Contact: Lisa Wartur
Garden State Film Festival Announces
Movie Music Competition

2019 Call For Entries Is Now Open Until Dec. 1st
PRESS RELEASE: The world-renowned Garden State Film Festival is delighted to announce that its annual Movie Music Competition is accepting submissions of  original movie music from any independent film until December 1, 2018. GSFF is proud to be the FIRST in Film Festival History to recognize the vast and varied achievements of musical composers in the cinematic arts on it's own merit . Entries will be judged by music professionals.  

Think “Lara’s Theme” from Doctor Zhivago…it’s the first thing you think of when you hear the film title…GSFF is looking for music that stands on its own merit, not necessarily sound effect tracks. Music sets its own backdrop, creates a mood, conveys attitude and emotion, re-enforces action and rounds out the complete vision of the film. Movies without music are as unnatural as movies without popcorn.  

Those interested in entering music from any produced film for consideration are being asked to submit any original music track ( ONE track per entry please! ) from any of the film categories (please specify what category the film falls under, i.e. Documentary, Feature, Animation, etc. – but do NOT send us the actual film ! Remember, GSFF wants the music to stand on its own).

To submit your piece of original music from a film, please go to:

If you have any questions please contact us DIRECTLY at or 877-908-7050– do NOT contact FilmFreeway Customer Support about this particular category. GSFF is happy to answer any and all of your questions!

**IMPORTANT: FilmFreeway will kick entries out unless the title of this project is different than the film, if it was entered as well. For instance, please change the title of the song to “Blahdeblah the Music Track” if the film “Blahdeblah” was also entered. You must create a new project in the system specifically for the music.

GSFF would like entrants to please note that they will be asked many questions about the films...but to just do the best they can and remember that the Festival is rmostly interested in the music for this particular competition!

Winners of the GSFF Movie Music Track Competition will be recognized at the exclusive GSFF Black Tie Awards Dinner to be held on March 31, 2019 at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park. Information about the Movie Music Track Competition is also available on the web site at .

***Still confused about this category???
The idea behind this category is that we noticed that so many indie films have great music tracks, but the film isn't always wonderful. Think Dr. Zhivago..and you immediately hear "Lara's Theme"..but can't remember anything about the movie but a whole lot of snow.. We are looking for tracks that stand on their own..just like "Lara's Theme"...not necessarily a series of sound effects if you catch our drift ( no pun intended Dr. Zhivago!!). So if you know of a piece of music like that, we hope you will submit! Winners are announced prior to the festival and are played before and after each screening event.

About The Garden State Film Festival:

The Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) was envisioned by 25-year film industry veteran Diane Raver and the late Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli in 2002 and launched the following year. Since 2003, thousands of films have made their public premieres, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have attended; and the total infusion of cash to local businesses since inception exceeds $5million. It is held in Asbury Park and surrounding area. The GSFF is a 501-c-3non- profit organization. For more information about the Garden State Film Festival, contact:
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