The Garden State Film Festival will be held this year with a comprehensive hybrid schedule of in-person and virtual events, starting on Tuesday, March 23, and ending on Sunday, March 28. This comes at the perfect time, given that one year ago the Garden State Film Festival was shut down just 11 days before it was suppose to begin, due to the coronavirus lockdown. While programmers were able to move quickly and adjust over 200 films to fit an online platform, the community is ecstatic that the festival is making its way back to a normal setting in Asbury Park.
“It’s a whole new world we live in,” said GSFF executive director Lauren Concar Sheehy. “Our focus this year is transforming health through the arts. By integrating literary, performing, visual arts and design, along with other forms of creative expression, our mental wellness is enhanced through community connection.”
The 19th annual festival will present in-person screenings, with an option to screen virtually, at Asbury Lanes, Asbury Hotel and Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park. Four other venues will serve as virtual hosts. More than 300 films are set to play this year, along with celebrity guest appearances, panels and special events.
A full schedule is available at gsff.org. Be sure to check it out this year! Tickets are $20 for each online screening block, or $55 for a virtual multi-pass. The in-person screenings and special events require separate tickets.