New Jersey Independent Film Festival

New Jersey Independent Film Festival

The New Jersey Independent Film Festival is a showcase of global independent films.

New Jersey Independent Film Festival
  • Encounters lost in time (Portugal) by José Manuel Fernandes

    Synopsis: A Portuguese on the island of Tanegashima, follows the story of the first meeting between Japan and the West, observing that the gestures of the Portuguese and Japanese today reproduce the gestures of the Portuguese and Japanese of yesterday, in the same space, at another time. Running ...

  • Armored Saint - A Band of Brothers (UK) by Russell Cherrington

    Synopsis: This is the story of Armored Saint, a band of brothers that created their own unique sound and image in the 1980's Los Angeles rock and metal scene. Running time: 02:24:00.

    About the director: Cherrington is a senior lecturer for Film and Video Production at the University of Derby. H...

  • Lights Out, Berlin! (Germany) by Dimitris Argyriou

    Lights Out, Berlin! is a documentary about the effects of the covid-19 pandemic in Berlin's music & club scene. Berlin has always been a vivid and colourful city. A city that was full of inspiring spots, artistic opportunities, and loud nightlife. A city with a huge cultural background that was f...

  • LCAW - Heart Of Glass (Germany) by Nathan Ceddia

    Synopsis: Music video for musician LCAW. Running time: 00:03:17.

  • Freewheelin' (Norway) by Finn Walther

    Synopsis: Constrained by his physical impairment, a boy in a wheelchair gets a wild idea when meeting a free-range hen. Freewheelin’ is a one minute story about restraints versus opportunities, and reaching for the stars in the spirit of Ikaros in Greek mythology. Running time: 00:01:20.


  • RE-MEMBERING Meditation on a Triptych (Sweden) by Amra Heco

    Synopsis: A chance encounter with discovered video footage from 1983 of the Bosnian town Tesanj triggers unexpected emotions as the filmmaker recognizes her grandfather who died in the 90's during the war. This opens old wounds, but also creates an opportunities for healing. The film is a meditat...

  • Holestepper (Peru) by Sergio Fernández Muñoz

    Angel (Oswaldo Salas), an enthusiastic high school teacher, discovers a website where his students make fun of him and his disability through some strange videos. Mixing the reality and the digital universe adolescent, Angel will be involved in a world hitherto unknown.

  • A Fugue (UK) by Charles Jimenez

    Synopsis: In a melancholic half-alive dreamscape, a nameless and featureless sedentary body forgotten from time and space struggles to find the light to its path amongst an ever-expanding disorderly reverie. Running time: 00:11:00.

    Selections/awards: Philadelphia Youth FF (Winner Experimental),...

  • Candle (UK) by Charles Jimenez

    Synopsis: Confined to an endlessly burning waiting room, a dying sedentary woman experiences herself blurring between existences as she decays. In her last remaining fragments she tries to make amends with her spirit before her last frame. Running time: 00:06:55.

  • Hermanita (USA) by Hisonni Mustafa

    Synopsis: After recently being released from prison, Daniella learns that her little sister has been abused at the hands of her stepfather and has to decide if her duty to protect her sister is more important than freedom. Running time: 00:11:39.

  • Moscow State Circus (USA) by Joshua Van Horn

    Synopsis: A short profile on the bears of the Moscow State Circus based on a passage by John McPhee. Running time: 00:01:02.

    Selections/awards: Extremely Shorts FF, MicroMania FF, Big Teeth Small Shorts FF, Doc.London, and more.

  • Atmospheric Marginalia (USA) by Adam E. Stone

    Equal parts poetic essay film and family folklore, Atmospheric Marginalia is an enchanting probe into a pair of star-crossed lovers and misfits, the continuing bonds theory of grief, and the existence of an afterlife. Steeped in the tradition of raw, no-budget guerrilla filmmaking, it was filmed ...

  • Rebirth (Sweden) by Nils Agdler

    REBIRTH is the first short film in the Male Nature Studies series. The second film, RETARDATION, was produced in 2021. In these films, Nils Agdler examines alternative approaches to what is popularly called ”toxic masculinity”. In today's society, it has a great impact as a negative male role mod...