2020-21 Submissions Now Closed!

Get Ready for the Inaugural Cranford Film Festival!

Saturday April 17 - Sunday April 25, 2021

The Cranford Film Festival will be virtual this year due to the pandemic and ongoing safety precautions. The festival will run from Saturday April 17 to Sunday April 25 - nine days to watch the best in worldwide short films from your phone, laptop, tablet, at home or any points in between. While the ideal setting would be to hold the festival indoors, as originally planned, we hope we can accomplish our original goal of screening the festival films inside in 2022 when people have been vaccinated, we are safe from any new virus strains and people are more comfortable gathering.

The deadline for filmmaker submissions closed on January 22. All filmmakers will be notified of their status by March 1. Opportunities for sponsorships have been extended to March 26.

Saturday April 17 - Sunday April 25, 2021

A Virtual Celebration of the Best in Short Films From Around The World

The Cranford Film Festival (CFF) screens short films (30 seconds to 20 minutes) in the following categories: fiction, documentary, animation, student fiction, and music videos.

The Downtown Merchants, the Chamber of Commerce, the Cranford Theater and CFF Festival Director Lew Goldstein discussed the idea of bringing a film festival to Cranford for the first time given that Cranford has been voted the best downtown in New Jersey for the last two years.

Festival Director Lew Goldstein said: "We are appreciative of the community support for this inaugural festival. We thank all future festival goers for their patience, understanding and desire for this year's festival to be virtual as a matter of overall public health and safety. We will continue to monitor health updates on the COVID-19 virus and variants of the virus in the upcoming months. We hope to be able to gather indoors in the Spring of 2022 after people receive vaccinations and are again comfortable in an indoor setting. We hope everyone enjoys watching the films from their homes in April and thank our sponsors again for their support."

CFF has earmarked funds from ticket sales, donations from sponsors and individuals to go toward the non-profit organization Cranford Schools Friends of the Performing Arts (Cranford FOPA). FOPA President Chris Hoffman is looking forward to working with all groups and individuals in the town to make the initial year a success for not only their nonprofit but for all festival goers. Please show your support for the Festival and its mission by donating and buying tickets starting February 15 (see donate button at bottom of page).

This film festival gives an opportunity for new and current filmmakers to have their short films screened. All genres and styles of films will be considered. A Best of Festival Award and laurel will be given in each of the five categories.

(For more information on submission, deadline dates and awards, please visit filmfreeway.com).


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