Asbury Park, February 17, 2024 – New Jersey’s Premier Independent Film Festival is celebrating its 22ndAnniversary March 21 – 24.  The internationally recognized Garden State Film Festival (GSFF) celebrates the independent film genre by bringing a carefully curated and enriching selection of original works from locally produced filmmakers as well as from around the world.   “The upcoming 2024 Festival returns to experience 200 films from over 14 countries over four days in 8 venues hosting parties, professional panels, events, special honors and more,” says Lauren Concar Sheehy, the festival’s Executive Director.

The Garden State Film Festival offers several categories for films and filmmakers of all kinds.  Among the selection include feature length and short films, documentaries, comedies, children’s, thrillers, pilots, student films and “Home-Grown” films shot in NJ. The Garden State Film Festival is pleased to announce that the film Big Rusty directed by Mount Laurel resident, Ethan Davis, will screen at this year’s festival.  We hope you come out to cheer on our hometown heroes who have put so much time and talent into these productions.

“We are extremely proud to present Big Rusty as a part of our 22nd Annual Film Festival, and to share this work with our global audience,” says Lauren Concar Sheehy, the festival’s Executive Director.

Big Rusty will screen on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 9:15am at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, Kingsley Room in Asbury Park.

The film’s subject is: Two friends visit an abandoned building and find out they’re not alone.

You may contact the filmmaker by emailing them at

The entire GSFF program of this year’s selections will be presented in multiple venues in the Asbury Parkarea, with special events and screenings each night. A full day of screenings will also be presented at The Cranford Theater in Cranford, NJ on Saturday, March 23 starting at noon with the last screening ending at 10:15pm.  The film schedule indicates which films have subtitles available for universal-access for the hearing impaired.

Founder Diane Raver said, “The GSFF is action-packed and there is something for everyone!  Come one, come all, it only happens once a year and we don’t want you to miss it.”

Asbury Park highlights include the famous red-carpet Gala on Friday, March 22nd at the Asbury Lanes.  This event includes a cash bar cocktail reception and light fare with industry professionals, red carpet photos and a film screening starring Matthew Modine, John Cleese, Fiona Glascott, Derek Jacobi, Stuart Townsend in the feature drama The Martini Shot -a filmmaking reference to the last shot of a film shoot.  Tickets to this event are limited and are available on the website

Saturday and Sunday offer a schedule packed with films for every viewer, plus industry related workshops.  All events are open to the public.

The Garden State Film Festival offers a variety of ticket packages startimg at $18.  For tickets and more information about this film and other programs, please visit


About the Garden State Film Festival:

A 501-c-3 non-profit organization, created to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels. This globally recognized festival also provides creative arts education programs and creates a forum where local and international independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. Their outreach programs also support the U.S. Military, seniors, children and the underserved.  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 $10 million. It is held in Asbury Park and surrounding area as well as Cranford, NJ.


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