Film Festival


The Burlington County Board of Commissioners, through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant, is excited to recognize a new brand of artist in 2022, the filmmaker!

All Ages Welcome to Submit!

Burlington County Parks will launch a 2-day short film festival in the spring of 2022 (May 12th & 13th), creating an opportunity for visual storytellers to have their work critiqued by a panel of filmmakers and educators. Along with cash prizes and awards, the Burlington County Short Film Festival is an excellent way to learn from other filmmakers, sharpen skills, and be recognized for your work. Winning films will be screened during the 2-day film festival.

As the accessibility of cell phone video expands, filmmakers are creating more and more diversified stories. The Burlington County Commissioners would like to recognize filmmakers that tell stories of their experiences. Submissions can be broadly categorized as fiction (narrative films), non-fiction (documentary), avant-garde (experimental), or animation.

A special PARKS category of films will be reserved for submissions about Burlington County Parks, shot in and around the parks, or have a nature theme.

Film submissions must be under 30 minutes and family-friendly. Any films containing offensive language or adult themes will be advised to re-edit or not be accepted. Submissions may not include political propaganda, and overtly political films, as decided by the panel, will not be accepted. 

In order to apply:

  1. Upload your film to YouTube.
  2. Complete your application and include the URL link to your film on YouTube.

All films must be submitted by the end of the day (5:00 pm) on Tuesday, March 15th. There is no entry fee, so create as many short films as you like.

Judging will be completed by the middle of April, and announcements of winners will be at the beginning of May. All are welcome to attend the screening of winning films, have discussions with filmmakers, and celebrate filmmaking in Burlington County.

By submitting your film, you agree that you allow Burlington County to use clips from your film for the purposes of marketing the Film Festival.