Garden State Film Festival Accepting Nominations For The Rising Star Award

The internationally recognized Garden State Film Festival (GSFF), which returns home to Asbury Park this March for its 16th anniversary, is now accepting applications for the 2018 Rising Star Award.

The award, which recognizes up-and-coming actors for achievements in theater, film and television, is open to actors of all ages and affiliations. Managers, agents, actors and friends of actors are invited to submit their nominations at and click on the right on Rising Star Award for more information.

Eligible candidates must showcase an undeniable passion for acting, with a progression of work in theater, commercials, television or film. Past winners include Adam Mucci, of the hit TV series "Boardwalk Empire" and "Orange is the New Black"; Ronnie Marmo, of "General Hospital"; Joey Russo, of the acclaimed 2014 film "Jersey Boys"; and 2017 winner Camrus Johnson, of Marvel's "Luke Cage" and "There's...Johnny!"

The winner must be available to attend the Garden State Film Festival, held from March 22 to 25, 2018 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The recipient will be honored at the GSFF Black Tie Awards Banquet on March 25 at The English Manor and invited to participate in festival events.

Nominations are due by December 1, 2017. The winner will be announced in January 2018. For more information on how to apply visit, or email

About the Garden State Film Festival: The Garden State Film Festival was envisioned by 25-year film industry veteran Diane Raver and the late Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli in 2002 and launched the following year. Since 2003, thousands of films have made their public premiers, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have attended; and the total infusion of cash to local businesses since inception exceeds $5 million. It was held in Asbury Park, in and around the Convention Center complex. From 2014 to 2017, it was held in Atlantic City. Beginning in 2018, it will move back to Asbury Park. The GSFF is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization.

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