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Date:  April 18 - 21, 2024

Location:  Bernardsville Cinema

For almost three decades, FenceSitter Films has been dedicated to producing films that tell stories focusing on women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ communities.  Now the innovative production company is embarking on a new adventure, providing filmmakers a venue to showcase the future of cinema with the first annual FenceSitter Film Festival, in Bernardsville, NJ, destination place from NYC.


For four days in April, in the historic Bernardsville Cinema will be the site for groundbreaking films, exciting parties, and staged readings, all culminating in a memorable award ceremony.

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All three tracts are accepting narrative features and shots, documentary features and shorts, as we all as student films (18 years or younger) of any length.

Jane Campion

Women filmmakers and stories (in any way you choose to define her) take center stage in this tract. All films must be written and/or directed by a female and tell the story of this very under represented population.


John Waters

Queer cinema has never been more exciting, and this tract looks to expand upon its legacy.  Any and all filmmakers who fall under the beautful alphabet rainbow will be highlighted with stories that explore the LGBTQ+ experience


Melvin Van Peebles

This tract celebrates the diverse and varied filmmakers of color.  Films must be directed and/or written by or tell the story of the non-white experience.


The FenceSitter Screenplay Competition

Welcome to the Ultimate Screenplay Competition!


 1.) As always, the screenplays must fit into at least one of the festival's tracts. Meaning the writer or the content must be FenceSitter worthy. 

 2.) Screenplays must not exceed 15 pages and not rely on special effects.

 3.) Top three finalists of the competition will have a staged reading the weekend of the film festival in front of an audience.


 PRIZE: The winning screenplay will be produced by FENCESITTER FILMS and the completed film will premiere at the following year's festival with the writer(s)


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Come Join Us!

April 18 - 21 2024

​5 Mine Brook Rd | Bernardsville,NJ 07924

Bernardsville Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

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