The Westfield International Film Festival (formerly Rahway International Film Festival), a Big Dreams and Silver Screens production, is a nonprofit film festival first founded in June of 2013 in an effort to create a warm and welcoming home for independent filmmakers and fans of film in New Jersey and the surrounding area. We annually showcase short films, feature films and music videos while offering seminars & networking opportunities to those interested in the film industry. First held at the Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts in Rahway, NJ, we retained the town’s name for our first five years as the Rahway International Film Festival.
Now known as the Westfield International Film Festival, we are located in the neighboring town of Westfield, NJ where we call The James Ward Mansion home. The move has provided a beautiful, unique, & exclusive space in which we are happy to honor our hard-working filmmakers whom we feel deserve the full red-carpet treatment.
As we enter our sixth year, we have more than just a name change in store. We are expanding our three-day event to a full four day weekend! This means more films, more workshops, more seminars, more filmmaker Q&As, and much more! We will also be back for our second year at the gorgeous and unique venue, The James Ward Mansion in Westfield, NJ!
Our mission is to provide an opportunity for artists worldwide to showcase works that educate, and inspire equality, empathy and awareness through film.
We believe that film can reach the mind and soul in ways nothing else can. For this reason, we present films that strive to promote equality, champion the oppressed and promote open-mindedness. We also offer seminars and workshops intended to engage and educate aspiring filmmakers and on-camera talent.
Our intent is to call attention to and encourage the artistic endeavors of women and minorities, whose work is often overlooked, and in so doing, fully advocate for equality.
As a women-led film festival in a primarily male-dominated film industry and in keeping with our mission of equality, we seek to present an equal ratio of films created by male and female filmmakers (Director/Writer/Producer/DP) from around the world. We also present the annual “Woman in Film Award” to honor and celebrate women in the film industry who exemplify our definition of success.
We are committed to enhancing the creative community in the Tri-State area and providing a platform for both local and international storytellers to not only share their work but enjoy a place to forge new relationships for collaboration. To read some testimonials by attendees, please read below.
To learn more about our parent organization, Big Dreams & Silver Screens, please visit the BDSS page.
To learn more about our first five years as the Rahway International Film Festival, please visit our former website www.rahwayfilmfest.com.
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Be a part of the team! We are looking for people with an interest in film, party planning, marketing and/or the entertainment industry. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can find a role for you!
Check out our Volunteer Page for available roles and descriptions.