Garden State Film Festival to take place in Asbury Park with some in-person events

The annual Garden State Film Festival is returning to some in-person events in Asbury Park this week, after being held virtually last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It feels amazing to be back in person,” says the festival’s executive director Lauren Concar Sheehy.
Around 300 features, documentaries, shorts and music videos will be screened at the festival.
Asbury Park venues such as the Berkeley Hotel, Asbury Hotel and Asbury Lanes will hold in-person, socially distanced events. The screenings will also be available to ticket buyers to watch online.
This is the 19th year of the festival, which shines a light on local filmmakers and movies from around the world.
Actor Daniel Baldwin will receive the festival's Independent Spirit Award. His documentary about addiction, "My Promise to PJ,” will also be screened.
The festival runs through Sunday, concluding with an awards ceremony which can also be viewed online. Tickets for hybrid and virtual events are available through the festival's website.