Asbury Park, NJ
The Tenth Annual Garden State Film Festival is scouting candidates for their annual Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award. The award is named after the late award winning actor and co-founder of the GSFF, Robert Pastorelli who was instrumental in bringing this prestigious event to the State of New Jersey.The award will be presented at the Garden State Film Festival Black Tie Awards Dinner on March 25th, 2012 at The Crystal Point in Pt. Pleasant , NJ.The Robert Pastorelli Rising Star Award is open to all present or former New Jersey actors, regardless of age or union affiliation Eligible candidates must have been born or raised in New Jersey and have an undeniable passion for the art form and have made inroads to the industry through hard work and determination. The deciding committee will be looking for a progression of work in theater, commercials, television, and film. Submissions should be sent to GSFF Pastorelli Award C/O 1310 Winding Brook Road, Spring Lake, NJ 07762. Postmarked no later than December 1, 2011, and should include a headshot, resume, references and demo DVD, or website address if available. Submitted materials will not be returned to applicants. 

Interviews will take place in January at a location to be determined. For more about The Garden State Film Festival please visit our website at


About the 10th Annual Garden State Film Festival

The Garden State Film Festival was born in 2002 after a chance encounter in a Sea Girt, NJ Grocery store by 25-year film industry veteran Diane Raver and the well-known Hollywood actor Robert Pastorelli. Through his deep ties to Hollywood Mr. Pastorelli and Ms. Raver were able to bring the Garden State Film Festival to life at its successful premiere in 2003. Since that time, such industry notables such as Glenn Close, Frank Vincent, Batman producer Michael Uslan, Austin Pendleton, Kurtwood Smith, James Gandolfini, Budd Schulberg,Clarence Clemons, Bruce Stringsteen and others have lent their support. GSFF is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization held in the spring of each year at the Paramount Theater/Convention Hall complex as well as other venues in Asbury Park, New Jersey and surrounding area. For more information about the Garden State Film Festival please visit or call 1-877-908-7050.


About the Sponsors of the 10th Annual Garden State Film Festival

The 10th Annual Garden State Film Festival could not be possible without the generous support of the following sponsors: The Asbury Park Press, In Jersey Magazine, Metromix Jersey Shore and The Islander, Madison Marquette, New Jersey Transit, Video Corporation of America,, Monmouth County Arts Council, Saker ShopRites, Inc.,, and Media Services. Other contributors include the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, Yes!!! Let’s Talk About You!, King Limousine and Car Service. For more information about our sponsors please visit



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