The SOMA Film Festival showcases exceptional independent narrative and documentary films in the heart of the towns of Maplewood and South Orange, New Jersey.

The festival begins with an opening night soirée and screening, ends with a closing night award ceremony and showcases over 100 great films (long and short) in between.

  • Screenplay Competition
    Once again this year, we will hold a short screenplay competition with a $1000 prize. Three finalists will be selected and the winner will be announced before the Saturday night feature.

  • Special Programs
    Our much-loved Kids, Youth Filmmaker, and our Locals Only Program will be back again this year.

  • Filmmaker Passes
    Filmmakers who submit and are accepted will receive five VIP Passes for all the films, the party, guest speakers, and panels. Also, filmmakers in attendance will meet one-on-one with a noted expert in film distribution to discuss their work and the options that exist.

  • Awards & Prizes
    Winners will be announced for the categories below at the festival's closing ceremony:
  • Best Short Documentary/Narrative
    Best Feature Length Documentary/Narrative
    Best Short Director Documentary/Narrative
    Best Feature Length Director Documentary/Narrative
    Best Screenplay / Narrative Feature
    Audience Choice award

  • Notable past speakers and participants:
  • Fredric Lehne - Director, Shy Guys, appeared as an actor in over 100 films and TV shows.
    Steven Kampmann - Director/Writer/Actor - directed Stealing Home w/ Jodie Foster, wrote Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield, and was a series regular as an actor on Newhart.
    Stephen Whitty - Famed critic and journalist for Newark Star Ledger, book author
    Danielle Ferland - Tony award winner, actress in Jessica Jones on Netflix