Garden State Film Festival may skip Asbury for A.C.

The word is out that the Garden State Film Festival is looking to leave Asbury Park and move down to Atlantic City. Apparently, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority [CRDA] in the gambling mecca has been courting the festival.

“We’re exploring possibilities with other municipalities,” Diane Raver, executive director of the Garden State Film Festival, told the Asbury Park Press about moving down to Atlantic City. “They’re inviting us to come their way and we feel very fortunate that they see the event value in our event.”

The chairman of the CRDA said in a statement that the film festival could be a “signature event.”


Particularly because in their story the Asbury Park Press labelled the festival “Jersey Shore’s answer to Cannes.”

Hey, nothing like accuracy in media.

Raver founded the film festival ten years ago in Asbury Park. The Press said she’ll make a decision in the fall about whether to stay, attributing the problem to the conflict between the city and boardwalk redeveloper Madison Marquette over Convention Hall [above] — which may lead to the shutting down of the Paramount Theater in the building. The Paramount was a major venue for the film festival.