LIIFE - Long Island International Film Expo 2016

Long Island International Film ExpoThe Long Island Film / TV Foundation and the Nassau County Film Commission are proud to announce that the Long Island International Film Expo will be held at the Bellmore Movies Theater from July 13 – 21, 2016. Call for submissions open mid October 2015 and cut off date for submissions will be March 1, 2016. Past festivals have hosted from 100 - 170 short and feature-length independent films from all over the globe during this week long film festival.

Every film genre is considered.

A schedule of films and their synopses will be available as we get closer to the festival date. Please check the website for more details.

The Long Island International Film Expo starts with the opening night party that is by invitation only. Participating filmmakers, sponsors, dignitaries, board members, press and media are invited to this informal gathering.

Several panels are held during the first weekend of the Long Island International Film Expo – usually consisting of a distribution panel, a script writing panel, film financing panel, acting panels and a filmmaker panel and breakfast.

Once the winners of the Long Island International Film Expo are chosen by a combination of audience ballot and judging committee, they are honored at the Long Island International Film Expo Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony, where they receive their trophies and winners' prizes (which vary every year from free editing time, DVDs, free rentals of lights, etc.) The Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Party will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the Bellmore Movie Theater.

Formats for screening during the festival include .mp4 files. We have top of the line projection equipment, so our video screenings have the highest screening quality. We also have a script writing competition.

Some of the categories awarded may include: Best Director, Best Story, Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Long Island Film, Best Student Film, Best Animation, Best Foreign Film and others. There will be several technical and special categories judged before the film festival by special entry. Technical and special categories will include: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Lighting and possibly others. Generally, the technical awards are presented at the opening night party except for the acting awards which are presented closing night.

Past festivals/closing night awards ceremonies have been attended by Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), John Amos (Coming to America), Billy Baldwin (Backdraft), Cliff Robertson (Charley, PT109), Danny Aiello (Moonstruck), Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie), Steve Guttenberg (Cocoon), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid), Kelly Rutherford (Melrose Place), Oleg Cassini (fashion designer), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Arc, The Perfect Storm), Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull), Nikki Blonsky (Huge, Hairspray), Eddie McGee (Big Brother), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Dogma), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller), Adam Ferrara (Rescue Me), Ed Burns (Brothers’ McMullen), Robert Vaughn (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Ally Sheedy (Breakfast Club), William Sadler (Iron Man 3), Robert Davi (Goonies) and John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday) and others.

If you have any questions regarding the Long Island International Film Expo, the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony, the Filmmakers Connection meetings or the Long Island Film/ TV Foundation, please call 516 571-3168 or e-mail Please check our website for more information at