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Long Island International Film Expo

Long Island, as the name suggests, is an island that stretches from New York Harbour straight into the Atlantic Ocean and is made up of four counties; Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk. Of the four, Nassau County, which is located directly east of New York City, is known as the wealthiest county in New York, is where the Long Island International Film Expo takes place.

The Summer Festival

Debra Markowitz founded Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) in 1997 to encourage the growth of creative media content, such as film and TV production, in Long Island. LIIFE is a weeklong summer event that is held at the Bellmore Movies and occurs in July, and just like any other festival, it includes parties, publicity events, and the opportunity to network with filmmakers and top industry professionals. LIIFE also represents 33 countries, 15 states, 18 schools and several actors, including William Sadler and Neal Huff.

This festival screens independent films of all genres, from all over the world and generally shows 120-170 short and feature-length films that are graded and awarded in many different categories, such as the Best Foreign Film award; and people living outside of the United States who are interested to participate are highly encouraged to do so. The types of films that are considered for the awards are:

  • Feature Film
  • Short Film
  • Animation
  • Long Island Film
  • Foreign Film
  • Documentary

Hot and Cold

Long Island International Film Expo has been rated by Audience Awards as one of the “Top 10 Hottest Summer Festivals in The United States” and it has also been rated by the MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World”.

Long Island International Film Expo is a fascinating event where the audiences get the chance to experience films of different genres taken from different parts of the world. This spectacular event also hosts special performances by famous actors and singers at their Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony, both of which are truly unforgettable events.





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