17th Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) Announces 2014 Award Winners

The 17th Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) drew to a close on Thursday , July 17th with the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony. The evening began with a buffet dinner in the Filmmakers Lounge where filmmakers informally gathered one last time to reminisce about 2014 LIIFE and talk about …film (of course) .

The celebration continued at Bellmore Movies for the Award Ceremony where guests were treated to a special musical performance by Long Island native Noelle Yatauro. The host for the event was Brian O’Halloran (Clerks) and presenters included Marc Coppola (Leaving Las Vegas), John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday), Tom Pelphrey (As the World Turns) and Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado (Former NFL Player).

Robert Davi, Long Island Filmmaker Achievement Award recipient and Sean Young, Creative Achievement Award recipient , were on hand to receive their special awards. Representing Nassau County were Ed Mangano, County Executive , and Debra Markowitz, Festival Director and Director of the Nassau County Film Office.

“There were so many great gems at this year’s Long Island International Film Expo. It was not an easy task for our seven judges to select the films in the first place, however, it was the audience ballots that really determined the winners,” said Debra Markowitz, the Festival Director. “In my personal opinion, everyone involved in 2014 LIIFE was a winner and should be applauded.”

NOTE: The 18th Annual Long Island International Film Expo will take place July 8 – July 16, 2015. Submission dates open in mid- October 2014. Be sure to check www.longislandfilmexpo.com

for updates and more information.

The Festival Awards were given out at the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, July 17, 2014:

Special Honorees

Robert Davi – Long Island Filmmaker Achievement Award

Sean Young – Creative Achievement Award

Best Student Film

Tobacco Burn

Best Animation

Rabbit and Deer

Best Documentary-Tie

Buffalo Nation: The Children Are Crying

Shunned

Best Music Video

Ganesh is Fresh

Best Trailer

Bloodlines

Best Foreign Short

Carry On

Best Foreign Feature

Tempo Girl

Best First Short Film

My Cross to Bear

Best First Feature Film

The Historian

Best Long Island Short Film

Reaching Home

Best Long Island Feature Film

Bridge and Tunnel

Alan Fortunoff Humanitarian Film Award

Everyone Deserves a Decent Life

Best Short Film

Graduation

Best Feature Film

Cigarette Soup

Best Story

Gli Zii

Best Director

Pretty

Jury Award for a Short Film

Until Death

Jury Award for a Feature Film

Hitting Home

Gold Pass Award

Trouble With Women

The Special Awards were given out at the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, July 17th, 2014:

Best Actress in a Short Film

Joy Shatz-Wild Woman

Best Actress in a Feature Film

Florentine Krafft-Tempo Girl

Honorable Mention for Best Actress in a Feature Film

Marion Elaine-Do You Think I’m Pretty

Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film

Mary Ellen Schneider-Graduation

Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film

Lisa Bruhlmann-Tempo Girl

Best Actor in a Short Film-Tie

Lukas Hassel-Into the Dark

Graham Powell-Park 51

Best Actor in a Feature Film

William Sadler-The Historian

Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film

Armen Garo-Graduation

Best Supporting Actor in a Feature

John Cullum-The Historian

Honorable Mention for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film

Jose Barros-Tempo Girl

The Technical Awards were given out at the Opening Night Party on Friday, July 11th, 2014:

Best Original Song

“Here Comes the Wolf”-John Nolan-Bridge and Tunnel

Best Original Score-Tie

A Man on the Edge-Joff Busch

Modern Nature-Alexander Leon

Honorable Mention for Best Original Score

Moustache-Dan Redfeld

Best Cinematography in a Short Film

Graduation-Matt Bockelman

Honorable Mention for Best Cinematography in a Short Film

Rab da Vaasta (For God’s Sake)-NN Raghavendra Kumar

Best Cinematography in a Feature Film

Trouble with Women-Patrick Ginnetty

Best Editing

The Boy and The Bus-Matt Chodan

Honorable Mentions for Best Editing

Robert La Rosa-Return

Jackie Xerri-Mint Chip

Best Art Direction

Mr. Ideas

For more information on LIIFE, please visit: www.longislandfilmexpo.com.

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FESTIVAL DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF

THE NASSAU COUNTY FILM OFFICE…

Debra Markowitz, debfilm@aol.com

MEDIA CONTACTS…

Melanie Lentz-Janney

Melanie@doverwood.com, 321.945.4208

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