The Long Island Film/TV Foundation and the Nassau County Film Commission present the 20th Annual LIIFE – Long Island International Film Expo, July 13 – 20, 2017 at the historic Bellmore Movies. This year’s festival will include over a hundred short and feature-length independent films from all over the world.
The LIIFE – Long Island International Film Expo includes an informal Opening Night Party attended by participating filmmakers, sponsors, dignitaries, board members, press/media, and ticket holders (this event is invitation only).
Several panels are held during the LIIFE – Long Island International Film Expo – topics include: distribution, scriptwriting, legal music, directors’ audition panel, Meet the Film Festival Directors panel, and a filmmaker panel/breakfast. (These may change yearly)
Once the winners of the LIIFE – Long Island International Film Expo are chosen (a combination of audience ballot and judging committee), they are honored at the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony, where they receive trophies and winners’ prizes (which vary from cash prizes, editing time, DVDs, free rentals of lights, etc.). The Closing Party and Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Filmmakers Lounge, directly West of the Bellmore Movies.
Awards are given for: Best Director, Best Story, Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Long Island Film, Best Student Film, Best Animation, Best Foreign Film, Best Web Series and other special categories. Technical categories include: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Lighting. Technical awards will be presented on Friday, July 14, 2017. The Special Acting Categories will be presented at the awards ceremony on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
The LIIFE – Long Island International Film Expo has been attended by some Hollywood’s finest including: John Amos (What’s Happening), Ed Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show), Robert Davi (Goonies), William Sadler (Shawshank Redemption), John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Billy Baldwin (Backdraft), Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan), Cliff Robertson (Charley, PT109), Danny Aiello (Moonstruck), Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Judy Berlin), Steve Guttenberg (Cocoon), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid), Kevin Brown (30 Rock), Kelly Rutherford (Melrose Place), Oleg Cassini (fashion designer), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Arc, The Perfect Storm), Eddie McGee (Big Brother), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Dogma), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller), Yancy Butler (Witchblade), Tony Lo Bianco (Police Story), Nestor Serrano (24), Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray, Huge), Kevin Covais (American Idol), Adam Ferrara (Rescue Me), Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull), Ally Sheedy, Robert Vaugh, Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods), Melissa Archer (One Life to Live) and others.