17th Annual Long Island International Film Expo [LIIFE]

THE 2014 FACTS OF LIIFE — July 9-17, 2014 —  www.longislandfilm.com

– 158 short and feature-length independent films; including music videos and trailers from around the world

– 55 World premieres

– 46 Long Island premieres

– 44 New York premieres

–   4 Nassau County premieres

–   3 United States premieres

– 30 women directed films

– 32 films have ties to Long Island

– 56 films shot in New York State

– 17 films shot in New York City

– 33 countries represented including Argentina; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; China; Columbia; France; Germany; Hong Kong; Hungary; India; Israel; Italy; the Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; the Philippines; Poland; Scotland; South Korea; Spain; Switzerland; Syria; Taiwan; Tanzania; Turkey; the Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States and Vietnam.

– 15 states represented including: Arizona; Arkansas; California; Connecticut; Georgia; Illinois; Massachusetts; Mississippi; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Texas; Washington and the District of Columbia

– 18 schools represented including: A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts; American Film Institute Conservatory; Brooklyn College; City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism; Columbia University; Edinburgh College of Art; Griffith Film School (Brisbane Australia); Hofstra University; Locust Valley High School (Locust Valley, NY); Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA); MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design); The National Film and Television School; New York Film Academy; NYU Tisch School of the Arts; Rochester Institute of Technology; Shih-Chien University (Taiwan); Whistlingwoods International (Mumbai, India) and Zurich University of the Arts.

– Film slate includes actors: William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption); Dominic Fumusa (Nurse Jackie); Marc Coppola (Apocalypse Now); Kevin Corrigan (Grounded for Life); Nick Sandlow (Orange is the New Black); Neal Huff (Moonrise Kingdom); Robert Clohessy (Boardwalk Empire); James van der Beek (Dawson’s Creek); Terry Serpico (Army Wives); John Cullum (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit); Lauren Hodges (Rubicon); James McCaffrey (Rescue Me); Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull) and  Dee Snider (Twisted Sister).

– 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient: Robert Davi (Die Hard, License to Kill).

– Closing Night Ceremony celebrity guests scheduled to attend: William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption); Lynne Cohen (The Hunger Games); Brian O’Halloran (Clerks); Kevin Brown (30 Rock); John Nolan (musician) and Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado.


Click here for the schedule of events!


“Past LIIFE” Photo Gallery

Who’s Who


Debra Markowitz

Festival Director – Nassau County Film Office

Debra Markowitz serves as Director of the Nassau County Film Office. In this capacity, Ms. Markowitz presides over the Nassau County Film Commission, now known as the Nassau County Film Advisory Board, and chairs as its Executive Director.

Serving three administrations during her 25-year tenure, Ms. Markowitz has steadily increased production of movies, television programs and commercials that are shot in Nassau County, logging over 650 production days and over $80M in positive economic impact. Under her auspices, Nassau County currently ranks #2 in New York State for the amount of documented production days, second only to New York City.

Ms. Markowitz also serves as Vice President of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, Long Island’s most established and largest not-for-profit agency dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking. Under her directorship, the Foundation spawned the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE.) The event, currently in its 16th year, enjoys enormous popularity, attracting short and feature-length independent films from around the world, spotlighting films made on Long Island and concluding with a star-studded award celebration.

Ms. Markowitz is an ex-officio member of the New York Production Alliance and is a member the Association of Film Commissioners International.

Debra Markowitz is also a freelance writer and novelist. The third book in her trilogy (following Naked in the Rain and Sarah and Caleb), Karmic Wind is set for release in 2013. For a complete list of her work, please visit her site, www.debramarkowitz.com.

Ms. Markowitz’s name can be found on the Long Island Press’ Power List, 50 Long Islanders Who Control Our Lives (2003 and 2012); Beverly Fortune’s 52 (2006); as the recipient of the prestigious George M. Estabrook Alumni Award for Distinguished Service (Hofstra University, 2011) and the 2012 Long Island Arts Council honoree as its Outstanding Advocate for the Arts.

An enthusiastic fellow filmmaker, Ms. Markowitz has acted as Casting Director, consultant, writer and producer on movie, television and commercial projects individually and with CastingKarma.

Debra Markowitz, an avid practitioner of yoga, lives in North Merrick with her partner, John Marean, and their daughters. Ms. Markowitz is a proud volunteer at the Save-A-Pet organization.