Closing Night & Awards Ceremony

Sunday, August 15, 2021 – 5:30pm in the Filmmakers Lounge  – 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710

Awards Ceremony and After Party for the 2021 Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) – begins at Bellmore Movies for entertainment and awards ceremony (5:30 – 7:00) followed by After Party in the Filmmakers Lounge (7:00 – 8:30).

FREE for participating filmmakers – 2021 filmmaker badge good for two (2) entries.

Tickets can also be purchased at the box office at anytime once the festival has begun.  Online ticket sales end the morning of the Awards @ 9am. After that it’s all at the box office. Cash or credit.

Honorees

Kim Delaney

Excellence in Film and TV Award

Kim Delaney is a nationally known actress known for her highly acclaimed career in both television and film. Kim was born and raised in Philadelphia and started her modeling career during her senior year of high school. She is still widely recognized from her first television role on ABC’s “All My Children,” playing the beloved Jenny Gardner and earning her first daytime Emmy nomination. Kim went on to star in television shows such as “Tour of Duty,” “CSI: Miami,” “Philly,” “The O.C.” and two of her most memorable roles as Diane Russell in “NYPD Blue,” and as as Claudia Joy Holden in “Army Wives.” During the eight seasons Delaney spent on ” NYPD Blue,” she earned 3 Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, three Screen Actors Guild nominations and won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

On the big screen, Kim appeared in a variety of films, most notably Brian DePalma’s, “Mission to Mars,” also starring Gary Sinise and Tim Robbins. She has also co-executive produced “Finding a Family,” based on a true story and “Devil to Pay,” directed by Bobby Roth.

Kim has recurred as Dr. Nancy Redman in TNT’s “Murder in the First” for Steven Bochco, starred in Hallmark’s “Signed, Sealed and Delivered,” stars in the independent feature currently on Netflix, “God Bless the Broken Road,” recurred on Crackle’s “The Oath,” as well as NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”

Kim most recently starred in Lifetime’s, “The Long Island Serial Killer: A Mother’s Hunt for Justice,” which premiered in 2021. The movie is inspired by the emotional story of Mari Gilbert, played by Delaney, a mother whose daughter’s disappearance led to the discovery of 19 bodies, many of which are believed to have been murdered by an unidentified Long Island serial killer. The film follows her relentless pursuit for answers and the truth.

She was also recently nominated for her second Daytime Emmy Award for her work on “General Hospital,” where she recently joined the cast as a guest star.

Kim spends her spare time reading, practicing pilates, and biking.

Kristin Thorne

Excellence in Newscasting Award

Kristin Thorne is the Long Island correspondent for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News.

Before joining the Eyewitness News team in January 2012, Kristin was a reporter at News 12 Westchester. Before that, she worked at WHTM-TV ABC 27 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Kristin loves being involved with the Long Island community. She volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center and the Boy Scouts. She also is a Eucharistic minister and lector at her church.

Kristin graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and earned her master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

She is the recipient of an Emmy Award and has received numerous Emmy nominations. She has also been honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and has received several Folio awards, which honor the best of Long Island journalism.

Kristin is training for a triathlon and enjoys reading, studying Spanish and traveling around the U.S and Europe. She loves exploring new places and has rarely visited the same place twice.

Kristin lives on Long Island with her husband, three children, and their Corgi Max.

Presenters

Eddie McGee

Eddie McGee was born and raised on Long Island, NY. After the loss of his left leg at the age of 11, his hope and dream of joining the NYPD like the majority of his family disappeared. At 16, he worked on high rise elevators across NYC. In college, on a full scholarship, he played wheelchair basketball for The University of Texas in Arlington. As a broadcast major and theater minor, Eddie learned scene study and voice over skills that he still uses to this day. In 2000 he landed his first lead role in the feature film Drop Dead Roses. Shortly after, he appeared on Law & Order and subsequently scored a variety of roles from soap operas and music videos to commercials and feature films. Trained in wire-work and stunts, The Hollywood Reporter raved “The film boasts the charismatic Eddie McGee, who doesn’t let his real-life amputee condition prevent him from engaging in some badass action movies.” Twitch stated “McGee displays the perfect balance of toughness, decency and vulnerability…and some of the ways he uses his disability to his advantage are killer.” Eddie has been featured on the front cover of magazines and has appeared on Elementary (CBS) and Chicago Med (NBC.) most recently on That Damn Michael Che (HBO Max.)