Premiere screenings and panels offering insights into the making of short and feature length films are just some of the highlights of the fourteenth annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE). The expo will be held at the Bellmore Movie Theater, located at 222 Pettit Avenue, between July 7 and 14, 2011. Every film genre will be represented at LIIFE, which is being organized in part by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation.
LIIFE kicks off with an informal opening night, invitation-only party for participating filmmakers, sponsors, dignitaries, board members and press. Other events that will be held during LIIFE include the scriptwriting panel “Write Stuff,” which will take place between 12:15 and 1 pm on Saturday, July 9 at the Filmmakers Lounge, directly west of the Bellmore Movie Theater. The following day will feature a free Film Distribution Panel, titled “Hear Industry Professionals Discuss the Current State of Independent Film Distribution,” between 12 and 1 pm. The event will take place at the Filmmakers Lounge, and will be moderated by Marc Jacobson
Another event that will take place is the Filmmakers Breakfast Panel, which will take place between 10:30 am and 12 pm on July 9 at the Filmmakers Lounge. The topic for the panel, which is free for LIIFE 2011 Filmmakers and Gold Pass Holders and $5 General Admission for everyone else, will be “The Good, the Bad and the Horror Stories.”
The expo will come to an end on Thursday, July 14 at the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony. The winners will receive trophies and prizes, including cash, free editing time, DVDs and free rentals of lights. Some of the categories will include Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Short Film. Best Long Island Film, Best Student Film, and Best Foreign Film. The tickets for the general public will be $55, and Gold Pass Holders, Participating LIIFE Filmmakers, Filmmakers Connection Members, Students and Seniors will be charged $45. Valley Stream director, screenwriter and actor Edward Burns will make an appearance at the Closing Night Party to accept a Creative Achievement Award.
Several of the films scheduled to premiere at LIIFE include Come Hell or High Water, which will screen during the 5 pm Film Block on July 7; As If I Am Not There, scheduled for the 7 pm Film Block on July 8; Long Island Uncovered, which will premiere during the 7 pm Film Block on July 9. Also scheduled for July 9 is the Horror Block, which features such shorts as Alone, On Air and The Absence. Films scheduled to play on Sunday, July 10 during the 9:30 pm Film Block are Five Proof, Proposal and Godaizer. The movies scheduled to end the LIIFE on July 13 during the 7:45 pm Film Block are Magnetic, Waste of Time, Poker Face and Beatboxing.
Anyone who wants more information about the Expo, the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, the LIIFE Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony, the workshops or the screenings may call 516 571-3168, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the LIIFE website.