The Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) will celebrate its 12th festival with an exciting lineup of independent and studio films from around the globe. Scheduled to take place July 26 - July 29 on Long Island, the Festival will screen over 60 films, including feature-length narratives, documentaries, and shorts that will compete for a series of Jury Awards.

During its multi-day run, the Festival will feature an array of nightly special events, including red carpet premieres, gala celebrations, film-inspired chef dinners, filmmaker receptions, compelling filmmaker Q & A's, international spotlights, industry seminars and musical performances (all pending). The Festival will host numerous opportunities to connect with enthusiastic new audiences, fellow filmmakers, film industry professionals, non-profit organizations, and the media in the beautiful oceanside locale of Long Beach, New York. The LBIFF is committed to providing an outstanding experience for both our filmmakers and our audiences.

The City of Long Beach, along with screenings in nearby Lynbrook, will serve as host to the Festival's film screenings and special events. Located just 25 miles east of Manhattan and 20 minutes from JFK Airport, LBIFF offers an optimal setting to experience filmmaking at its finest. Long Beach boasts one of the largest movie consumer groups in the world with a rich filmmaking history right here on Long Island. Thousands of visitors every year are drawn to the City's spectacular coastline, fine dining, shopping, and endless recreational activities.

All submitted films must comply with the Submissions Guidelines including deadlines, exhibition format, entry material, etc. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Your film will be watched, in its entirety, by multiple people so we suggest that you submit your film as early as possible.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work. Long Beach International Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.

Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials sent to the Festival but the Festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the Festival.

Films submitted must be available for EXHIBITION as: Digital Cinema Package (DCP) - 24fps, blu ray NTSC region 0 or 1 or H.264 Quicktime HD NTSC.

Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles.

Films must not screen in the U.S. in theaters, air on U.S. television, or be available to US consumers in stores or via the internet before August 4, 2023.

The number(s), date(s), time(s), and locations of the screenings of films are subject to the discretion of the Long Beach International Film Festival.

Entry materials and films will not be returned.

The Long Beach International Film Festival does not pay additional charges for originals, masters, or special prints.

Notification will be emailed on July 7th. All correspondence will be done through EMAIL ONLY to the original submitter.

Overall Rating
  • We were honored to be selected the the LBIFF. A very nice festival. Thank you so much.

    Jim Morrison

    The Clam Kid - Short film
    Instagram @ clammyjames

    August 2021
  • Adam DeCarlo

    Such a great festival to be a part of, and THANK YOU for the "Best Short (NY Centric)" Award! What a thrill.

    August 2021
  • Rob Petrone

    Craig and his team are fantastic and extremely supportive. They've created an event that's not just for filmmakers but one the community wholeheartedly supports. They helped me secure media exposure for my film and were very flexible.

    August 2021
  • Scott Farrell

    Had a wonderful time screening my animated film Bristled at LBIFF. I attended the outdoor screening on the beach which was incredible and had a great turnout (probably around 250). Will definitely submit again in the future!

    August 2019
  • Good festival. Pleasure to have our film ‘T for Taj Mahal’ screened at the festival.

    August 2019