The Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) will celebrate its 7th anniversary with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. Scheduled to take place in early August on Long Island, the Festival will screen an international slate of over 70 films, including feature-length narrative, documentary and shorts that will compete for a series of Jury and Audience Awards.

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

Special Programs planned for 2018 LBIFF include Shorts On The Beach Film Series, Joan Jett Music Film Series and many more. We’ll also be exhibiting films of Action Sports, Environmental, Art, Family and more.

The City of Long Beach 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 at least 5 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, 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 .MOV 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 15, 2018.

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 June 1st. All correspondence will be done through EMAIL ONLY to the original submitter.

Overall Rating
  • Debra Markowitz

    Unfortunately, I could not attend most of the events because I am in the middle of filming, but our screening was quite lovely! GREAT films that The Waiting Room was proud to screen with, lively Q & A, packed house and the theater was great. Gorgeous screen and the seats were to die for. Highly recommend.

    August 2018
  • One of the best combinations of food and film in one setting!!

    August 2018
  • Mike Velemirovich

    The Long Beach International Film Festival and its team were just excellent - so well organized and accommodating!

    September 2017
  • Marius Conrotto

    I was unable to attend to this festival, but i was kept updated all the time. And i regret to be not there for all the picture and information i received from email or facebook. Really cool festival

    August 2017
  • Jason Brescia

    The Long Beach International Film Festival is easily one of the most well put together festivals on the East Coast, and it's growing into one of the best festivals in the world. They have a lot of events and cool ideas that separate them from other fests: Shorts on the beach is a five star event that you must attend at least once in your life and this year's pairing of shorts with foods was really creative. I've had two features in this festival and it's been great watching the festival grow.

    August 2017