LIIFE - The Long Island International Film Expo is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island. Sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF) and the County of Nassau, we show 100 - 170 short and feature-length films of every genre from the world over. We have a heavy celebrity presence, with visits from Steve Buscemi, Ralph Macchio, Ally Sheedy, Cathy Moriarty, Danny Aiello, Brian O'Halloran, John Amos, Ed Asner, Karen Allen, Kevin Brown, Robert Clohessy, William Sadler, Danny Aiello, Clark Middleton and so many more. But mostly, LIIFE is about you, the filmmaker. We offer networking opportunities, specialized attention, a 350 seat historic theater, press and media opportunities, convenient filmmakers lounge, and we are directly by the Bellmore Train Station for easy access into, and out of, NYC. It's all about the films, and all about the filmmakers.

Local films may win cash prizes, othes can win gold trophies, and other prizes (goods and services) may be be added as we get closer to the screening dates.

For the film festival competition of the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE)!:
Expect a blast for this 22nd installment of the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE)!!!!!
Quality independent films of any genre will be considered.
We also have a Trailer, Music Video, Script Writing and Webisode/TV/New Media component to the festival.
We will only accept submission as online screeners.
If accepted, you must include a .mp4 file. (our tech person may be contacted for other digital files we may accept if necessary)
The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) is one of the larger regional film festivals in existence.
The festival includes panels, parties, and networking opportunities. One festival pass given per film entitles you and a guest to all other film blocks (providing the screening is not sold out). Many extras.
LIIFE does not return back-up DVDs/BluRays (if your film is accepted)
If your film wins on closing night, but you are not there to accept your trophy, you can pay for shipping or you will be sent an electronic certificate instead. If your film is eligible for a cash prize, you need to be there on closing night to accept it, or you will forfeit it.

LIIFE Alumni (Directors/Producers/Writers) please email for a discount code. Proof of past film acceptance will be needed to receive the discount code!

Students, the is no code needed- prices reflect the student discount. If accepted you will need to provide Student ID to compete in the Student Categories!

The Long Island International Film Expo will not be issuing any Fee Waivers!

Film categories (categories may change from year to year without notice):

Best Foreign Film
Best Director
Best Story
Best First Film
Best Animation
Best Long Island Film
Audience Choice Award
Jury Award
Best Documentary
Best Student Film
Best Short
Best Feature
Best Webisode/TV/New Media project
Other categories can be added or deleted.

Though our pricing is reflected by the length of your project (in most cases), we reserve the right to only have one winner per category depending on scores of the submissions (ex. we may have a Feature foreign film AND a Short foreign film, or might just have a Best Foreign Film regardless of length etc)

Once accepted to LIIFE, the filmmaker may apply for technical category competitions, but that is not a requirement, merely an option. Those technical and special categories will be an extra fee - again, there are MANY awards to win that are included in your entry with NO extra charge.

Script/Screenwriting competition portion of the Long Island International Film Expo:
Long Island International Film Expo 2019
Scriptwriting Contest
The Long Island International Film Expo offers a scriptwriting contest to go along with their short and feature-length independent film competitions.
LIIFE is looking for great storytelling. As a result, the contest will be structured in two parts: Writers are asked to submit a short treatment of a feature-length screenplay they have already written. A group of finalists will be selected, and those writers will be invited to submit their whole screenplays.

For the first round, writers should submit a treatment that is in 12-point type, does not exceed 650 words, and does not exceed one page. Please do not submit a treatment unless you have already written the screenplay.
To be eligible, the script cannot have been optioned, nor can the writer and/or the screenplay be represented by a manager or agent. Final scripts must also be between 90 - 120 pages.
The treatments will be read by a team of industry professionals (screenwriters, directors, producers, etc). The top ten treatments will make it to the final round and will be invited to submit their complete screenplays. Those ten screenplays will then be read by production company Snapper Films, who will then choose the winning submission and two runner-ups.
There will be other prizes tbd.
If a filmmaker/scriptwriter wins and is not available to accept their award, an electronic award certificate will be sent.
Cash prizes (if available) will only be awarded to those in attendance during the closing night ceremony.
Once a film or script is submitted and accepted to the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE), the LIIFE reserves the right to present the film in any format it deems necessary during the 2019 Festival. Back-up DVDs and BluRays will not be returned. While all entries are treated with care, the Long Island International Film Expo/Long Island Film/TV Foundation/authorized venues/The Nassau County Film Commission, The Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Nassau County Planning Commission and their agents and volunteers are not responsible for loss or damage to prints or tapes. Films are scheduled at the discretion of the Long Island International Film Expo. All fees are nonrefundable. The filmmaker and/or the writer has obtained all necessary rights clearances for the above-mentioned film and/or script, and for any and all elements of the film/script submitted and releases the County of Nassau, Nassau County Film Commission, The Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks, The Nassau County Planning Commission, The Long Island Film/TV Foundation and any participating venues and agents and volunteers from any responsibility in conjunction therewith. The Long Island International Film Expo is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The Long Island Film/TV Foundation has the right to reject any films or withdraw any acceptance letter issued to any film, at any time prior to the commencement of that year’s festival, in the foundation's absolute discretion.

Overall Rating
  • The Bellmore Cinema was a nice venue to screen in, the filmmaker lounge offered a tremendous networking opportunity, and the panel discussions were very informative.

    October 2018
  • Shara Zeiger

    This festival is really convenient being right next to the train station. They have some fun panels and events throughout the week to add to the experience and put together nice swag bags for the filmmakers too.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you. Shara! Hope to see you back at LIIFE

  • Alison Loeb

    Lovely group of serious film-lovers, excellent communication. Thank you!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Alison!

  • Beth Bollinger

    What a wonderful festival! Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. It was an honor to have my baseball script "Until the End of the Ninth" recognized as runner-up in the screenplay contest. Thanks to all!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Beth!

  • Jillie Simon

    This was a truly wonderful festival experience and LIIFE is a terrific festival! -Debra Markowitz really cares to put on a great fest and her and her lovely team, including Trish Aiello, makes it happen! Bellmore Theater is a fine venue, there was lots of networking to be had what with the Filmmakers Lounge right next door, and we saw some great films and met some lovely filmmakers. There were also lots of panels that sounded great... though I wasn't able to go to most of them this year, I look forward to it another time! -Two thumbs up!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Jill! Glad you were able to partake of some of what LIIFE has to offer! Looking forward to your future work.