Our MISSION is to discover, promote and give venue to independent filmmakers, not just from the greater New York area, but from other regions of America and abroad. For 34 years, the Long Island Film Festival has presented high quality film programs and has made a major contribution to the Long Island community by promoting films that are entertaining, educational and enhance the general public's understanding of cinema culture and the humanities.

During those 35 years, we have witnessed filmmaking transform itself from a strictly film medium to a highly technological global digital art form with sophisticated software operating on specially configured computers. As a result, there are more filmmakers attempting to break into the film industry. It is those new filmmakers that the Long Island Film Festival seeks to discover.

As an international film festival, World Lens focuses on foreign Indie filmmakers that are producing films that are pieces of their culture and set in economic, social, environmental, and political spheres. It is the commitment of the Long Island Film Festival to bring these films to America and present these perspectives to Long Islanders to enlighten and enhance their understanding of the world around us.

Our online festival is second to none. With thousands of views worldwide including industry personnel and distributors that have access to the site we have he edge over other festivals. The films selected for the online festival will be viewed on from August 1 - 31 2017. In addition the films will be screened at the Scully Estate on Long Island throughout the year.

Statue made of piano wood for its base with engraving and gold star above. Writing software, etc. Screenplay and one act plays will have public readings.

Long Island Film Festival Rules for Submission

Welcome to our upcoming 2018 season, our 36th year of the Long Island Film Festival, the longest running international film festival on Long Island.

We accept shorts and features of any genre except Music Videos and Public Service Announcements. The runtime of a short is 60 minutes maximum.

We accept college thesis films

We don’t accept High School level projects

Projects must have been completed after January 1st 2017

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Foreign films must have English subtitles

Projects may have distribution

We are a competition with the following type awards
Gold statue with engraving
Sponsor: Long Island Film Festival
This prize is shared with other categories.

Our submission and entry fee schedule is as follows:

Early Deadline December 31, 2017
Short Films $25.00
Feature Films $35.00
Richard Vetere Screenplay Competition $35.00

Regular Deadline March 31, 2018
Short Film $35.00
Feature Film $45.00
Richard Vetere Screenplay Competition $35.00

Late Deadline July 15, 2018
Short Film $45.00
Feature Film $55.00
Richard Vetere Screenplay Competition $35.00

We will not review your film without an entry fee.

Notification date: July 15, 2018

If accepted you will be asked to provide the following information

Biography/Filmography – Director
Biography/Filmography – Writer
Statement by the Director
Film grabs or stills from the film
Films must have synopsis and name the personnel in the following order: Director, Writer, Cinematography, Editor, Score, Primary cast.
Your film on DVD and a download via FilmFreeway


You must not post your film online, such as youtube, vimeo, etc.

Submitting your film to a film festival that is not online is perfectly acceptable.

The film should be in MP4 format

There are no refunds.


The Long Island Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition on the online 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 undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Long Island Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and court costs) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.


Competition Rules:

1. Scripts may not exceed 150 pages. You can use the software of your choice.

2. Scripts should have been written between 2015-2017

3. The competition is open to all screenplays of feature length (min.90 pages) and short films (maximum length 60 pages)

4. Your screenplay must be uploaded in PDF format.

5. All screenplays must be registered with the Writers Guild.

6. You may submit more than one screenplay.

The Richard Vetere Screenplay Competition Awards presentation along with the film festival winners will be held at a Suffolk County Estate In September 2017 Awards include professional screenwriting software Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 and Dramatica Pro courtesy of Write Brothers Inc., and a gold statue with engraving.

Early Deadline February 15, 2017 @ $30.00 entry fee per screenplay
Regular Deadline April 30, 2017 @45.00 entry fee per Screenplay
Late Deadline July 15, 2017 @55.00 entry fee per Screenplay
Winners will be announced at the awards party in September 2017


Competition Rules:

1. Plays must not have been previously produced commercially,or published.

2. Plays that have won or placed in any other play writing contest are ineligible. Plays that have had readings are eligible .

3. Plays should run no more than 10 minutes and ten pages in length.

4. Plays must be typed and submitted in PDF format

5. You can submit more than one play.

Early Deadline February 15, 2017 @ $10.00 entry fee per play
Regular Deadline April 30, 2017 @10.00 entry fee per play
Late Deadline July 15, 2017 @10.00 entry fee per play
Winners will be announced at the awards party in September 2018