Welcome to The New York Long Island Film Festival!! We are now IMDb Qualifying!! Use the code JUNEBIG30 for a 30% off - June18-30, 2024!!
NYLIFF 2023 was an incredible success thanks to all the amazing filmmakers and their teams that entered this year! WE are expanding to FIVE days and will run Wednesday through Sunday and will be moving our awards to a Sunday Brunch following some morning films! At NYLIFF we strive to maintain a serious approach to submissions and awards and stress getting your film SEEN and connected to audiences over receiving an award. Networking and building relationships! There are dozens of projects in production that are being made through connections at NYLIFF! In 2020 we were the only festival on record to go live during covid and we safely filled our venue. Starting this December, we will be inviting filmmakers to be a part of our new NYLIFF podcast highlighting filmmakers past and present and talking about their experiences throughout this industry with the goal of helping every one of us and learn from each other. Watch and join the discussion on Youtube with the NYLIFF PODCAST. We will be starting a new student initiative as well as putting focus on Late Night Friday Night Horror blocks of films. We are adding screenwriting workshops, industry people to come and speak (announcements coming throughout the year) . We are also increasing our team of judges and volunteers and along with our full-time on-site photographer and red carpets are looking into expanding to multiple simultaneous venues. to show MORE of your films!

We are committed to our mission statement of being the festival for everyone and accepting films from ALL budgets, genres and subject matter and providing a place where filmmakers can meet, grow and network. We took that mission statement to new heights in 2023.

The New York Long Island Film Festival which debuted Nov. 2019 returned on October 2020 at the Lindenhurst Moose Lodge in front of a live sold out crowd and was the only festival in the country that we could verify that was live during covid! NYLIFF was committed to giving the filmmakers and their teams the opportunity to show their films, receive feedback and audience reaction and network with other creative minds and talents.

Our goal continues to be to give equal opportunity to ALL filmmakers, writers and artists who put their HEART and SOUL into their craft, especially those who may not have all the resources necessary to perfectly polish their work! Artists in the past were discovered for their unique talents and abilities even if all the technical aspects were not in place. Recognizing a great story, actor, script or any other artist while not yet perfected should be the job of those doing the evaluating. Whether you have a 10 million dollar indie or an ultra low-budget iphone short, we are interested in you.

Our growing team brings years of experience as writers, actors, musicians and of course filmmakers, dedicated to bringing the greatest talents to our big screens as well as discovering those hidden geniuses and gems out there. It is this standard of excellence and commitment we hope will establish us as the most innovative, all-inclusive festival in the New York area for years to come.

The festival will take place in Lindenhurst New York, on Long Island - less than an hour from Manhattan, with ease of travel by car or train.

We will be presenting Q & A with filmmakers, actors and business people and encourage networking, filmmakers young and old and brain-storming. We also provide live red-carpet interviews which are professionally video taped for you. We will be posting updates throughout the year on all the new developments we are preparing for 2024!

NOW IN OUR FIFTH YEAR: There will be awards for best feature, best shorts and best directors, certificates for all categories as well as our special award for the Spirit of NYLIFF!

Rules & Terms

Rules & Regulations

Terms and Conditions:

I, the authorized representative of the project being submitted acknowledge the following:

1. I represent and warrant to the Institute that: (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights or interests
2. I further represent and warrant, on behalf of myself and the Project’s Owners, that the exhibition of the Project at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity, and that the Project does not constitute or include a defamation of any person or entity.
3. I nor any of the Project’s Owners will receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include cash awards.
4. By completing my submission application for 2019 New York Long Island Film Festival consideration via FilmFreeway, I freely and voluntarily give and express my full and complete acceptance of all of the terms and provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions. I acknowledge that no oral representations, inducements, promises or assurances of any kind, and no representations, inducements, promises or assurances not set forth in these Terms and Conditions, have been made to me or the Project’s Owners by the Festival, or any NYLIFF Related Parties.
5. By entering project into the festival, full permission is granted to use clips and excerpts to promote the film and the festival prior to the event as well as full permission for showing the film in the event NYLIFF decides on a virtual component to the festival.

Overall Rating
  • The 2023 New York Long Island Film Festival showcased an exceptional range of films. Winning the Best Documentary award at the NYLIFF was a well-deserved recognition for our engaging and enlightening film, 'Kim Kahana: The Man Who Changed Hollywood.' This win not only pays tribute to a Hollywood stunt icon but also serves as a testament to the enduring power of storytelling through film.
    NYLIFF is a must for filmmakers to enter their films. The staff, led by Festival Director Gerry Ferretti, demonstrates a keen appreciation for compelling storytelling and cinematic excellence. Their commitment to inclusion in the festival's lineup speaks significantly to contemporary filmmakers who are chosen.

    April 2024
  • I had a wonderful time at NYLIFF--the folk there are warm, welcoming, and extremely good at communicating. They run a fun festival that celebrates the creators and it's clear the people who attend every year develop wonderful connections and make great work together. Highly recommend.

    November 2023
  • Great communication and organization!
    It was an honour to be a nominee at this festival, me and the rest of the team really wish we could have been able to attend in person but maybe next time.
    If you're thinking about submitting to this festival, do it! They really love what they do.

    October 2023
  • Anthony DiFranco

    I was totally charmed by this festival. The hospitality of the two hosts was most sincere, and the post-film interviewer, Katy Schraeder, asked intelligent questions and let me answer fully. The caliber of the shorts that accompanied by film was high, and the venue itself is nicely set just steps away from the Great South Bay. If you find your own film "moving," it's partly because the festival itself is being run right. Highly recommended. --Anthony DiFranco

    October 2023
  • Loring Murtha

    A GREAT festival which I highly recommend. Gerry, Katie and the whole team clearly care about film and filmmakers, and I will absolutely be submitting again in the future. Great films, massive turnout, wonderful networking... this one's worth submitting to.

    October 2023