The Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) will celebrate its 6th anniversary with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. Scheduled to take place from August 1 - 4 on Long Island, the Festival will screen an international slate of over 70 films, including feature-length narrative, documentary, short, animated and student films that will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.

During its four day run, the Festival will feature an array of nightly special events, including red carpet premieres, gala celebrations, filmmaker receptions, compelling filmmaker Q & As, 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 2017 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.

The City of Long Beach and Rockville Centre, serve as hosts 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.

Rules & Terms

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 July 23, 2017.

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/or Short films will not be returned with the exception of hard drives and flash drives with a prepaid postage and self-addressed envelope.

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

Notification will be emailed on July 1st. All correspondence will be done through EMAIL ONLY to the original submitter.

3 Reviews

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    Scott Simonsen

    Although we the filmmakers were not able to attend, the communication and offers to host were great. Also, we had friends who attended and said it was a great experience all around, including shorts on the beach.

    August 2016
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    Ed Moy

    I enjoyed attending the festival in Long Beach. Perhaps the best event was the gala on the beach closing night with short film screening. I would have loved to seen a few more of the festival take place nightly on the beach. Its a fun location along the boardwalk.

    August 2016
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    Jordan Liebowitz

    "New York not California"

    I found myself saying this several times when talking about the festival prior to attending then had a good laugh when I saw the phrase printed on their t-shirts.

    Great events and a great selection of films. Some of the venues are improvised. They seriously put in the effort when it comes to celebrating filmmakers work.

    May 2016