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 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.

Awards & Prizes

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.

Rules & Terms

For the film festival competition of the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE)!:
Expect a blast for this 20th 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, but you may also send private links to us from youtube or vimeo.
If accepted, you must send us 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 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.
If you chosen to use the student discount, you will need to provide proof by student ID faxed to 516 571-6195 or e-mail a copy to LIiFE Alumni must let us know what films they have previously screened, and what year they were screened and contact us for your discount code.
Your film may also be eligible for the following 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/Screen writing competition portion of the Long Island International Film Expo:
Long Island International Film Expo 2017
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 2017 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.

11 Reviews

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    Anita George

    We were very honored to have been included in this year's LIIFE. The festival organizers do an excellent job of communicating with filmmakers and providing opportunities for networking through panels and other get togethers. Although I was not able to attend in person, we felt very much a part and were so pleased to have received a Technical Award for Best Art Direction.

    July 2017
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    Bob Celli

    Across the board a wonderful festival. Not only a fantastic staff, but their communication and hospitality was off the charts. Great venue, great line-up of films and wonderful opportunities to meet and get to know other filmmakers the filmmakers lounge right next to the venue. Easy to see why they have been around for 20 years. We were honored to have been selected!

    July 2017
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    Elias Plagianos

    One of my favorite festivals. Excellent films from top notch filmmakers. Great sense of community. There is excellent communication and organization. The awards night ceremony is very impressive and has many celebrities attending.

    October 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Elias! And LIIFE is a fan of yours as well. Continue to make amazing movies!

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    Bernhard Rammerstorfer

    Wonderful film festival! The whole festival team did an amazing job and made the festival a unique experience. They even responded to special screening schedule request from European filmmakers - caused by complicated travel arrangements; the festival paid attention and despite being very busy made last minute adjustments to the program. Very flexible and courteous!
    Great films, great festival program, great award gala, great festival team, and great people attending, all adding up to an extraordinary film festival...! And thank you for showing the extent of your appreciation for the survivors’ testimonies by honoring TAKING THE STAND with an award plus a nomination.

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Bernard! It was wonderful having you aboard for LIIFE 2016. Hope to see you again.

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    Jesse Binger

    We took our short "Graveyard Girl" here this past month. A great experience. From the opening night filmmaker's party to our screening at the landmark Bellmore Movie Theater all the way through the award ceremony/closing night watching the legend Ed Asner say some words as he accepted his lifetime achievement award, LIIFE is a class act and a very well-run film festival.

    As Long Island natives, we were happy to screen in our hometown and even happier to be part of a festival that has become one of the gems of the emerging LI film scene. Excellent films, great people and organization all a plus!

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Jesse! The festival committee works very hard to be sure the filmmakers have a great experience. Hope to see you again soon!