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The Long Island Film/TV Foundation and the Nassau County Film Commission are proud to announce that the Long Island International Film Expo will be held at the Bellmore Movies from July 8 – 17, 2008. Cut off date for submissions will be April 1, 2008. Past festivals have hosted from 50 – 155 short and feature-length independent films from all over the globe during this weeklong film festival.

Every film genre is considered.

A schedule of films and their synopses will be available as we get closer to the festival date. Please check liifilmexpo.com.

The Long Island International Film Expo starts with the opening night party that is by invitation only. Participating filmmakers, sponsors, dignitaries, board members, press and media are invited to this informal gathering.

Several panels are held during the first weekend of the Long Island International Film Expo – usually consisting of a distribution panel, a scriptwriting panel, legal music panel and a filmmaker panel and breakfast.

Once the winners of the Long Island International Film Expo are chosen by a combination of audience ballot and judging committee, they are honored at the Long Island International Film Expo Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony, where they receive their trophies and winners’ prizes (which vary every year from free editing time, DVDs, free rentals of lights, etc.) The Awards Ceremony Gala will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2008. Venue and time to be determined.

Formats for screening during the festival include 35 mm, MiniDV, DV Cam and VHS (NTSC). We have top of the line projection equipment, so our video screenings have the highest screening quality. We also have a script writing competition, new in 2008.

Some of the categories awarded may include: Best Director, Best Story, Best Feature Film (in 35 mm, 16 mm and Video), Best Short Film (in 35 mm, 16 mm and Video), Best Long Island Film, Best Student Film, Best Animation, Best Foreign Film and others. There will be several technical categories judged before the film festival by special entry. Technical categories will include: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Lighting and possibly others. Generally, the technical awards are presented at the opening night party.

Past festivals/closing night awards ceremonies have been attended by Steve Buscemi (Trees Lounge, Armageddon), Billy Baldwin (Backdraft), Cliff Robertson (Charley, PT109), Danny Aiello (Moonstruck), Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Judy Berlin), Steve Guttenberg (Cocoon), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid), Kelly Rutherford (Melrose Place), Oleg Cassini (fashion designer), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Arc, The Perfect Storm), Eddie McGee (Big Brother), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Dogma), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller) and others.

If you have any questions regarding the Long Island International Film Expo, the Salute to Independent Filmmakers and Awards Ceremony Gala, the Filmmakers Connection meetings or the Long Island Film/ TV Foundation, please call 516 572-0012 or e-mail debfilm@aol.com. Please check our website for more information at liifilmexpo.com.

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