May 23, 2014
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Last Chance to Submit for the 2014 Long Beach International Film Festival + Some Announcements
Long Beach, NY (May 23, 2014) – The deadline for entering films into the Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) is Sunday June 1st 2014! The LBIFF is currently accepting online submissions in all categories for their “Shorts on the Beach” series, as well as for features, live action, animation, drama, comedy, thriller, horror, sports, and documentaries to be screened at Madison Theater at Molloy College, by logging on to www.longbeachfilm.com now.
The Festival will begin on Wednesday July 30th 2014, and this year extends into a six day long event. Last year’s International Film Festival had a great outpouring of support from local celebrities in film, music and sports including Billy Crystal, Joan Jett, Dee Snider, Burt Young and UFC Champion Chris Weidman and more of the same is expected this year.
“The Long Beach International Film Festival continues to provide an opportunity for filmmakers to come and see the types of filming locations Nassau County has to offer whether it be our beaches, mansions, suburban areas and, of course, Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios, which are all New York State-approved movie studios which qualify for the much sought after 30% tax credit,”, said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano.
This year, the festival will offer even more excitement for attendees including: an old school TBT drive-in movie screening of the film classic “Grease” (complete with rollerskating girls handing out popcorn) at Nickerson Beach on Thursday July 31st 2014 and a red carpet free “Concert on the Beach” featuring top name musical acts and sponsors coupled with their “Shorts on the Beach” film series at the Allegria Hotel Beachfront on Friday August 1st 2014.
“The Long Beach International Film Festival has been incredibly popular in each of its first two years, and we are so excited for this year’s expanded event. The Festival has already become a wonderful City tradition that thousands of residents and visitors look forward to attending” said Jack Schnirman, Long Beach City Manager.
In addition to “Shorts on the Beach”, the Festival will also be screening many feature films and will host Q&A sessions with actors and directors at Madison Theatre at Molloy College. Highlights will include: the opening night party and screening of “Wisdom to Know the Difference” which was directed by Long Island’s own Daniel Baldwin and stars brother William Baldwin and Lou Diamond Phillips among others on Wednesday July 30th 2014, (there will be a Q&A with Daniel Baldwin and others in person directly after the film), a screening of the documentary “Side By Side”, which features A-list directors James Cameron, Martin Scorcese Robert Rodriguez, David Lynch and others interviewed by A-list actor Keanu Reeves on Saturday August 2nd 2014 (there will be a Q&A with Director Christopher Kenneally and others in person directly after the film), and the closing night ceremony featuring the hilarious comedy of Chris Monty performing an excerpt from his “Shut up, Sit Down and Eat” routine and acting as MC for the “Oscars” type awards show presentation on Monday August 4th 2014. There will also be other “Rolling Films / Q&A’s” at Madison Theatre at Molloy College on Saturday August 2nd 2014 and Sunday August 3rd 2014 from 10am – 10pm. Films will screen approx every 2 hours. Once submissions close and the official selections have been chosen, a more specific schedule will be released.
“Having the Madison Theater involved this year is a wonderful addition to the festival, and especially exciting due to the fact the Long Beach Theatre is still closed due to Hurricane Sandy”, remarked Ingrid Dodd, Co-Founder of the LBIFF.
Movies and television shows are now being filmed in Nassau County on a regular basis, resulting in $144 million in economic benefit to the local economy. To stay on this path and aid in our economic recovery, the Nassau County Film Commission hosted a Film Friendly Nassau County Location and Studio Tour for the past three years. This business-friendly model encourages the industry to work in the region and create jobs in Nassau County.
Ms. Dodd continued, “County Executive Mangano has always supported the television and motion picture industry in Nassau County. It is amazing to see these successful production studios bringing projects the new Spider man movie becoming proof positive that Long Island is a go to destination for intelligent filmmakers. In fact, in support of this, we are awarding a free day of filming on the Grumman stage to our Festival winner for Best Picture. Film is alive and well on Long Island”.
For additional information or to purchase tickets at special early rates, please visit www.longbeachfilm.com or go to www.facebook.com/longbeachinternationalfilmfestival.