Friday, March 18, 2011

Job!! Filmmakers Connection Minifest!! Free Script Writing Panel!! Ralph Macchio on DWTS!! Etc

Job Opportunity for a Jr. Level PR/Outreach person for a web based video company, fluent online and personal skills required, preferably with a Dance or Theater Competency. Email and please pass on.

Just a note: Ralph Macchio is going to be on Dancing with the Stars. Ralph has attended the Long Island International Film Expo many times, and is a great supporter of our LIIFE and our independent filmmakers - so let's support him on DWTS!!



MINIFEST, MINIFEST, MINIFEST!!! See below. Weds, March 30.

Cut-off date for submitting your film to the Long Island International Film Expo is April 1, 2011 – don’t miss out! Submit at

Also, check out the new look on our site –

We ask you to please support the LIFTF and the LIIFE by purchasing journal ads to advertise your businesses, or even place your headshots. If you take a full page ad, paid Filmmakers Connection members will receive $5 off!! But again, cut off is May 15 for this – so please move quickly if you’re interested. A full page is only $100, and you’ll reach a large amount of filmmakers/directors/producers/writers and film goers. Forms can be found at: or e-mail to have one sent to you (

Congratulations to 2010 LIIFE winner, Stevan Mena, on the distribution of his film, “Bereavement.” The theatrical release will begin here on Long Island at select markets on March 4 with two locations including the National Amusements Island 16 in Holtsville and the National Amusements Farmingdale 14 in Farmingdale. Come support one of our own!!

The next meeting of the Filmmakers Connection will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm in room 303 of Five Towns College (305 North Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746) and will feature our Filmmakers Connection Minifest. Everyone in attendance is eligible to submit a five-minute piece (or less) in DVD format (NTSC), which the audience will vote on that night. If you are a Filmmakers Connection member, there will be no fee. The $5 fee (nonrefundable) will also cover your meeting fee for this meeting. Nominal prizes will be awarded. These films are not screened beforehand, so anything goes. The winner will have their film eligible for inclusion in the Long Island International Film Expo. Please note, if the five-minute piece is part of a larger movie, we are only obligated to show the five minutes that was shown at the Minifest, with the “possibility” of showing the entire film. Please be sure, if your film wins, to submit through before April 1 and for code use: Minifest winner.

Donna McKenna will again be collecting canned goods for the food pantry.

Free Screenwriting Panel:
The Long Island International Film Expo will hold a FREE screenwriting panel at Adelphi University (Blodget Hall - Room 108) on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Panelists will include Adelphi Communications Faculty, Terrence Ross and Joan Stein Schimke. Additional panelists will include: award winning filmmaker, Stephan Mena (Bereavement), and video game screenwriters, JT Petty (of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell) and WGA nominee, Sande Chen. Topics covered will be writing for short and feature films (with an emphasis on the horror genre), website storytelling, and writing for video games. To register for the event please click on the following link: If you have any questions, please contact Jim Cook at

Save the date!
Sunday, September 25, 2011 – 2:00 pm – Movies & Music event at Five Towns College. Seven indie filmmakers and seven indie musicians will discuss how they use music to enhance their movies, and how their music is created. Stay tuned for more information, but save the date!

The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) is now accepting films for consideration for the 2011 festival. Get in on the deeply discounted early bird submissions until February 18 at or The 14th annual LIIFE will be held from July 8 – 14, 2011, with the closing party on Thursday, July 14 – Buffet 5:00 – 6:30 in Filmmakers Lounge, with awards ceremony beginning next door in the Bellmore Movies at 6:45 pm. General admission is $55, or $45 for Filmmakers Connection Members!

LONG ISLAND FILM/TV FONDATION FINISHING FUND GRANTS ARE NOW OPEN!! Cut-off date for grants has been extended to March 28, 2011. Forms are online at: or e-mail for an application. Grants are given out at the LIIFE closing party and awards ceremony.

The Roy Dean NYC grant is for docs and indie features and the grant closes 4/30/11. We are currently taking applications. Can you please post this short announcement for us on your web site or include it in your next newsletter? We know the filmmakers will appreciate learning about our grants. The winner for 2010 NYC Grant is Cathryne Czubek for her film A Girl and A Gun now being edited. The Roy W. Dean Grants are taking applications for the April 30, 2011 NYC and 6/30 LA Grant. Donations are goods and services that are close to $30,000.00 on each grant. We want docs and features budgeted under $500K. Please see for application, guidelines and prior winners. Any questions email

If you’re interested in finding out up-to-the-minute information on film jobs that I hear about (both cast and crew) or locations needed for film/tv/commercials, plus other film related information (or my own personal musings), check You can also sign up for our twitter account below, and I will tweet whenever I have anything film-related of interest. Let’s keep the work here!! If you are a filmmaker/casting person who knows of any positions, I can post those for you as well. Please e-mail me details: Union or nonUnion, personnel needed, whether it’s a paid position, when, where and what. Thank you.

We’re now on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace AND have our own Youtube channel! Come join us at:, youtube at:, myspace at: and Twitter at:

If you had a film in the Long Island International Film Expo and have received a distribution deal (DVD, theatrical, and/or television), please send us a blurb and a link, and we’ll promote it for you on the Long Island International Film Expo facebook site.

If you have a home in Nassau County and would like to list it as a possible location for film/tv/commercial production, please contact or call 516 571-3168.

If you have a business, service, or headshot you would like to bring to the attention of the dedicated audience that visits – consider placing a banner ad. They are quite reasonable this year, and could easily double in price by next year. If you sign up shortly, you will have your ad shown in random rotation for an entire year. Small banner ads are $150 – (120 x 60 pixels). Large banner ads are $300 (468 x 60 pixels). If interested, please e-mail your banner ad in the appropriate amount of pixels to Please include the URL you would like your ad to be connected to. You can pay by check to LIFTF, or by PalPay under “The Foundation” and then “Donations.” Just let us know when you send in your banner ad.
You can now pay for your membership to the Filmmakers Connection through PayPal on the website. Please be sure to include your name, address, phone #, e-mail address, which area of the film industry you are involved in (ex. Writer/director/producer) and whether or not you are already getting this newsletter by e-mail. Cost is $30 per year fee. If you are a student with current ID, it is $15 to join.)

If you would like to become a member (or renew your membership) of the Filmmakers Connection, please send $30, made out to the LIFTF to the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, c/o Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Side Entrance, Bellmore, NY 11710. You may also pay at the meetings. The $30 membership fee entitles you to attend the Filmmakers Connection meetings for free. It also entitles you to discounts on Foundation functions such as the Long Island International Film Expo, the Awards Ceremony party, all mailings and newsletters, and (if all other criteria is met) a chance at winning the $1,000/$500 Finishing Fund Grant. (When you send in your $30, please be sure to include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and how you are involved with the film industry, i.e. director, producer, voice overs, etc.) and whether you are already getting this newsletter by e-mail. If you are a student with appropriate college/high school ID, the cost is $15 to join for the year. If you do not join, you can still attend meetings for free.

Please be advised that the Foundation/Film Commissions/Film Offices are not responsible for speaker cancellations. Every effort will be taken to insure a speaker’s availability on the date mentioned. In case of a cancellation, every effort will be made to book an alternate speaker.

For information on the Long Island Film/TV Foundation contact Robert Hansen at 516 707-2237. For information about the Long Island International Film Expo, please contact Debra Markowitz at 516 571-3168.



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