Thursday, March 15, 2012

Casting Notice! Discounts to NY Short Film Concert AND the Long Island International Film Expo!!

The dropdead deadline for entering the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) is April 1, 2012. Long Island, foreign, shorts, features, animations, students, documentaries, scriptwriting, trailers, music videos and more!! (Don’t forget to take your student and filmmakers connection discount!)

The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) will be held from July 13 – 19, 2012. Come celebrate the 15th year of LIIFE!

Casting notice!!

SoLuna Studio in Hauppauge is seeking actors for a showcase of 5 one-act plays written by Steve Strangio, called "Love, Sex, & Zombies" to be performed May 19th and 26th. The showcase will feature a mix of comedic and dramatic plays featuring actors of all ages. All performers should prepare a 1 minute comedic monologue and be ready to do some cold readings. Auditions will be held April 4th and 5th from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Please call SoLuna Studio at 631-708-9681 in advance to schedule your audition time. Any questions should be addressed to Megan at These are nonpaying jobs.

Discounts for Filmmakers Connection Members to the NY Short Film Concert!

Where: Madison Theatre at Molloy College

What: Asbury Short Film Concert

We would like to extend a discount to your members, friends and family of a $5 discount for the NY Short Film Concert on March 22, 2012. The discount code is: FILM101

you can either purchase tickets on or by calling our box office at 516-678-5000 ext 7715.

From Producer Doug LeClaire: We are bringing a version of the show to Molloy College in Rockville Centre next Thursday night.

Laura Savini of Ch. 21 WLIW TV is our guest host and there will be free samples of MacCallan Scotch given out during the evening. We are essentially bringing our show line up from this past November in Manhattan to this theater at Molloy next Thursday night. If you are available and not too far away come on down and check us out.

Here's what we're showing:

- AUTOBANK - the quickie with the bank teller at the drive in window practicing greeting his customers

- The Tailor- very cute piece from editor Gordon Grinberg. A couple of orthodox Jewish talamud students think they have been given the wrong suits by their tailor and they have a humorous way of confirming it.

- The Lost Thing - The absolutely amazing 2011 Oscar Winner for Animation from Australia. Just brilliant.

- Our Time is Up - Very funny 2006 Oscar Nominee from LA ....stars Kevin Pollack as a pretentious therapist who finds out he has only weeks to live.

-"La Linea" 3 Mexican men try to smuggle themselves across the US border in the trunk of a car but with some unexpected conversations exchanged.

- The 2nd half of the show will have recent films from our past shows: "This is John" from the DuPlass Brothers, "Tangi Argentini," the office clerk who has to learn to tango in two weeks to meet a new woman, "Love Does Grow on Trees," the British coming of age film about a boy who discovers magazine pornography.

The Finishing Fund Grants Applications are now available at If you’ve filmed in Nassau County or Suffolk County, and are a Filmmakers Connection Member, you could be eligible for a $500 for $1,000 grant. Applications will be available at the meetings. Cut-off date is March 31, 2012. Good luck!

Filmmakers Panel Discussion!!

Our panel discussion last year at Adelphi University was such a success that we are having another one and in a bigger location on campus! On Saturday, April 14th from 11:00am to 12:30pm, at Adelphi’s Alumni House, we will have our LIFE after LIIFE panel. This will be a then and now discussion with past winners of the Long Island International Film Expo. Topics covered will be production stories, distribution, and what life has been like after screening at the Long Island International Film Expo. Adelphi’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Sam L Grogg and Director of the Nassau County Film Office, Debra Markowitz, will kick-off the occasion. Refreshments will be served beforehand and Q&A will follow the panel discussion. This is a free event and all are welcome but you must register through the following link:

In addition to the Filmmaker panel April at Adelphi University, we will also have a Film Financing panel at Molloy College on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Legal Counsel for the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, Marc Jacobson, will lead the discussion. This is a free event that will cover in detail the complex world of raising money to make your film. More details to follow.

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.

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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. 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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