Thursday, March 1, 2012

Director Looking for Cast and Crew! And Filmmakers Connection Meeting

The regular deadline of the Long Island International Film Expo is March 3, 2012 – if you submit after, prices will continue go up – enter now!! 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!

The next Filmmakers Connection Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm at Five Towns College, 305 North Service Road, Dix Hills NY room 303. The speaker will be director, Ari Taub. Ari is looking for crew and Union and Non Union actors for his new film. He will also be showing clips of the movie he is currently filming and casting - 79' Parts (2 years ago when he was a guest, he cast people in attendance for his movie). He will also show his award-winning documentary on filmmaking. Ari will also go over with filmmakers how to make a SAG film on a shoestring budget , get it distributed and pay your investors back. His previous movies have gotten theatrical release and made money. He has always paid his invertors back.

Ari Taub has made many award winning shorts and his work has been showcased around the world. He has directed off-off Broadway Theatre plays, and has worked on numerous independent commercials, features and short films in various crew positions. He has produced music videos and commercials for TV and is president of Hit and Run Productions, Inc., a production company that provides film equipment to emerging filmmakers. Recently, Ari finished his first feature film, The Fallen, which looks at World War II from three different points of view, for which he was awarded best new director at the Brooklyn International Film Festival.

And we have formed some cool associations with Molloy College and Westbury Music Fair (NYCB Theatre at Westbury) – so stay tuned for new/offers and events from there.

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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