Monday, April 9, 2012

Filmmaker Panels to Celebrate LIIFE’s 15th Anniversary

Promotional events pave the way for the 15th Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE)!

The 15th Annual Long Island International Film Expo will be held from July 13–19, 2012 at the Bellmore Movies. Warm-up film blocks and events may be added in the coming months. In continuing the mission of LIIFE to assist filmmakers who have made films or those that hope to make films, the Long Island Film/TV Foundation has produced two panels to help you become successful in this field.

On Saturday, April 14 from 11:00am–12:30pm, LIIFE will host a Filmmaker Panel at Adelphi University’s Alumni House in Garden City. Past winners of LIIFE will share the journey they took with their films and what life has been like after they screened at the Long Island International Film Expo. This is a chance to meet and learn from successful, award winning filmmakers Stevan Mena (Bereavement), Elias Plagianos (Crimson Mask), Pierre Stefanos (Bedfellows), Alexander Etseyatse (Mikel’s Faith) and Ralph Suarez (Purgantory Comics). This LIFE after LIIFE panel is a must for those who love filmmaking, would like to make a film or have a curiosity for it. To learn more, go to: This panel is free, but you do need to register at that link.

LIIFE also understands the challenges filmmakers have trying to fund their films. Therefore, on Saturday, May 19 from 10:30am–12:30 pm at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, renowned entertainment attorney Marc Jacobson will moderate a panel discussion about film financing. The panel will be located on campus inside the Wilbur Arts Center at the Hays Theatre. Professionals from the movie business will help you learn how to find the cash you need to make your own film. Even if you’ve made films before, you may find a new avenue to raise those difficult-to-find funds.

Both panels are free and all are welcomed! These events represent some of the alluring elements of what makes LIIFE the festival of choice for filmmakers and moviegoers. We want you informed, connected, and entertained! Experience LIIFE!

For more information on these panels or on the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE), please check, contact or call (516) 571-3168.