Monday, February 22, 2016

Filmmakers Connection Meeting (March 30), Finishing Fund Grants and LIIFE - The Long Island International Film Expo

Hello everyone,
Only 9 more days to enter this year’s Long Island International Film Expo! Cut off is March 1, 2016 - Don’t miss out!
*Please see information on judging below.
AND, we have a Filmmakers Connection Meeting - On Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m., the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, Long Island's oldest not-for-profit group serving the independent film community on Long Island, will be holding a Filmmakers Connection Meeting for those in the industry and those who would like to be, at the  East Meadow Library - ;
This meeting will feature filmmakers Summer Crockett Moore and Tony Glazer whose independent hit, Junction, won awards nationwide in 2012 and 2013, and since has been distributed worldwide. 
Summer and Tony have since filmed and produced a number of short films and web series and expanded their own production company, Choice Films.
Choice Films Inc. is a multi-award-winning independent production company that produces films, television programming and web content for worldwide distribution.  Choice Theatricals is the theater production arm of the company and is committed to bringing new plays to the stage and giving emerging and established playwrights the opportunity to realize their work with full productions that will continue to foster their artistic development. 

These meetings are free and provide an educational and networking element to filmmakers across Long Island and the city. For more information, please email
Our Long Island Film/TV Foundation Finishing Fund Grant competition is now open until April 1, 2016. You will find information and applications here -
We’re now on Facebook, Twitter, AND have our own Youtube channel!  Come join us at:, youtube at:, and Twitter at:
And a cool site, and one of our LIIFE sponsors, for all things Long Island –
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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.
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. And if you’d like to be added to our LIIFE Alumni page on FB, please send me a PM, and I will add you.
If you have a home in Nassau County and would like to list it as a possible location for film/tv/commercial production, please or call 516 571-3168.
*Judging – Many people know that I am also a filmmaker. For this reason, I am no longer a judge at LIIFE. I have also made the commitment that if the festival would like to screen one of my films, they may, but if I’ve directed or written it, IT CANNOT WIN. We have approximately 15 judges, many of whom I do not know. Hence, it is not my decision who will be accepted or who will win.
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 $200 – (120 x 60 pixels).  Large banner ads are $350 (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.
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 about the Long Island International Film Expo or the Filmmakers Connection, please contact Debra Markowitz at 516 571-3168.

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