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17th Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) ​Announces ​2014 Award​ Winners

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Robert Davi and Sean Young Were Honored at Star-Studded Closing Night Event

Bellmore, NY - July 22, 2014 - The 17th Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) drew to a close on Thursday​,​ July 17th with the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony. The evening began with a buffet dinner in the Filmmakers Lounge where filmmakers informally gathered one last time to reminisce about 2014 LIIFE and talk about​​…film (of course)​.
 
The celebration continued at Bellmore Movies for the Award Ceremony where guests were treated to a special ​musical ​performance by Long Island native Noelle Yatauro. The host for the event was Brian O’Halloran (Clerks) and presenters included Marc Coppola (Leaving Las Vegas), JohnNolan (Taking Back Sunday), Tom Pelphrey (As the World Turns) and Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado(Former NFL Player).
 
Robert Davi, Long Island Filmmaker Achievement Award recipient and Sean Young, Creative Achievement Award recipient​,​ were on hand to receive their special awards. Representing Nassau County were Ed Mangano, County Executive​,​ and Debra Markowitz, Festival Director and Director of the Nassau County Film Office.
 
"There were so many great gems at this year’s Long Island International Film Expo. It was not an easy task for our seven judges to select the films in the first place, however, it was the audience ballots that really determined the winners," said Debra Markowitz, the Festival Director. "In my personal opinion, everyone involved in 2014 LIIFE was a winner and should be applauded."
 
NOTE: The 18th Annual Long Island International Film Expo will take place July 8 ​-​ ​July 16, 2015. Submission dates open in mid-​October 2014. Be sure to check longislandfilmexpo.com for ​updates and more information.
 
The Festival Awards were given out at the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, July 17, 2014:​
 
Special Honorees
Robert Davi​ ​- ​Long Island Filmmaker Achievement Award
Sean Young​ ​- ​Creative Achievement Award
 
Best Student Film
Tobacco Burn
 
Best Animation
Rabbit and Deer
 
Best Documentary-Tie
Buffalo Nation: The Children Are Crying
Shunned
 
Best Music Video
Ganesh is Fresh
 
Best Trailer
Bloodlines
 
Best Foreign Short
Carry On
 
Best Foreign Feature
Tempo Girl
 
Best First Short Film
My Cross to Bear
 
Best First Feature Film
The Historian
 
Best Long Island Short Film
Reaching Home
 
Best Long Island Feature Film
Bridge and Tunnel
 
Alan Fortunoff Humanitarian Film Award
Everyone Deserves a Decent Life
 
Best Short Film
Graduation
 
Best Feature Film
Cigarette Soup
 
Best Story
Gli Zii
 
Best Director
Pretty
 
Jury Award for a Short Film
Until Death
 
Jury Award for a Feature Film
Hitting Home
 
Gold Pass Award
Trouble With Women

Audience Award
Charlie Mantle
  
The Special Awards were given out at the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, July 17th, 2014:​
 
Best Actress in a Short Film
Joy Shatz-Wild Woman
 
Best Actress in a Feature Film
Florentine Krafft-Tempo Girl
 
Honorable Mention for Best Actress in a Feature Film
Marion Elaine-Do You Think I’m Pretty
 
Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film
Mary Ellen Schneider-Graduation
 
Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film
Lisa Bruhlmann-Tempo Girl
 
Best Actor in a Short Film-Tie
Lukas Hassel-Into the Dark
Graham Powell-Park 51
 
Best Actor in a Feature Film
William Sadler-The Historian
 
Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film
Armen Garo-Graduation
 
Best Supporting Actor in a Feature
John Cullum-The Historian
 
Honorable Mention for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film
Jose Barros-Tempo Girl
 
The Technical Awards were given out at the Opening Night Party on Friday, July 11th, 2014:
 
​Best Original Song
"Here Comes the Wolf"-John Nolan-Bridge and Tunnel
 
Best Original Score-Tie
A Man on the Edge-Joff Busch
Modern Nature-Alexander Leon
 
Honorable Mention for Best Original Score
Moustache-Dan Redfeld
 
Best Cinematography in a Short Film
Graduation-Matt Bockelman
 
Honorable Mention for Best Cinematography in a Short Film
Rab da Vaasta (For God's Sake)-NN Raghavendra Kumar
 
Best Cinematography in a Feature Film
Trouble with Women-Patrick Ginnetty
 
Best Editing
The Boy and The Bus-Matt Chodan
 
Honorable Mentions for Best Editing
Robert La Rosa-Return
Jackie Xerri-Mint Chip
 
Best Art Direction
Mr. Ideas
 
​For more information on LIIFE, please visit: longislandfilmexpo.com.
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FESTIVAL DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF
THE NASSAU COUNTY FILM OFFICE...
Debra Markowitz, debfilm@aol.com
 
 
MEDIA CONTACTS...
Melanie Lentz-Janney 
Melanie@doverwood.com, 321.945.4208
 
Susan Kaplan
 
 
SOCIALIZE WITH US...
Twitter ​ ​#2014LIIFE

 

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