The 22nd Annual Long Island International Film Expo, July 12-18

What should film buffs and aspiring filmmakers put on their to-do lists for Friday, July 12 through Thursday, July 18? Go to Bellmore and attend the 22nd Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE).

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The Long Island International Film Expo, which MovieMaker Magazine called “one of the top 25 coolest film festivals in the world,” features an exciting week-long lineup of more than 160 short- and feature-length independent films. While the films come from across the globe, many of the films have ties to Long Islanders, including:

  • Kid, the Moon, written and directed by Justin Portaro of Plainview
  • Zoul, directed and produced by Tom Cassese of Hicksville
  • Sometimes, We Never Really Change, directed by Christian Pinglo of Glen Cove
  • Family Obligations, written and directed by Kenneth Frank, and executive produced by his wife Shawna Brandle of Rockville Centre

In addition to the screenings, there will be a variety of panels covering film industry-related topics such as financing and distributing independent content, scriptwriting, and how to get an agent. The closing night awards ceremony on Thursday, July 18, will be hosted by Kevin “Dot Com” Brown.

The Long Island International Film Expo is being held at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue in Bellmore. For the complete schedule and to purchase tickets online, visit