Lighthouse International Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions

The awards (Photo courtesy of the Lighthouse International Film Festival)

LONG BEACH ISLAND – The Lighthouse International Film Festival is pleased to announce that film submissions for the upcoming festival are now open! All fees and categories are listed on the website,

Take advantage of the “early bird special” of only $35.00 to submit until January 13, 2017.

Submissions accepted from now until March 24, 2017 with fees adjusted for dates.

Notification Date: April 28, 2017

Event: Lighthouse Film Festival-June 8-11, 2017

Awards & Prizes
The festival gives the Golden Lighthouse award as selected by that year’s festival jury, as well as an audience award for best feature and best short film. Festival juries are comprised of filmmakers and industry professionals.The LIFF jury is normally comprised primarily of filmmakers who participated in previous years of the festival.

Rules & Terms
To be eligible for entry, films must have been completed after January 1, 2016. Films shorter than 40 minutes will be eligible for our short film competition, and films over 40 minutes are eligible for our feature film competition.

The festival takes place on Long Beach Island, NJ — one of the East coast’s most popular surfing destinations, and a short ride from both New York City and Philadelphia. 2017 will be the 9th year of the festival! June 8-11th.

Submissions are open:

The Lighthouse International Film Festival (LIFF) was founded in 2008 by Charlie Prince, who currently works at The Weinstein Company as the Chief Legal Officer and EVP of Operations. The festival’s executive director is Eric Johnson, a filmmaker and screenwriter with broad film festival experience. Over time, the festival has attracted an impressive array of filmmakers, film critics and film industry professionals who share a passion for film and strive to create a festival that is rewarding for everyone who loves film, and also attentive and respectful of its filmmaker participants.

Each year, LIFF champions a selection of new, often unrecognized films from the US and around the world to compete in its competition and audience award categories, which screen alongside award-winning spotlight films from Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, Toronto and Tribeca. Last year’s festival opened with “Cameraperson”, which is on the short list for the Academy Award for best documentary.

Other screenings from 2016 include “Women Who Kill” and “The Last Laugh”, and you can find the full lineup of the festival’s past screenings on their website.

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