MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Our MISSION is to discover, promote and give venue to independent filmmakers, not just from the greater New York area, but from other regions of America and abroad. For 28 years, the Long Island Film Festival has presented high quality film programs and has made a major contribution to the Long Island community by promoting films that are entertaining, educational and enhance the general public's understanding of cinema culture and the humanities.
During those 28 years, we have witnessed filmmaking transform itself from a strictly film medium to a highly technological global digital art form with sophisticated software operating on specially configured computers. As a result, there are more filmmakers attempting to break into the film industry. It is those new filmmakers that the Long Island Film Festival seeks to discover.
Our World Lens series focuses on foreign Indie filmmakers that are producing films that are pieces of their culture and set in economic, social, environmental, and political spheres. It is the commitment of the Long Island Film Festival to bring these films to America and present these perspectives to Long Islanders to enlighten and enhance their understanding of the world around us.
Our World Lens series includes films from our International Film Festival Exchange Program that includes the Kerry Film Festival in Ireland. Every year the Kerry Film Festival and the Long Island Film Festival exchange films that are included in both festivals. This emphasizes our commitment to expand cinema culture to the Long Island community.
For 2011 the Long Island Film Festival introduces Cinema Focus, hosted by veteran broadcaster and bestselling author, Joel Martin. Cinema Focus will include panel discussions on stage prior to a special screening program. In addition, Joel Martin will be interviewing all film entries about their work and posting on this site in MP3.