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Lighthouse International Film Festival Accepting 2018 Submissions

Lighthouse International Film Festival Accepting 2018 Submissions

(LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ) -- The  Lighthouse International Film Festival is accepting submissions for the 2018 festival - it's 10th anniversary.  Submissions may be sent via Filmfreeway.com or Withoutabox.com. The early bird discounted deadline is January 26; the regular deadline is February 23; and the late deadline is March 16.  This year's festival will take place June 7-10 in Long Beach Island.

The Lighthouse International Film Festival champions cinema in its own unique style, blending the best in modern storytelling with the laid-back beach culture of Long Beach Island, NJ. Internationally recognized, the festival has cultivated a devoted following of filmmakers, industry professionals and local cinephiles and brings them together in a singular setting designed to squarely put the emphasis on the films and filmmakers.

LIFF blends the prestige of a carefully curated lineup of films with the intimacy of local arthouse screenings – screenings feature extended Q&As, while industry breakfasts and filmmaker access to all film screenings and events encourages networking and relationships-building. Purposefully taking a step away from some of the high-intensity, tension-frought aspects of market festivals, LIFF wants filmmakers to meet their audience, engage in dialogue about their film, expand its reach, and most of all, to focus on enjoying their LIFF screening and experience.

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LIFF is also accepting submissions for its "Write By The Beach" program, a writers’ retreat for female screenwriters and filmmakers. Taking advantage of the inspiration provided by the scenic backdrop of LBI, nestled in between ocean and bay, Write By The Beachoffers selected screenwriters the opportunity to spend a week in a beach house in the week leading up to and encompassing the 2018 Festival, with no obligation except to foster their creativity on whatever project they are currently working. Submissions are open to any female writer with at least one credit as primary screenwriter on a produced short or feature film, with priority in selection given to those writers currently working on feature-length screenplays. LIFF may require additional information in making its selections, such as – but not limited to – writing samples, film or equivalent writing credits and a brief synopsis of the current writing project to be focused on during the residency.



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Whether at a screening, a panel discussion, a meeting over ice cream at the beach or just catching some waves at one of LBI’s terrific surfing spots, LIFF wants filmmakers and attendees to celebrate the myriad ways in which storytelling is exploding.

The Lighthouse International Film Festival is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to showcasing diverse, dynamic storytelling, with a focus on unique voices.



originally published: 2018-01-12 01:00:00


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