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Debra Markowitz, Founder, Long Island Film Expo

Will Roberts talks to Debra Markowitz of the Long Island International Film Expo is the premier filmmaker community on Long Island. Sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF) and the County of Nassau, we show 100 - 170 short and feature-length films of every genre from the world over. We have a heavy celebrity presence, with visits from Steve Buscemi, Ralph Macchio, Ally Sheedy, Cathy Moriarty, Danny Aiello, Brian O'Halloran, John Amos, Ed Asner, Karen Allen, Kevin Brown, Robert Clohessy, William Sadler, Danny Aiello, Clark Middleton and so many more. But mostly, LIIFE is about you, the filmmaker. We offer networking opportunities, specialized attention, a 350 seat historic theater, press and media opportunities, convenient filmmakers lounge, and we are directly by the Bellmore Train Station for easy access into, and out of, NYC. It's all about the films, and all about the filmmakers.

Also please check out our new dedicated horror festival (for horror shorts only) - Scared for Your LIIFE at Short horror films that have previously screened at LIIFE are eligible for an alumni discount. Please email Sarah with your previously screened film's name and the year it screened for your Alumni Discount at

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