Submit your film through FilmFreeway

After wrapping an incredibly successful event this past summer, The Lighthouse International Film Festival is once again open for submission to its 12th annual Lighthouse International Film Festival. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their feature, docs, shorts, and episodic works for LIFF 2020 - exclusively via FilmFreeway website.

Submission Deadlines
-"Early Bird-Special" will run until October 21, 2019
-Regular submission deadline is December 23, 2019
-Late submission- February 3, 2020
-NEW Extended late deadline concludes- March 27, 2019
> Read more about the new extended deadline

Every year LIFF's reputation grows as a premier independent film destination. Our goal was to be the Coolest Festival in the North East, or possibly the USA. We have exceeded our goal! Now Lighthouse International Film Festival was chosen in 2018 as one of The 25 Coolest Film Festival in The World by MovieMaker Magazine. We invite you to join us for our 12th annual Lighthouse International film festival and submit your narrative features, docs, shorts, and TV/web episodic. The selected films will participate in the festival's competition. The winners will be decided by the festival jury.

Lighthouse International Film Festival accepts submissions in the following categories:

- NARRATIVE features - US and international
- DOCUMENTARIES - Feature-length -USA and international
- SHORTS (up to 30 minutes) - Narrative and documentaries -US and international
- LONG-SHORTS (30-45 minutes) - Narrative and documentaries-US and international
- TV and Web series (between 3-20 minutes an episode)
- Surf films
- High School Shorts

Visit the FilmFreeway website for more information.

Write By The Beach Program
Submissions are also open for LIFF's Write By The Beach writers' retreat program. Three selected female filmmakers will spend the whole week leading up the 2020 Festival at a beach house. It is LIFF's goal to provide a serene setting to write and create. Submissions are open to any female writer with at least one credit as a primary screenwriter on a produced short or feature film. Priority in the program's selection is given to those writers currently working on feature-length screenplays. LIFF may require additional information in making its selections.

Awards and Prizes
Every year, the festival offers jury awards to films in different categories. Jurors for these awards represent some of the most talented leaders in the industry. LIFF's recent juror included Oscar-winning director Guy Nattiv (Skin), Oscar nominees Jean de Meuron and Raphaela Neihausen, programmers Thom Powers (TIFF), Goran Topalovic (NY Asian FF), and Meira Blaustein (Woodstock FF). Our jurors also include film scholars and industry executives. All official LIFF film selections in each category are eligible for Juror Awards, excluding Headlining Films. There are also Audience Awards in each category.

The Jennifer Snyder Bryceland Filmmaker Award
In 2019, LIFF and Chicago Media Project joined together in offering The Jennifer Snyder Bryceland Filmmaker Award. The special prize recognizes documentary filmmakers whose projects embody the generous, thoughtful and positive energy demonstrated by beloved Long Beach Island resident Jennifer Snyder Bryceland in all aspects of her life.

The $2,500 award is given to a filmmaker whose feature-length documentary displays artistic excellence, incorporates environmental themes (local, regional or global) and inspires optimism in audiences.

The Lighthouse International Film Festival is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to showcasing diverse, dynamic storytelling, with a focus on unique voices that blends the prestige of a carefully curated lineup of films with the intimacy of local arthouse screenings - screenings feature extended Q&As, with industry breakfasts and filmmaker access to all film screenings and events that encourage networking and relationships-building. 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. Join us at The Lighthouse International Film Festival for our vibrant cultural event that occurs June 4-7, 2020, on Long Beach Island, New Jersey - So much more than a film festival.