8th Annual

Lighthouse International Film Festival

June 09, 2016 to June 12, 2016

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Narrative or Documentary Feature
Anything between 40 and 180 minutes is fair game. We mean it -- any country, any genre, any story, and our selections over the last few years reflect our commitment to a broad array of films.
Narrative or Documentary Short
Short films make up an essential part of our festival, and we will gladly consider every kind of short film imaginable.


The Lighthouse International Film Festival is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to showcasing new and innovative films and fostering the next generation of filmmakers. The festival offers a weekend of films, networking, parties and surfing, and draws some of the industry’s top film critics, producers and distributors. The festival also seeks to serve the community by presenting unique programs that inspire, engage and challenge a diverse audience through the art of film.


IndieWIRE listed the Lighthouse International Film Festival (LIFF) as one of the 17 best film festivals in the world in June -- one of only a handful of festivals in the United States to receive that honor. LIFF was founded by a collection of filmmakers, film critics and film industry professionals who share a passion for film and wanted to create an event aimed first and foremost at film enthusiasts. 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. Recent screenings included "The Tribe", "When Animals Dream", "Applesauce", "Hellion", "Appropriate Behavior", "Evolution of a Criminal", “This Time Next Year”, and "Fort Tilden", all major festival favorites, alongside our exciting competition premieres. LIFF features a star-studded jury each year, which in 2015 included representatives from numerous prominent distributors and alumni filmmakers from past festivals. 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.


Charlie Prince (Founder / Board Chair); Eric Johnson (Executive Director); John Miller (Finance Director)


Entering Guidelines:
- Please submit two (2) copies of your film for consideration (not necessary for digital submissions).
- All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
- Discs and publicity materials will not be returned.
- Films must have been completed after January 1, 2015.
- All entries must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.
- The Lighthouse International Film Festival is not responsible for discs lost or damaged in transit.

- If accepted, exhibition copies are due no later than May 15, 2016.
- All accepted applicants will be notified of the Festival's decision on or around April 24, 2016.

Competition and Awards:
A panel of jurists comprised of filmmakers and professionals in the various fields of cinema will award the Golden Lighthouse for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best Short Film (Narrative or Doc).

Questions & Information:
For additional information about the Festival, contact us at information@lighthousefilmfestival.org

- Entry fee (if not paid via credit card thru Withoutabox, a check or money order made out to “Lighthouse International Film Festival”)
- Preview DVDs (2 copies)


By submitting to the Lighthouse International Film Festival ("LIFF"), the individual or corporation submitting (the "Submitter") agrees that if accepted, LIFF may screen the submitted film (the "Film") at the festival, and Submitter represents and warrants that it is authorized to commit the Film for screening. LIFF is hereby further granted the right to utilize an excerpt from the Film at the Festival for promotional purposes.

Submitter also accepts the rules and regulations of LIFF and certifies that all statements in this document are true and acknowledges that Submitter is solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights for the submission and exhibition of this film at the festival, which Submitter represents have been obtained.

Submitter agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the LIFF and its representatives and affiliated entities from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorneys' fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim iin connection with any screening of Submitter's film at the festival, including, but not limited to, any claims for insufficiently clearances, copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. It is acknowledged and agreed that LIFF's projection format may change.