The 8th Annual was held Dec. 10 and 11. This two-day festival is presented by the Organización Latino-Americana and the and started in 2004. The film festival’s goal is to bring the Latino culture, and all of its nuances, to the masses through independent, award-winning films from Hispanic countries like Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia. All of the movies had English subtitles.
This year, “Nora’s Will” was the opening film.
Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
The second annual Wildlife Conservation Film Festival came to in Sag Harbor in September. The mission of The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival — and the 15 advisory board members — is to organize events in cities across the globe to spread the message of natural history and wildlife conservation through the use of films, television and social media. The festival is the premier venue for wildlife filmmakers to present their work to a world audience.
This year’s winner in the children/youth category:
The Long Island Film/TV Foundation and the Nassau County Film Commission held the weeklong Long Island International Film Expo at the Bellmore Movies this past summer. Past Long Island Film/TV Expo festivals have hosted 50-155 short and feature-length independent films from all over the globe. Started in 2002, The Long Island International Film Expo starts with an opening night party and several panels are held during the first weekend. The winners are chosen by a combination of audience ballot and judging committee and then honored at the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony.
Actor/director Ed Burns at this year’s Long Island Film/TV Expo speaks about independent films and filming on Long Island: