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The sixth annual Long Beach Film Festival returns Aug. 1-4

Courtesy of the Long Beach International Film Festival
The Long Beach International Film Festival will feature film screenings, the Taste on the Beach, and more.

And Action! The sixth annual Long Beach International Film Festival will take place August 1-4, with four days of film screenings, industry celebrations and sophisticated culinary events will be held on Long Beach, New York’s pristine, popular beachfront and at local theaters.

The unique, beachfront film festival will screen a diverse lineup of more than 70 films. Professional and amateur filmmakers will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards throughout the festival. Now in its 6th season, the festival is expected to attract more than 6,000 attendees and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in local economic activity.

The LBIFF premiered in 2012 with just 50 submissions and showcased 12 films with free screenings on the beach. After Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, the LBIFF had just finished its inaugural year and was threatened to collapse before ever fully taking off. Aided by a $20,000 grant from Nassau County, and participation from local celebrity stars like Daniel Baldwin and resilient festival founders.

“Whether you’re a film fanatic, foodie, filmmaker, cast member, crew member or music enthusiast, there is something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s LBIFF,” said LBIFF co-founder Craig Weintraub.

SVS Fine Jewelry featuring Forevermark Diamond is back on board as a presenting sponsor this year, with plans to expand its creative and charitable giving. Last year, SVS held the Bling and Bubbly Experience during the festival and raised $4,000 for the Surf For All foundation.

On Aug. 4, , the festival will feature a fantastic roster of local and nationally recognized musical talent performing beachfront at the Allegria Hotel. In addition, the wildly popular, premier culinary event, Taste On The Beach, will return and feature tastings from more than 40 of Long Island’s renowned restaurants, distilleries, wineries and more.

After the concerts and foodie festivities conclude, attendees will once again be invited into a custom-built movie theatre on the beach for the Shorts on the Beach Film Series, which will exhibit short films from around the world. The beach concerts and films shown on the beach are free and open to the public.

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