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The Lighthouse International Film Festival

You're here because you love film. You love beautiful stories, stunning visuals and the magical way it can transport you to another place and time.


But you also love the beach—the sand between your toes and the sun on your shoulders as you watch the waves roll in.


That's why we created Lighthouse International Film Festival. No matter what kind of movie lover you are, we have something for everyone. We screen top-tier films from around the world—films that will challenge your mind and make you think in new ways; films that make your heart ache with sadness and joy at once; films that make you realize how much more there is out there.


After all, isn't that what film does best? It takes us out of ourselves and into someone else's story for a little bit—and then takes us back again, somehow changed by a shared experience.

If you're looking for a great weekend come to  Long Beach Island, let us transport and transform you! 

The 15th annual edition of the Lighthouse International Film Festival will take place over one very fun and action-packed summer weekend between June 7-11, 2023.


Lighthouse Film Festival in the News

"Lighthouse should absolutely be on every filmmaker's radar. A no-brainer for your submission shortlist."
- Joshua Radford

Highlights from the Lighthouse

We've showcased some of the best films on the international festival circuit. Take a look at last year's line-up. 

Last Year's Film Festival Winners

Narrative Feature Competition

Jury Award Winner: Straighten Up and Fly Right by Steven Tanenbaum and Kristen Abate (USA)

Jury Special Mention: Love, Life and Goldfish by Yukinori Makabe (Japan)

Audience Award: Love, Life and Goldfish by Yukinori Makabe (Japan)

Documentary Feature Competition

Jury Award Winner: Eternal Spring by Jason Loftus (Canada)

Jury Special Mention: Oleg by Nadia Tass (USA)

Audience Award: Eternal Spring by Jason Loftus (Canada)​



In The Press

"IndieWire’s Best Film Festivals June Has to Offer"
"The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2020"
Interview with Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, Directors of LIFF Doc 9to5

“American Factory” Screens at Lighthouse International Film Festival


Scott Rosenfelt Accepts LIFF’s Award for Outstanding Career in Filmmaking

The Lighthouse International Film Festival wishes to recognize  Scott Rosenfelt for his outstanding career in filmmaking . Mr. Rosenfelt has created iconic films including Teen Wolf, (1985 starring Michael J. Fox), Mystic Pizza (1988 starring Julia Roberts) and Home Alone (1990 starring Macaulay Culkin).

Lighthouse Int'l Film Festival Introduces New AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

The HONEY LEVINE AWARD is the Lighthouse International Film Festival’s new audience choice award, named in memory of Annette “Honey” Levine — a patron of the arts, cinephile and friend of the Festival.


The HONEY LEVINE AWARD will be given to a feature-length documentary or narrative, as selected by audience ballot, and the winner will receive a $1,000 cash award.

Support LIFF

We are a non-profit and depend on ongoing support.

All contributions to the Lighthouse International Film Festival are greatly appreciated!

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