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Welcome to the Lighthouse International Film Festival, a celebration of cinema, creativity, and community on Long Beach Island, NJ.

The 16th Annual Lighthouse International Film Festival, will place from June 5- 9, 2024 and  promises to be a spectacular showcase of films handpicked from the top film festivals worldwide, including Sundance, SXSW, TIFF, and more.

As the festival approaches, the excitement is palpable. Filmmakers and movie buffs from around the globe  join us on our 18 miles of paradise to immerse themselves in a world of cinematic artistry, entertainment, and stimulating conversation.

Choose from an All Access Pass for entry to any film or party, a Films Only Pass for all film screenings, or individual tickets for less commitment. No matter which option you choose, we invite you to enjoy the Lighthouse International Film Festival's exceptional program of films, workshops, and parties. 

Lighthouse Film Festival in the News

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

Lighthouse 2023 Hits LBI!

We take pride in curating a diverse selection of exceptional films from around the world. Our passion lies in showcasing the very best cinematic works that have garnered acclaim and recognition on the domestic and international festival circuit. Over the years, we've carefully selected films that have made waves at renowned festivals such as Tribeca, Cannes, Sundance, and SXSW, among others.

Last year, we had the privilege of presenting an extraordinary lineup of films that captivated audiences. Our selection showcased a diverse range of genres, themes, and storytelling techniques, ensuring that there was something for every film enthusiast.

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 
9 to 5

“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 newest 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.

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