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The Lighthouse International Film Festival

Lighthouse International Film Festival is a vibrant cultural event that combines the experience of viewing award-winning international films, engaging panels, networking events, stellar after parties and (of course), our inviting white sand beaches. 


LIFF was chosen as one of "The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by MovieMaker Magazine in 2018 and 2020. The festival has also been covered by The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, Variety, NJ Star-Ledger, Rolling Stone Magazine and NBC 4 New York among many others. The Festival has screened Academy Award winning and nominated films and hosted Academy filmmakers.

We also made history in 2020 when we became the world’s first film festival to segue into a fully drive-in format in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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. 

Support LIFF

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

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.

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