The 2014 Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) will be running from July 30-Aug. 4, and although the event is based in the city named in its title, a significant portion of the screenings will actually be held in Rockville Centre (at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College). However, one entire night of the fest is not only set in Long Beach but happening on the beach -- and it’s open to the public for no charge.
Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, the “Shorts on the Beach” portion of the LBIFF program will be taking place on the shore space behind the Allegria Hotel (80 W. Broadway, 516-889-1300). It begins with three hours of live music -- performed by Benjamin "Benoir" Metzger, Joe Horowitz, reggae band Ruff Stuff and Cass Dillon -- followed at 8 p.m. by a two-hour series of short films, including award winning pieces such as the Australian “A Man on the Edge” and Mineola filmmaker Nugent Cantileno’s “Tilt of a Rose.”
In addition, there is a VIP option available via tickets that grant admittance to the “Filmmakers Beach Tent,” a $100 package that also includes a red carpet entrance at 5 p.m. plus open bar and hors d'oeuvres until 8 p.m. Ticketholders also receive free rental of a beach chair for the 8 p.m.-10 p.m. movie showings; chairs are otherwise available to rent for $10.
For purchase and more information, visit longbeachfilm.com.