Ray Fais, Donna Morales, Doug Madlon Lindenhurst Village Admin, Katie Schrader, Mike Lavorata Lindenhurst Mayor, Gerry Ferretti, and Paul Laudicano. (Photo by Ed Shin)
The New York Long Island Film Festival returned to the Lindenhurst Moose Lodge — and added the South Shore Theatre Experience as a screening venue — from Oct. 21 to 24.
Festival Director Gerry Ferretti decided, after being the only festival to go live in 2020, that he had to do something special for 2021. First, he doubled the days from two to four, then added a terrific new venue in the SSTE, and finally organized an opening night party at Sand City Brewery in Lindenhurst.
The opening night party was a huge success as he brought in food from various local restaurants, had live music playing, and even screened a couple of films. With the help of Katie Schrader, Paul Laudicano, and Donna Morales, the NYLI Film Festival showed films from 10 different countries across four days and welcomed filmmakers from all over the country.
The festival also introduced additional awards to recognize the various categories of filmmaking including the new Spirit of NYLIFF Award and cash prize, which honors the film that represents the greatest production value, hard work, and determination within a minimal budget.