The Lighthouse International Film Festival
June 2019 / Long Beach Island, NJ / lighthousefilmfestival.org
Shoring up support from film enthusiasts, moviemakers, and industry players and critics alike, Long Beach Island, New Jersey’s Lighthouse International Film Festival stages its action in the Garden State’s own “Surf City,” where locals have been annoyed by vacationing shoobies since time immemorial. (“The programmers and staff are respected cinephiles,” says a panelist, so at least LIFF’s own self-designed film community doesn’t have an interloper quality to it.) This year, attendees networked and noshed during limoncello making classes, an Amalfi Coast dinner, and wine-tasting sessions with a Manhattan view, all of which fueled fundraising on the occasion of the fest’s 10-year anniversary.