For the second year in a row, the Village of Lindenhurst was home to the New York Long Island Film Festival (NYLIFF). Festival Directors, Gerry Ferretti and Katie Schrader, both Lindenhurst residents, brought the festival to their hometown last year when movie theaters shut down and festivals started going virtual. The Lindenhurst Moose Lodge opened their doors to them, and NYLIFF was the only film festival to be fully live in 2020! Now in its third year, NYLIFF celebrated 65 officially-selected, independent films from all over the world, over the course of four days – their biggest festival to date! Films were screened again at the Moose Lodge, as well as this year at the South Shore Theatre Experience, and an Opening Night Party was held at Sand City South Brewing Company.
Mayor Michael Lavorata said, “Congratulations to the NYLIFF Team for another successful year! Lindenhurst is proud to welcome this creative community to our Village — a filmmaker-friendly place with scenic water views, a traditional downtown area, and beautiful parks.”
Pictured here (left to right) are Emergency Manager Ray Fais, NYLIFF Judge Donna Morales, Administrator Clerk Douglas Madlon, NYLIFF Program Director Katie Schrader, Mayor Michael Lavorata, NYLIFF Host Lilo Grunwald, NYLIFF Founder/Director Gerry Ferretti, and NYLIFF Judge Paul Laudicano. (Photo by Ed Shin)