Located on the “Gold Coast” in the Town of North Hempstead, the Gold Coast International Film Festival was founded with the purpose of establishing a home on Long Island to showcase the work of exceptional filmmakers and provide the public with an insider’s view of the film industry. Festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.

During the seven-day festival, area residents, visitors, members of the business and film communities, public officials, students and academics come together to celebrate the art and influence of cinema in the charming and historic towns and villages of Long Island’s Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast is just a short ride from New York City, and is easily accessible by car, train and the area’s three major airports: John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and MacArthur.

The Gold Coast International Film Festival is produced by the Gold Coast Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1993 and dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach.


Edward F. Burns, Filmmaker
Nelson DeMille,
Nancy Gerstman,
Zeitgeist Films
Clive Gillinson,
Carnegie Hall
Terry Greenbery, New York Women in Film and Television
Julie Grusd, CPA
Doug Liman, Filmmaker
Diane Masciale, WLIW21

Nancy Melius, Oheka Castle
David Paterson, Filmmaker
Martin D. Payson, New York Jewish Film Festival
Edwina Sandys, Fine Artist
Jim Serpico, Film Producer
William Sherak, Deluxe Entertainment
Lawrence Smith, Mad Riot Entertainment
Norman Steinberg, Screenwriter/Producer