The Gold Coast International Film Festival launched in 2011 and became an immediate success here on the north shore of Long Island, where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby and the stars of stage and screen lived and worked before Hollywood was Hollywood. Since our first year, we have hosted numerous stars including Hugh Grant, Ed Burns, Baz Luhrmann, Isabella Rossellini, Bruce Dern, Lou Diamond Phillips, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, Phylicia Rashad, Paul Sorvino, Homeland’s Navid Negahban, Jason Ritter, Melanie Lynskey, members of the band Twisted Sister, WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw, animator Bill Plympton, comedienne Susie Essman, Oscar-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin, writer/director Marc Lawrence, and more. Last year, we screened over 80 films from more than 22 countries; hosted 34 events in 11 venues over 10 days; and presented films starring James Franco, Vera Farmiga, Geoffrey Rush, David Cross, Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, and many others.
We present feature and short films from dozens of countries and cast a great spotlight on the artists whose work we present, gathering enthusiastic audiences to our screenings. During the 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. Festival events, many of them free, include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties, and a gala.
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.
GCIFF ADVISORY BOARD
Edward F. Burns, Filmmaker
Nelson DeMille, Author
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