Lighthouse International Film Festival


Years running: 13 (since 2009)

Lighthouse International Film Festival

International Film Festival.


The Lighthouse International Film Festival is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to showcasing new and innovative films and fostering the next generation of filmmakers. The festival offers a weekend of films, networking, parties and surfing, and draws some of the industry’s top film critics, producers and distributors. The festival also seeks to serve the community by presenting unique programs that inspire, engage and challenge a diverse audience through the art of film.


  • Golden Lighthouse for each of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature;
  • Audience Choice Award; 
  • Golden Lighthouse - Best Short Film ($500).


  • Entries must have been completed on or after January 1, 2019.
  • Films must not have publicly screened in the greater Central New Jersey area prior to the festival.
  • Films produced or financed by a major motion picture studio are eligible for festival screenings but are not eligible for competitive awards.
  • Download file via Filmfreeway system.

Selection Media Type: online screener

Screening Media Type: DCP, BLU-RAY, DVD

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Charles Prince (President);
  • Eric Johnson (Executive Director).



United States
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Official Website



250 Mercer Street C512
New York, NY 10012
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Phone: 646 245 8400

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    August 13, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    October 05, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    December 28, 2020
  • Late Deadline
    February 08, 2021
  • Extended Deadline
    April 05, 2021
  • Notifications
    May 10, 2021
  • Event Dates
    24 — 27 June 2021
Categories & Fees

Narrative or Documentary Short. Maximum 40 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $45

Narrative or Documentary Feature. Anything between 40 and 180 minutes is fair game. We mean it -- any country, any genre, any story, and our selections over the last few years reflect our commitment to a broad array of films.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $50
  • Extended Deadline — $55

Write By The Beach program, a writers’ retreat for female screenwriters and filmmakers.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $55

This category is designated for content that is episodic in nature. Submissions must include the pilot or first episode and may include as many episodes as you would like to share, but not to exceed 90 minutes total run time.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $45
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