Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00
With great excitement, Regina Gil, president and founder of the Great Neck Arts Center, announces the launch of the first annual Gold Coast International Film Festival, scheduled for June 1 through June 5. The film festival, co-hosted by the Town of North Hempstead, will actually take place on Long Island’s famed “Gold Coast” of Great Neck, Manhasset, Roslyn, Herricks and Port Washington. Anton Community Newspapers will be publishing the festival’s official program.
“I’m thrilled to build on the success we’ve experienced with the Arts Center and our Furman Film Series over the last 10 years and take it to the next level,” said Ms. Gil. “This feels like the natural next step, bringing world-class films to an eager audience, and all in the setting of Gatsby, here on the Gold Coast.”
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman stated: “In addition to galvanizing local and regional audiences on the storied Gold Coast, the film festival will support industry by injecting much needed dollars into the local economy.”
The Gold Coast International Film Festival (GCIFF) will kick off the summer season with a roster of “bold and dynamic films,” said Ms. Gil. Film festival coordinators say that “by selecting content with outstanding merit—new and retrospective films, feature-length and shorts—and taking advantage of the festival’s carefully selected timing and location to attract films with award ambitions, the GCIFF will support industry and galvanize local, regional and city audiences along New York’s storied Gold Coast in a celebration of the art and influence of cinema.”
A perfect spot for an international film festival, since the 20th century the “Gold Coast” has been the home to, and inspiration for, movie stars, directors, producers, composers and critics. Over the years Charlie Chaplin. Groucho Marx, Francis Ford Coppola, Fanny Brice, Natalie Portman, and a whole host of others in the entertainment world have called the North Shore of Long Island, the Gold Coast, their home.
Key events of the film festival include:
Opening and closing night films with gala premiere and wrap party at Gold Coast Mansion.
Conversations, special events, and question & answer sessions with well-known filmmakers.
“Insider industry” panels and events, including special events highlighting various aspects of the film and media industries.
A tribute event dedicated to the work of one notable filmmaker/film personality.
Family Film Day for families of all ages; coordinated with street fairs in the festival host towns and villages.
Outreach events that will include special screenings and workshops incorporated into the Great Neck Arts Center’s arts in education outreach program.
The festival’s programming, headed by Senior Programmer and Festival Director Sean McPhillips, former vice president of Acquisitions at Miramax Films, will feature narrative, documentary and shorts competitions with awards and tributes to follow. The festival will be invitation-only, with the exception of the shorts category, and the main programming criteria will be the presence of bold entertainment quality. The out-of-competition series will focus on classics and forgotten gems, while several signature series, panels and special events will take advantage of stunning Gold Coast locations ranging from mansions to public parks.
Film festival coordinators say that utilizing the latest in location-based social networking technology, the GCIFF will “interface in a fresh new way with filmmakers, industry insiders and the movie-going public alike to make the festival accessible to all, attracting film stars, directors, producers, composers and critics, along with those who make today’s Gold Coast their home.”
The GCIFF also partners with Americana Manhasset and Nassau County, as well as the Great Neck Arts Center and the Town of North Hempstead, to celebrate film, past and present, in their community.
And everyone is invited to help make this film festival a success. Town Supervisor Kaiman is appealing to residents to become volunteers for what he says “promises to be an extraordinary, inaugural event.” Volunteers are needed in the months and weeks prior to and during the film festival. Volunteer positions include, but are not limited to, office help, box office, ushers, concessions, food service, events and on-call helpers. For more information about volunteering for the festival, call the town at 311.
“Volunteers are the heart and soul of any film festival,” said GCIFF executive director Regina Gil. “We are looking for enthusiastic and eager individuals who want to help us make the first annual Gold Coast International Film Festival a great success.”
Ms. Gil and Supervisor Kaiman report that the following volunteer positions are available: talent coordinator, theater team, information team, sales (festival merchandise), special events (parties and panels), guest relations, volunteer drivers, talent handlers, and more.
Volunteer benefits will include free film passes, festival merchandise, and event access.
For information, email: info@goldcoast filmfestival.org.
For more details, please visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org.