LIFF Announces New Prize to Be Awarded in Memory of Jennifer Snyder Bryceland

Late Deadline for Film Festival Submissions Is March 4
Feb 27, 2019

The Lighthouse International Film Festival, set to take place June 6 through 9 this year on Long Beach Island, has announced a new prize to be awarded in memory of East Gallery owner Jennifer Snyder Bryceland, a cherished community figure who died July 4 weekend 2018. The Jennifer Snyder Bryceland Filmmaker Award is a joint offering of the film festival and the Chicago Media Project, of both of which Bryceland was an avid supporter and self-described “filmanthropist.”

The $2,500 special prize recognizes documentary filmmakers whose work embodies “the generous, thoughtful and positive energy demonstrated by beloved Long Beach Island resident Jennifer Snyder Bryceland in all aspects of her life,” according to festival officials.

The winning filmmaker’s feature-length documentary will display artistic excellence, incorporate local, regional or global environmental themes and inspire optimism in audiences.

A jury comprised of representatives of the Chicago Media Project and Bryceland’s family will select the winner, to be announced during the festival’s 2019 (the 11th annual) awards ceremony.

March 4 is the late deadline for submissions to this year’s festival – via FilmFreeway or Without a Box. The rates will increase before the extended final deadline of April 4. Acceptable submissions include U.S. and international narrative features, documentaries and shorts, as well as TV/web episodic series, high school shorts and surf films.

LIFF’s Write by the Beach program is also open for submissions by women screenwriters and filmmakers, the winners of which will spend a week in a beach house during the lead-up to the festival. Submissions are open to any female writer with at least one credit as a primary screenwriter on a produced short or feature film, with priority given to those currently working on feature-length screenplays. LIFF may require additional information, such as writing samples, film or equivalent writing credits, and a synopsis of the current writing project to be the focus of the residency.

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