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Festival to Host Special Presentation of 2016 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Short Films on February 3rd in Great Neck

Festival to Host Special Presentation of 2016 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Short Films on February 3rd in Great Neck

January, 2016 (Great Neck, NY) — Gold Coast International Film Festival and the Gold Coast Arts Center have a long-standing and impressive track record of screening many Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated feature films in advance of award selections.  Over the past 20 years, they have screened dozens of films nominated in all of the major Oscar categories including Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress, and this year is no exception! On Wednesday, February 3rd join Long Island’s home for showcasing the work of exceptional filmmakers in a screening of the 2016 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Short Films, followed by  a fascinating Q&A with special guests, including Oscar-winning filmmaker, Mara Kassin, producer of Curfew, recipient of the 2013 Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film and Alexandra Gil, GCIFF’s short film curator.


The Gold Coast International Film Festival tradition of previewing the Oscar’s best films dates back to their screening of Best Picture nominee, Life Is Beautiful, 6 months before its national release.  In recent years, the Festival has also previewed 7 Best Picture winners and nominees including Silver Linings Playbook, Philomena, Nebraska, The Artist, The Descendants, The Kings Speech and 127 Hours, and 4 Best Foreign Language Film winners and nominees, including 2016 Oscar nominees Mustang and Son of Saul as well as 2015 winner Ida, and 2013 nominee A Royal Affair.


Don’t miss the Festival’s upcoming screening on February 3 of the 2016 OSCAR NOMINATED LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILMS.

7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

Bow Tie Squire Cinemas (115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck)

The following films are included in this special presentation:

Ave Maria

Dir. Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany, 15 minutes

Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters’ vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.


Dir. Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK, 21 minutes

In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.

Everything Will Be OK

Dir. Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria, 30 minutes

Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.


Dir. Benjamin Cleary, UK/Ireland, 12 minutes

For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in person, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.

Day One

Dir. Henry Hughes, USA, 25 minutes

On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man’s pregnant wife when she goes into labor.

For More Info and to Purchase Tickets, VISIT: www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick@RickEberle.com

More About the Gold Coast Film Festival:

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. Year-round festival events include screenings, workshops, conversations with prominent members of the film community, parties and a gala.

During the annual 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. In addition to the Fall festival, GCIFF also presents dozens of preview screenings and filmmaker Q&As throughout the year at their year-round Furman and Douglas Elliman Film Series.

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.

More About the Gold Coast Arts Center:

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our (1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.

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