A tight-knit community, of neighbors supporting neighbors means everything to independent filmmakers. That feeling was abundantly clear last week at the Bellmore Movies & Showplace with the Long Island International Film Expo.

Now in its 25th year, the expo returned to the 107-year-old cinema on Bellmore’s Pettit Avenue on July 13, having already established itself as a well-respected festival in the independent film community.

The expo — more commonly known as LIIFE — was co-created by Debra Markowitz and Henry Stampfel from the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, along with Stampfel’s wife, Anne.

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