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The Vic Skolnick Community Service Award

The Vic Skolnick Community Service Award – Awarded to that person who has continually contributed to Long Island community, selflessly enriching it.

Eddie Finan

Over the years, Eddie has volunteered with organizations such as the Long Island Center, LIGALY, The Support Group for Catholic Parents of LGBT Children (which he co-facilitated), The LGBT Democrats of Suffolk County (which later became the LGBT Democrats of Long Island), the Jeffrey A. Glayzer Memorial Scholarship Fund, and Transgender Day of Remembrance (both as a three time guest speaker—2008, 2011, 2012, and as Master of Ceremonies of the service). Today, Eddie is part of the Leadership of Long Island Community Fellowship (Long Island’s only LGBT church), the Board of Directors of the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the Long Island Transgender Advocacy Coalition (LITAC). Eddie is probably most associated with Auntie M’s Helping Hands, Inc. (AMHH). Eddie is one of the founding members of AMHH. He has been there right from the start with this organization in February 2001, and is very proud of AMHH’s many accomplishments. Eddie wishes to thank—first and foremost—his dad, siblings (both blood and “in-law”), his nieces and nephew for their continuing support his work. He also wishes to thank all those in the LGBT Community who have mentored him in the organization/fundraising work. And last but not least, Eddie thanks his many friends of the LGBT Community who are always there for him. It is an amazing Community.

The Director's Award

The Director’s Award – awarded to those unsung persons who have become synonymous with the LIGLFF through their continual dedication to the festival.

Liz Snow & Pat Cohen

Liz Snow & Pat Cohen celebrated 28 years together and 11 years of legal marriage this year. They were married in May, 2004, in Massachusetts the first week it became law there. Liz & Pat have also been long term workers at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (Michfest) and met there in 1978, although it took 10 more years for them to get together due to geography and cultural differences, ie, Liz lived in North Carolina and worked at Ladyslipper Music, a Women’s Music Distribution & Production Company., and Pat was a native New Yorker with long term Long Island Lesbian Feminist activism and commitments, including being a past member of the “Women’s Film Coop” in Northampton, Massachusetts. Both are avid film fans and have always made film outings a major part of their entertainment, sometimes seeing up to four films at a sitting. Both were very excited when the LIGLFF began and for the past three years have rarely missed a LIGLFF film. They spend the entire weekend at the annual LIGLFF Festivals seeing every film, returning home to sleep only!

The All-Star Awards

All Star Awards – Awarded to those business or groups that continuously support awareness and acceptance of the LGBT community, and have devoted their time and experience to the success of the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Campari Restaurant

Campari Restaurant (Danyell’s Kitchen) – This small restaurant, owned by its master Chef Danyell Miller, has constantly gone beyond in sponsoring events at least twice a year. Danyell constantly gives more then she possibly can afford and does so with such a selfless spirit.

Broadway Sings For Pride

Broadway Sings for Pride is a LGBT non for profit for organization which pairs with celebrities and the Broadway community to sing for pride. In its 5th year, Founders Neal Bennington and Robert Miele have brought together Broadway’s brightest stars and benefited such great causes as The Trevor Project and The Harvey Milk High School. They have always been great supporters of the Film Festival and personally honored to be their friend!

Industry Award

Jeffrey Winter

Jeffrey Winter – Jeffrey is nothing short of amazing. He runs distribution for such notable releasing companies as Wolfe Releasing and The Film Collaborative just to scratch the service. He is always on call and has reached out numerous times to assist our festival and the Cinema Arts Centre.


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