The Fire Island Film Festival is back; here’s what you can expect


Fire Island’s shoreside celebration of independent filmmaking returns on Aug. 27.

Three years ago, 17-year-old actor and director Jesse Ray Sheps created The Fire Island Film Festival to give a platform for young indie filmmakers of all diverse backgrounds, movie budgets and experience levels to share their passion projects.

Out of approximately 1,022 submissions, nine short films were selected to be featured at this year’s festival.

This year’s Fire Island Film Festival will be hosted at the Ocean Beach Community House by Miss New York USA 2021 Briana Siaca.

The categories include Best Feature Narrative, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Audience Choice Award, Best Horror Film, Best Documentary and Best Comedy.

The directors and actors will be present to discuss their films with the audience and fellow movie-makers.

Tickets are $30 and all proceeds from the festival benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital to help young patients.

To purchase a ticket or to find more information, visit the event’s website here.

Top photo: FIFF Founder Jesse Ray Sheps. Photo courtesy of