LONG BEACH - It was a night that almost didn’t happen due to Superstorm Sandy, the Long Beach International Film Festival.

Short films were screened on the beach in front of the Allegria Hotel Thursday night.

Stars including Joan Jett, Dee Snider, Burt Young and Joey Kola came out to support the festival. The red carpet event was held on the boardwalk, which was destroyed by Sandy and rebuilt in time for the summer.

“I think this is really a testament to the people who live here and believe in this town and put something beautiful together like this,” says Jett.

Snider’s film “Fools Day” was co-written by his sons and was screened inside the hotel.

The second day of the festival is at the Long Beach Public Library and wraps up at Pops in Island Park.