26th Annual

Hamptons International Film Festival

October 04, 2018 to October 08, 2018


Documentary Feature


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
March 19, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Regular Deadline
April 23, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
Late Deadline
May 21, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00
WAB Extended Deadline
June 11, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 95.00 90.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately September 14, 2018

Features: minimum 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2017

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Documentary Competition Award
The winning Documentary Film receives a $3,000 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind goods and services, with a total value of over $30,000.
Sponsor:Hamptons International Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 3,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 30,000 U.S. Dollar

The Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict & Resolution
For the past seventeen years, the Films of Conflict & Resolution section has presented films that focus on the realities of war and human conflict around the world, and inspire discussion about the possibilities for resolution. One film from this section will be awarded $5,000 as the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award winner. In our 2016 edition, two of the festival’s three Audience Award winning films were featured in this section and three films were nominated for Academy Awards. We have shown many films in this section that have gone on to significant acclaim, including HUMAN FLOW (Academy Award Documentary Shortlist); I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (Academy Award nominee); FIRE AT SEA (Academy Award nominee); THE WHITE HELMETS (Academy Award winner); THE SQUARE (Academy Award nominee); WAR WITCH (Academy Award); THE FOG OF WAR (Academy Award winner); NOWHERE IN AFRICA (Academy Award winner, US Premiere); NO MAN’S LAND (Academy Award winner); RABBIT A LA BERLIN (Academy Award nominee), E-TEAM, BULLY, RISING FROM ASHES (World Premiere); CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH (US Premiere); and many more. Prior to the festival, one film will be recognized as an honoree with the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict & Resolution. There will be a special program with panel and reception designed around the issues presented in the honored film.
Sponsor:The Brizzolara Family Foundation
Cash Award Value: 5,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award
The Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award is given to a film that raises public awareness about the moral and ethical treatment and the rights of animals, as well as environmental protection. The winning film inspires compassion and compels social change. The award is given by Zelda Penzel, long time educator, advocate for animal rights, and a volunteer at HIFF since its inception. The winning film will be accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500 and will screen in our Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights section. Bringing together animal advocacy, environmental and social justice issues, our Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights section provides a platform for filmmakers to share meaningful information, stories of inspiration, and tools for creating a safe and humane world for animals.The films in this section seek to arouse in the consciousness of our audiences respect for the dignity and rights of all living beings and to encourage dialogue about how we treat and view animals as a community. The 2017 edition included the Academy Award Shortlisted JANE by Brett Morgen.
Cash Award Value: 2,500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award For Social Justice
Presented to the film in the festival that most exemplifies the themes of social justice and civil liberties. The 2017 award was presented to Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir’s documentary I AM EVIDENCE.
Sponsor:Louis M. Rabinowitz Foundation
Cash Award Value: 1,500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Sponsor:Hamptons International Film Festival

Category Rules

General Eligibility

These regulations apply to all sections:
-Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017.
-HIFF will not consider previously submitted films.
-Films may not have been released theatrically or shown on television in the U.S. prior to the festival. We also prefer that films not be available online prior to the festival.
-We prefer films to have not screened on the East End of Long Island prior to the festival's dates. If there are any questions regarding premiere status, please contact us at programming@hamptonsfilmfest.org.
-HIFF presents all films in their original language. Non-English language films must have English subtitles.
-If you are submitting a work-in-progress, the DVD or link must be clearly marked as a work-in-progress or rough cut. The festival will only be able to consider one version of each film submitted and does not accept replacement cuts for consideration. Please take this into account when deciding when to submit your film.
-DCP is the preferred exhibition format for the festival.
-The preferred format for submissions is a Vimeo link. Filmmakers are responsible for notifying us when their passwords have changed. We ask that we have access to the films until all programming decisions are made on September 14 (our notification date). We will also consider secure online screeners and DVDs. Submission DVDs will NOT be returned. For programming questions, please contact us at programming@hamptonsfilmfest.org.

Jury Award Eligibility (Please read carefully):
-Awarded to one film in each category: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, and Documentary Short.
-Preference given to emerging filmmakers.
-Preference will be given to films that have at least a NY State Premiere.
-Preference will be given to films that have not shown in more than a total of five US festivals prior to the HIFF dates and that have not announced US distribution.