27th Annual

Hamptons International Film Festival

October 10, 2019 to October 14, 2019

 
Category

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 12, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Regular Deadline
April 16, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
Late Deadline
May 14, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00
WAB Extended Deadline
June 4, 2019
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

NOTIFICATION DATE
Approximately September 13, 2019

RUNTIME
Features: minimum 40 minutes

COMPLETION DATE
Projects completed after January 1, 2018

PLACE OF ORIGIN
Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

PREMIERE STATUS
No premiere requirement

DISTRIBUTION STATUS
Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

SUBMISSION COPY FORMATS
Online
  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  Other - Digital

SUBMISSION COPY LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English

EXHIBITION FORMATS
Digital VideoNTSCPALSECAM
DCP  
Media Files
  Other - Digital
  DCP

EXHIBITION LANGUAGES
Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List
English


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 $25,000.
Sponsor:Hamptons International Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 3,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 25,000 U.S. Dollar

The Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict & Resolution
For the past eighteen 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. We have shown many films in this section that have gone on to significant acclaim, including OF FATHERS AND SONS (Academy Award nominee); 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, 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. The 2018 award was presented to AND BREATHE NORMALLY by Ísold Uggadóttir.
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, and the 2018 award was presented to THE CAT RESCUERS by Rob Fruchtman & Steven Lawrence.
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 2018 award was presented to the Academy Award shortlisted THE SILENCE OF OTHERS by Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar.
Sponsor:Louis M. Rabinowitz Foundation
Cash Award Value: 2,000 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, 2018.
-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 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 13 (our notification date). 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.