23rd Annual

Hamptons International Film Festival

October 08, 2015 to October 12, 2015


Documentary Feature


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
April 6, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Regular Deadline
May 4, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
Late Deadline
June 1, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00
WAB Extended Deadline
June 15, 2015
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, 2015

Features: minimum 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2014

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
Film Gauge

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

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 $60,000.
Sponsor:Hamptons International Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 3,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 60,000 U.S. Dollar

The Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict & Resolution
For the past fifteen years, the Films of Conflict & Resolution program 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 program 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 THE SQUARE (Oscar nominee); WAR WITCH (Oscar nominee); THE FOG OF WAR (Oscar winner); NOWHERE IN AFRICA (Oscar Winner, US Premiere); NO MAN’S LAND (Oscar winner); RABBIT A LA BERLIN (Oscar nominee), E-TEAM; BULLY, RISING FROM ASHES (World Premiere); CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE; CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH (US Premiere); SISTERS IN LAW; 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. This film will receive a $5,000 cash prize. There will be a special program 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 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.
Sponsor:Louis M. Rabinowitz Foundation
Cash Award Value: 1,500 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 presented to a film in the Festival raising public awareness about contemporary social issues, including the moral and ethical treatment and the rights of animals, as well as environmental protection. This year's Festival will feature a new section highlighting these issues named Animal Rights: The Social Justice Issue of our Time. The winning selection will hopefully inspire compassion and positive change. The award is bestowed on behalf of Zelda Penzel, a long time educator and a volunteer at HIFF since its inception.
Cash Award Value: 2,500 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, 2014
-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
-The Hamptons 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 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.
- HDCam and DCP are the preferred exhibition format for the festival.
- For programming consideration, the festival will also consider Vimeo links for the complete film. Please email your Vimeo link to Programming@hamptonsfilmfest.org once your submission is complete

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.