27th Annual

Hamptons International Film Festival

October 10, 2019 to October 14, 2019


Narrative Short Film


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 45.00 40.00
Regular Deadline
April 16, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Late Deadline
May 14, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
WAB Extended Deadline
June 4, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 85.00 80.00

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

Category Details

Approximately September 13, 2019

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2018

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.

Narrative Short Competition Award
The Narrative Short film winner will take home a cash prize of $500 and qualify for Academy Award consideration. The 2018 Narrative Short Competition Award was presented to FENCE by Lendita Zeqiraj.
Sponsor:Hamptons International Film Festival
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

The Zicherman Family Foundation Award
Presented to an early-career screenwriter who has demonstrated singular vision and dedication to their craft. This award seeks to both celebrate their current work as well as encourage the development of future projects.
Sponsor:Zicherman Family Foundation
Cash Award Value: 10,000 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. 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 Short Film
Sponsor:Hamptons International Film Festival
This prize is shared with other categories.

Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant
The $3,000 Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant will be awarded to a film in the Views From Long Island section. This program supports the completion of high quality, original, director-driven, low-budget independent films from both emerging and established filmmakers who have completed 50% of principal photography within Suffolk County. The 2018 award was presented to Emily Anderson’s ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING.
Sponsor:Suffolk County Film Commission
Cash Award Value: 3,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

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.