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Hamptons International Film Festival

23 Annual October 08, 2015 to October 12, 2015

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47 Newtown Lane
East Hampton NY 11937
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Phone: 631-324-4600
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Student Film Awards
The Hamptons International Film Festival is committed to encouraging new filmmakers who express an independent vision by providing financial grants and screening all award winning films. We encourage student filmmakers from all over the world to enter. This competition focuses primarily on films made by college and graduate school film students. Recent graduates may also submit thesis films or films made while in school, however, submissions must meet all of our general guidelines, including our guideline for production year.

Previous winners include James Ponsoldt (THE SPECTACULAR NOW), Bart Freundlich (THE MYTH OF THE FINGERPRINTS, CALIFORNICATION), David Riker, Todd Rohal, Russell Harbaugh, Maria Maggenti, Geoffrey Fletcher (PRECIOUS), Matthew Galkin, Mitch McCabe, Patrick Stettner (THE NIGHT LISTENER), Greg Pak, Ari Gold and Andrew Mudge.

PLEASE NOTE: Student Film Award submissions must be accompanied by a copy of the filmmakers Student ID. Also, you must note whether you are an undergrad or graduate student.


Narrative Feature
Featuring one of the most coveted awards in the U.S., our Narrative and Documentary Competition Awards are selected by a prestigious group of industry professionals. The Narrative Feature Jury Prize winner receives a package of essential goods and services valued at over $85,000 to be used toward the making of his or her next feature film and a cash prize of $3,000.

Films submitted in the narrative category will be considered for four festival sections: the Narrative Feature Competition (described above), the Spotlight section, the Conflict & Resolution section and the World Cinema section which has featured some of the best in contemporary cinema in the US and around the world.

Recent highlights from our World Cinema category include: WHIPLASH; MR. TURNER; FORCE MAJEURE; KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER; COMING HOME; BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR; BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN; LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON; JIMMY P; IN BLOOM; THE SAPPHIRES; KON TIKI, WAR WITCH; STARLET; A ROYAL AFFAIR; LE HAVRE; THE KID WITH A BIKE; SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE WRESTLER, and VOLCANO.
Recent highlights from our Golden Starfish Award category include: THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY; GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM; LITTLE ACCIDENTS; THE SELFISH GIANT; BLUE RUIN; BULLHEAD; and THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD.
Recent highlights from our Spotlight section include: THE IMITATION GAME; BIRDMAN; WILD; FOXCATCHER; STILL ALICE; SONG ONE; NIGHTCRAWLER; CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA; 12 YEARS A SLAVE; NEBRASKA; HER; THE PAST; LABOR DAY; CAPITAL; LOUDER THAN WORDS; RUST AND BONE; SMASHED; THE SESSIONS; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; ARGO; THE ARTIST; THE DESCENDANTS; BLACK SWAN; THE KING’S SPEECH; MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE; and MELANCHOLIA.
Documentary Feature
The Hamptons International Film Festival is committed to fostering independent cinema and filmmakers' careers at their early stages of development. Our Competition sections honor emerging filmmakers work in narrative features, documentary features and short films.

Featuring one of the most coveted awards in the U.S., our Narrative and Documentary Competition Awards are selected by a prestigious group of industry professionals. The Documentary Feature Jury Prize winner receives a package of essential goods and services valued at over $85,000 to be used toward the making of his or her next feature film and a cash prize of $3,000.

Films submitted in the documentary category will also be considered for the festival's World Cinema section, the heart of the festival, which features some of the best new work in international and American documentary. Additionally, films will be considered for the the Festival's signature Conflict & Resolution category, as well as the inaugural Animal Rights: The Social Justice Issue of our Time section.

Films are routinely picked up for distribution following their HIFF screenings. IRIS was picked up by Magnolia Pictures and MEET THE PATELS was picked up by Alchemy following their screenings at the Festival last year.

- Recent highlights from our World Cinema category include: THE SALT OF THE EARTH (Academy Award Nominee); BANKSY DOES NEW YORK (World Premiere, HBO); MY ITALIAN SECRET: THE FORGOTTEN HEROES (World Premiere); STRAY DOG; IRIS; THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN (World Premiere); THE ARMSTRONG LIE (US Premiere); MARVIN HAMLISCH: THE WAY HE WAS (World Premiere); TIM’S VERMEER; GERALDINE FERRARO: PAVING THE WAY (World Premiere); UNDEFEATED (Oscar winner, East Coast Premiere); PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY; JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI; THE BULLY PROJECT; MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD; VENUS AND SERENA; KOCH (World Premiere); NO PLACE ON EARTH (US Premiere); 56 UP; and CRAZY HORSE.
- Recent highlights from our Competition category include: THE GREAT INVISIBLE; THIS IS MY LAND (US Premiere); CODE BLACK; BEFORE THE REVOLUTION; DESERT RUNNERS; MY REINCARNATION; RISING FROM ASHES; JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET; COLOMBIANOS
- Recent highlights from our Spotlight section include: PINA 3D; LOVE, MARILYN
Narrative Short Film
The Narrative Short film winner will take home a cash prize of $500 and qualify for Academy Award consideration. HIFF is proud of the many short film winners from past festivals that have gone onto successful careers and that have won Oscars. Recent shorts from the last few editions include the Oscar winnings films FEAST and THE PHONE CALL as well as the Oscar nominated films THE BIGGER PICTURE; BUTTER LAMP; GET A HORSE; PAPERMAN; ASAD; and HEAD OVER HEALS.

In addition to the shorts competition, the festival has more than 5 non-competitive programs for the exhibition of short films.
Documentary Short Film
The Hamptons International Film Festival is committed to fostering independent cinema and filmmakers' careers at their early stages of development. Our competition sections honor emerging filmmakers work in narrative features, documentary features and short films.

Featuring one of the most coveted awards in the U.S., our Jury Awards are selected by a prestigious group of industry professionals. Recent highlights include ABANDONED GOODS, THE QUEEN, and Oscar nominees OPEN HEART, RABBIT ALA BERLIN, THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM (US Premiere), KINGS POINT and MONDAYS AT RACINE.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent film - long, short, fiction and documentary - and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. With prizes of cash & in kind goods and services prizes valued at more than $165,000, HIFF continues to support the artists that create some of the best films each year.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Hamptons International Film Festival takes place annually in October, with a number of additional events held year round in New York City and the Hamptons. The Festival is the premier film event on New York State's east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year's best offerings in contemporary cinema. Festival selections continue to play an important role during awards season, with a significant number of titles highlighted every year at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, as well as the Independent Spirit Awards and Gotham Awards. Films in the 2014 festival received 11 Oscar wins and a record 44 nominations, including three Best Picture nominations. The Festival has also screened 6 of the last 7 eventual Best Picture Oscar winners, while no other Festival on the East Coast has done so more than 3 times in that time period. Additionally, the Festival screened 3 of the Oscar nominated Documentaries, and 2 of the 3 Oscar winning short films.

Our most recent edition also screened films that received at least 3 nominations in each of the major categories (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor) as well as three of the Best Documentary nominees. 2014 was also the fifth year in a row that the Festival’s Audience Award winning film was nominated for Best Picture, with two such films (THE ARTIST and THE KINGS SPEECH) eventually taking home the honors.

Films are routinely picked up for distribution out of HIFF, and selected highlights of such films from our 2014 edition include the following: IRIS (Magnolia Pictures); TIME OUT OF MIND (IFC); LIKE SUNDAY, LIKE RAIN (Monterey Media); MEET THE PATELS (Alchemy); RUNOFF (Monterey Media).

The Festival hosts multiple competitions focused specifically on early-career filmmakers, in the hopes of bolstering their work at an important juncture and helping develop a discussion around their films, both within the film community and beyond. The festival also features two long-standing signature programs: Views From Long Island and Conflict & Resolution. In addition, the festival’s inaugural Animal and Environmental rights program will feature a small selection of films about these issues.

Selected recent film highlights include:
*BIRDMAN (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography)
*WHIPLASH (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture)
*THE IMITATION GAME (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Adapted Screenplay, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Production Design)
*STILL ALICE (US PREMIERE, ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Actress, GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Actress)
*MR. TURNER (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score)
*WILD (EAST COAST PREMIERE, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress)
*VIRUNGA - (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*FORCE MAJEURE (GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film)
*NIGHTCRAWLER (EAST COAST PREMIERE, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Original Screenplay, GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Actor)
*TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress)
*GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER (NEW YORK PREMIERE)
*12 YEARS A SLAVE (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER – Best Picture, Drama)
* HER (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Picture, Best Screenplay)
*NEBRASKA (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay)
*PHILOMENA (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Score)
*THE SQUARE (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Documentary)
*AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress)
*KILL YOUR DARLINGS
*20 FEET FROM STARDOM (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Documentary)
*THE PAST (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*THE SELFISH GIANT (US PREMIERE)
*BLUE RUIN (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Foreign Language Film)
*BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (PALME D’OR WINNER)
*MARVIN HAMLISCH: THE WAY HE WAS (WORLD PREMIERE)
*LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
*AMOUR (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Foreign Film)
*SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress..)
*ARGO (EAST COAST PREMIERE; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Picture, Best Director; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor)
*A ROYAL AFFAIR (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: Best Foreign Film)
*WAR WITCH (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: Best Foreign Film)
*KON TIKI (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: Best Foreign Film)
*THE SESSIONS (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Supporting Actress)
*RUST AND BONE
* KOCH (WORLD PREMIERE)
* UNDEFEATED (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Documentary)
* FRANKENWEENIE
* SMASHED (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
* CLOUD ATLAS
* MARTHA, MARCY, MAY, MARLENE
* A ROYAL AFFAIR (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: Best Foreign Film)
* MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
* 56 UP (US PREMIERE)
* VENUS AND SERENA (US PREMIERE)
* RISING FROM ASHES (WORLD PREMIERE)
* THE DISCOVERERS (WORLD PREMIERE)
* TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM (US PREMIERE: ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: Best Documentary Short)
* THE CURSE (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: Best Live Action Short)
* BULLHEAD (EAST COAST PREMIERE: ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: Best Foreign Film)
* THE ARTIST (GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Comedy)
* THE DESCENDANTS (GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Drama)
* MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER - Best Actress)
* PINA: 3D
* MELANCHOLIA
* THE FAIRY (La Fée) (US PREMIERE)
* PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE: Best Documentary)
* THE KINGS SPEECH (EAST COAST PREMIERE, ACADEMY AWARD, GOLDEN GLOBE for Best Picture, & INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER)
* BLACK SWAN (EAST COAST PREMIERE, ACADEMY AWARD & INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD MULTI CATEGORY WINNER)
* BLUE VALENTINE (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
* 127 HOURS (EAST COAST PREMIERE, INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER Best Actor)
* THE SHORE (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Live Action Short)
* CLIENT 9: THE RISE & FALL OF ELLIOT SPITZER
* UP IN THE AIR (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE MULTI CATEGORY)
* TINY FURNITURE (INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER, Best First Screenplay)
* THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (N. AMERICAN PREMIERE)
* THE MESSENGER (INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER, Best Supporting Actor)
* THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR PARNASSUS (US PREMIERE)
* THE YOUNG VICTORIA (US PREMIERE)
* SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (EAST COAST PREMIERE, ACADEMY AWARD & GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER, Best Picture)
* THE WRESTLER (INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER, BEST PICTURE)
* SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK (US PREMIERE)
* THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
* SIX SHOOTER (US PREMIERE, ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM)
* NOWHERE IN AFRICA (US PREMIERE, ACADEMY AWARD WINNER, Best Foreign Film)
* THE FOUNTAIN (US PREMIERE)
* SWEET LAND (WORLD PREMIERE)
* OPEN WATER (WORLD PREMIERE)

ORGANIZERS
Anne Chaisson (Executive Director) ; David Nugent (Artistic Director) ; Ina Pira (Programmer & Program Manager)

GENERAL 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 & DCP are the preferred exhibition format for the festival.
- A secure Vimeo link is the preferred submission method for all films.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). Please include your Vimeo link at the top of the cover letter section of your Withoutabox submission. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us at programming@hamptonsfilmfest.org.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Agreement 1. I am authorized to submit this film to the festival. 2. All information provided on application form is true, to the best of my knowledge. 3. If the film is selected for the Festival, I give permission for HIFF to use images, sounds and excerpts from the work for promotional purposes in all media and on the festival's website. 4. I hold the Hamptons International Film Festival harmless from damage or loss of the print en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession of the film. 5. This agreement constitutes approval that The Hamptons may present the film at the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival.