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Hamptons International Film Festival

22 Annual October 09, 2014 to October 13, 2014

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47 Newtown Lane
East Hampton NY 11937
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Phone: 631-324-4600
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http://www.hamptonsfilmfest.org

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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 focus 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.

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 focus 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, Bart Freundlich, David Riker, Todd Rohal, Russell Harbaugh, Maria Maggenti, Geoffrey Fletcher, Matthew Galkin, Mitch McCabe, Patrick Stettner, 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
The Hamptons International Film Festival is committed to fostering independent cinema and filmmakers' careers at their early stages of development. Our Golden Starfish Awards, the festival's sole competition section, honors emerging filmmakers work in narrative features, documentary features and short films.

Featuring one of the most coveted jury prizes in the U.S., the Golden Starfish Awards are juried by a stellar gathering of industry professionals. The Narrative Feature category receives a package of essential goods and services to be used toward the making of his or her next feature film valued at over $145,000.

Films submitted in the narrative category will be considered for three festival sections: the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Competition (described above), and the World Cinema section, the heart of the festival, which has featured some of the best in contemporary cinema in the US and around the world, and our Spotlight section.
Recent highlights from our World Cinema category include: 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; and VOLCANO.
Recent highlights from our Golden Starfish Award category include: THE SELFISH GIANT; BLUE RUIN; MOTHER, I LOVE YOU; BULLHEAD; LORE; and THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD.
Recent highlights from our Spotlight section include: 12 YEARS A SLAVE; NEBRASKA; FREE RIDE; 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 Golden Starfish Awards, the festival's sole competition section, honors emerging filmmakers work in narrative features, documentary features and short films.
Featuring one of the most coveted jury prizes in the U.S., the Golden Starfish Awards are juried by a stellar gathering of industry professionals. The Documentary Feature winner takes home cash prize of $3,000 USD.
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. Three documentaries that premiered at HIFF last year were picked up for distribution following their premiere.
- Recent highlights from our World Cinema category include: 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 Golden Starfish Award category include: 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 Hamptons International Film Festival is committed to fostering independent cinema and filmmakers' careers at their early stages of development. Our Golden Starfish Awards, the festival's sole competition section, honors emerging filmmakers work in narrative features, documentary features and short films.

Short films
Featuring one of the most coveted jury prizes in the U.S., the Golden Starfish Awards are juried by a stellar gathering of industry professionals. 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 2 editions include the Oscar nominated films 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
HIFF has a proud history of exhibiting the work of filmmakers who make short documentaries. In recent years, a number of films have gone on to acclaim, and in many cases, Oscar recognition. Recent highlights include 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 cash prizes handed out totaling more than $45,000, HIFF continues to support many of 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 premiere 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. With cash prizes handed out totaling more than $45,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. 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 Gotham Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. Films in the 2013 festival received a record 32 Oscar nominations, including four Best Picture nominations. The Festival also screened films featuring eight of the Acting nominees as well as two of the Best Documentary nominees. 2013 was also the fourth year in a row that the Festival’s Audience Award winning film was nominated for Best Picture, with the 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 2013 edition include the following: THE NOTEBOOK (US Premiere, Sony Pictures Classics); THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN (World Premiere, Zeitgeist Film); A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY (World Premiere, Paladin); FREE RIDE (World Premiere, Phase 4 Films); EMPTYING THE SKIES (North American Premiere, Java Films); THE MAID’S ROOM (World Premiere, Paladin)

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.

Selected recent film highlights include:
*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)
*BURTON & TAYLOR (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
*LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
*TASTING MENU (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
*ANA ARABIA (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
*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)
* LORE (US 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)
* THE SAPPHIRES
* 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)
* VOLCANO
* 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 ) ; David Nugent (Artistic Director) ; David Nugent (Director of Programming) ; Ina Pira (Programming Coordinator )

GENERAL RULES
General Eligibility

These regulations apply to all sections:
-Films must have been completed after January 1, 2013
-HIFF will not consider previously submitted films
-Feature films may not have been released theatrically, appeared online or aired on television in the U.S. prior to the festival.
-Short Films may not have been released theatrically or on television in the U.S. prior to the festival. If the film has screened online, the filmmaker is required to include this information in the film's submission materials.
-Films may not have screened on the East End of Long Island prior to HIFF dates. If there are any questions regarding premiere status, please contact the Festival 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 tape or DVD must be clearly marked as a work- in- progress or rough cut. Only one version of the film may be considered, and replacement cuts are not accepted, so please keep this in mind when deciding when to submit.
- HDCam is the preferred exhibition format for the festival.
- HIFF will exhibit 35mm and DCP at the festival's discretion.



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 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival.