9th Annual

Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival

December 01, 2016 to December 04, 2016

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106 Lumber Lane (Express only)
Bridgehampton NY 11932-0550
Phone: 631-237-8055
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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Documentary Feature
Documentary Feature film: minimum 41 minutes
Documentary Short
Under 40 minutes


HT2FF enters its 9th year of celebrating the documentary genre and the documentary filmmakers who bring their work to the screen. We continue to spotlight talented documentary filmmakers whose works deserve screen time, a second cut or ‘take 2’ as they say in the movie making business. Since 2008 HT2FF has screened hundreds of films and growing audiences of documentary film fans eagerly await our festival. In addition to our main 4-day festival we screen throughout the year selecting important documentary films partnered with stimulating panel discussions.

HT2FF supports documentary filmmakers with priority given to those from the North East to the eastern reaches of Long Island. We feature both first-time, upcoming and established filmmakers and provide high-quality showcases for their artistic vision. The popular Bay Street Theater & Arts Center in historic Sag Harbor village, NY provides an intimate environment for artists and writers. And it is an easy car, bus or train ride from NYC and airports.

The inviting and friendly atmosphere of this filmmakers' festival is conducive for connecting with other filmmakers and industry professionals. Visiting film artists and guests routinely comment on how the festival is professional, welcoming, well organized AND affordable.


HT2FF believes that docs rock. They can change minds and move the world in new directions. No doubt about it. Docs have come out of off-beat art theaters and come of age screening in mainstream theatrers, on television, broadcast and cable, online, on mobile phones, iPads, tablets and other digital platforms. HT2FF is a champion of documentary film and filmmakers who are drawn to stories, big and small, told with rich visual components captured live or relived with archival footage.

Each year HT2FF honors a documentary icon and celebrates them for pioneering work and contribution to the genre. Our distinguished "Lumiere" Career Achievement Award is presented to those giants on whose shoulders we stand. Over the years we have honored Richard Leacock, the pioneer in cinema verite; Susan Lacy, the creator and producer of the PBS/WNET "American Masters" series; the esteemed documentary team of D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus; Barbara Kopple and her 40-plus year career; Stanley Nelson for his important films on race in America. Each honoree is the centerpiece of a sold-out Gala event offering food, wine, guest tributes and a feature documentary screening.

HT2FF presents an annual "Filmmaker's Choice Award" to a documentary director/producer selected by prior festival filmmakers. In 2015 we saluted Liz Garbus and her Academy-award nominated documentary on Nina Simone. In 2014 Wendy Keys won the screening award for her award-winning documentary film "Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight." In 2013 Lana Jokel was selected for her lifetime achievement in creating documentaries about famous artists such as Robert Motherwell, Lee Krasner, Claes Oldenburg, Howard Kanovitz and Isamu Nogushi.

A continuing part of the film festival is an exciting "Young Voices" segment at which fine documentary films appropriate for middle and high school students are screened. HT2FF proudly collaborates with the School of Visual Arts SocDoc MFA program giving first-time filmmakers a special opportunity to see their work on the big screen. Many careers are launched at our festival.

HT2FF presents Audience Awards to both best documentary feature and best short that audiences select by secret ballot. Cash prizes are $500 and $250.

In 2015 HT2FF screened 30 films including feature length and short documentaries. The festival ran 4 days, 10 am to 10pm. Our mantra is 'all docs all day.' For 2016, the festival will run 4 days: December 1-2-3-4, 2016. Be part of it and submit today.


Jacqui Lofaro (Executive Director); Matt Hindra (Vice President)


. HT2FF does not accept works-in-progress
. Only work completed after January 2014 will be considered
. You must provide a properly completed submission.
. HT2FF does not have a formal premiere requirement but when making final decisions, programmers do take a film’s exposure into consideration and would give preference to a New York or East Coast premiere.
. HT2FF is not a themes competition. Jurors will consider quality, creativity and professionalism.

• The required exhibition formats and delivery date deadlines will be confirmed by the Festival after invitations have been extended and confirmed. Please check in with the Festival staff before creating your Festival exhibition copy or copies to ensure the format and technical specifications are correct.

RETURNS: We do not return DVD screeners. If you would like your exhibition DVD or digital file returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your submission materials.


RIGHTS & CLEARANCES: HT2FF expects all filmmakers to secure music and talent rights to their films for festival exhibition. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the projects to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question. HT2FF will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared copyrighted materials. HT2FF maintains the right to keep 2 DVDs for the Festival archives and subsequent outreach programs.

Guidelines of the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival. All statements you made in this document/form are true, and you certify that you have cleared all rights for this film and that no agents of the Festival can be held liable for the contents of or damage to the film.