11th Annual

Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival

November 29, 2018 to December 03, 2018

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Documentary Feature
Documentary Feature film: 41 minutes to 180 minutes
Documentary Short
Under 40 minutes


The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, now in its 11th year, offers a year ‘round program of outstanding documentary films. Our seasonal Spring & Fall screenings are sell-outs. Our annual 5-day festival of ‘all docs all day’ welcomes filmmakers and documentary film lovers to the historic village of Sag Harbor, New York for dozens of films, discussions, panels, awards and celebrations. In this intimate, walk-able setting festival-goers enjoy the local area’s many shops, restaurants, inns, museums, and parks in between films.

The festival attracts many of the giants in the world of documentary film who come to support emerging talent and to celebrate fellow directors and producers. The festival is electric with the latest in documentary filmmaking news and is positioned to be a must-stop on the festival circuit.

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.

HT2FF festival highlights include: Young Voices for students, the Spotlight Film, the Filmmaker’s Choice Award plus the Breakout Director Award for an emerging documentary director, the Human Rights Award, the Art & Inspiration Award and the Audience Award all come with cash prizes. The coveted "Lumiere" Career Achievement Award is presented at our Gala event.

Our annual Gala continues to honor and celebrate visionaries in the world of documentary. As filmmakers, we stand on the shoulders of their pioneering breakthroughs. Over the years we have recognized Richard Leacock who created the sound-sync camera and cinema verite; Susan Lacy who enlivened artists with the art of documentary biography; D A Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus who continue to bring audiences an intimate world behind the scenes; Barbara Kopple whose 40-year career of documentary filmmaking reminds us to be courageous, bold, honest; Stanley Nelson for his tireless films confronting race in America; Alex Gibney, a director of gripping and deeply insightful films; Liz Garbus, the acclaimed and prolific director known for complex portraits and social justice films.

The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, founded by filmmakers, champions and celebrates the rich, diverse and challenging world of documentary film. Our aim is to bring the work of talented documentary filmmakers to new audiences. We recognize and honor film and filmmakers who deserve a closer look. HT2F brings audiences unique stories on film, some long, others short and some you’ll never see anywhere but at our festival. We hope our films find a place in your busy life. This is the experience we want to share.

HT2FF promotes the festival’s mission throughout the year by partnering with organizations and schools.
°HT2FF hosts important documentary film programs throughout the year coupled with keynote speakers and panel discussions.
°HT2FF partners with the local library system’s film programs and offers official filmmaker-aproved festival films for free community screenings.
-HT2FF's FilmArts+Forum program is an extensive outreach project that re-screens festival films at libraries, art museums and centers, and communbity organizations
°HT2FF brings the ‘art of the documentary’ workshops into area high schools using friendly teaching by filmmakers.
°HT2FF features a “Young Voices” festival program to cultivate young filmmaking talent, spotlight their films and award prizes.

The Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival receives extensive local, county and state print coverage in The New York Times, Newsday, Southampton Press, East Hampton Press, Sag Harbor Express, East Hampton Star, the Independent, Dan’s Papers; in magazines- Networking Magazine, Fairweather, L.I. Pulse, Hamptons Magazine; and extensive online coverage on Hamptons.com, 27 East.com, Dans Papers.com, Patch.com, Hamptons ArtHub.com, DKHamptons.com, NY Social Diary and others. Radio interview and television shows air several weeks in advance of the festival. A robust television campaign with festival spots runs on prime channels prior and upto the festival.
We promote on Facebook, with regular E-newsletters and thru our website www.ht2ff.com.

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 presents an annual "Filmmaker's Choice Award" to a documentary director/producer selected by prior festival filmmakers. In 2017 Helen Whitney was honored for her 45 years of award-winning films that reflect her passionate personal interest in the religious journey. In 2016 Catherine Tambini took home the prize for her extensive filmmaking career including "Farmingville" and the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Suzanne Farrell: Eluisve Muse." 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. A feature segment of Young Voices is the dynamic , hands-on workshop taught by film educator Megan Keifer.

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.

In 2017 HT2FF screened 30 films including feature length and short documentaries. The festival ran 5 days, 10 am to 10pm, with the addition of the Douglas Elliman Community Day of free films. Our mantra is 'all docs all day.' For 2018, the festival will run 5 days: November 29 to December 1-2-3. Be part of it and submit today.
Awards & Prizes

HT2FF presents several cash-awards in various categories: the Audience Award to the best documentary feature receiving the most audience ballots; the new Breakout Director Award to a documentary film Director whose voice and vision are original and exceptional. The award is in recognition of artistic merit for a feature-length film, selected by a distinguished jury; the new Human Rights Award that goes to a film that celebrates courage in the face of social injustice; the new Art & Inspiration award that goes to a film that embraces the vibrancy and experimentation of an artist. Cash prizes range from $500 and $1000.
Rules & Terms

HT2FF is not a themes competition. Jurors will consider quality, creativity and professionalism.


Jacqui Lofaro (Executive Director)


. HT2FF does not accept works-in-progress
. Only work completed after January 2016 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.

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.