15th Annual

Hamptons International Film Festival - Screenwriters' Lab

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Screenwriters' Lab: Screenplay Submissions
We welcome scripts of all types and about all subject matter.
Screenwriters' Lab: Science & Technology Screenplays
Scripts submitted for the Science & Technology category should explore themes, issues or characters related to science, technology, mathematics, engineering, economics, or invention in a realistic manner.


The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Screenwriters' Lab, going into its 15th year, is an intimate gathering that takes place each Spring in East Hampton, New York (April 10- 12, 2015). The Lab develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers & creative producers with up-and-coming screenwriters (chosen by HIFF in collaboration with key industry contacts). The mentors advise in a one-on-one creative laboratory setting while additional events bring the participants together with board members, sponsors, the local artistic community, and other friends of the festival. With scripts from past writers produced year after year, the Lab continues to be an inspiring and safe place for artists to find and hone their creative vision.

Recent mentors at the lab include Oren Moverman (The Messenger); Michael Cunningham (The Hours, Evening); James Vanderbilt (Zodiac); Mark Heyman (Black Swan); Rob Siegel (The Wrestler); Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar, It's Kind of a Funny Story); Hawk Ostby (Children of Men); Billy Frolick (Madagascar); J.D. Zeik (Ronin); J. Robin Baitz (People I Know, The Substance of Fire); Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco); Ira Sachs (40 Shades of Blue, This Married Life); Andy Bienen (Boys Don't Cry); Jeff Sharp (Producer, You Can Count on Me, Evening); Lawrence Konner (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire); Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love); Sabrina Dhawan (Monsoon Wedding, Cosmopolitan); Gregory Widen (Highlander, Backdraft); Mark Christopher (54); Maggie Greenwald (Songcatcher, Ballad of Little Jo); Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby); Lawrence Lasker (Sneakers, War Games); Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes, National Treasure); and Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger, P.S.).

We seek a broad selection of screenplays addressing a wide subject matter. Additionally, in collaboration with The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's initiative in furthering the public understanding of science, we encourage writers to submit screenplays that explore science, technology, mathematics, invention, and engineering in fresh and innovative ways.


The Hamptons International Film Festival (the non-profit organization that presents the Screenwriters' Lab) was founded to celebrate the 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 will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. The 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place in October 2015.


David Nugent (Artistic Director)


Submission Process:
The following materials are required for your application:

1) A feature-length screenplay.
2) Cover letter with a brief synopsis (one or two sentences describing the plot of the screenplay).
3) The non-refundable application fee. Please make checks payable to The Hamptons International Film Festival.

We invite you to submit your screenplay either electronically or by mail, but sending in a hard copy of your screenplay via mail is requested and strongly advised to better facilitate the review of your screenplay.

We also strongly advise that you submit a brief writer CV or bio focusing on other screenplays you have written and whether they have been or will be produced.


1. I am authorized to submit this screenplay to the festival.
2. All information provided on application form is true, to the best of my knowledge.
3. If the screenplay is selected for the Festival's Screenwriters' Lab, I give permission for The Hamptons to use the work for promotional purposes in all media and on The Hamptons website.
5. This agreement constitutes approval that The Hamptons may present my screenplay at the 2012 Hamptons International Screenwriters' Lab.