16th 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.


The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Screenwriters Lab, going into its 16th year, is an intimate gathering that takes place each Spring in East Hampton, New York (April 8- 10, 2016). 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. A number of recent projects in the Lab have gone on to be produced and distributed and to screen at festivals around the world such as Sundance, South by Southwest, Karlovy Vary, Locarno and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Selected highlights include Short Term 12 with Brie Larson and John Gallagher, which won the Grand Jury and Audience Award at SXSW, The Discoverers starring Griffin Dunne, Little Accidents featuring Elizabeth Banks and Chloe Sevigny, Fort Bliss starring Michelle Monaghan & Ron Livingston, and 2010 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night film Twelve starring Ellen Barkin and Emma Roberts.

Recent mentors at the lab include Alex Dinelaris (Birdman); Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), 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.).


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 24th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2016.


David Nugent (Artistic Director ); David Nugent (Artistic Director)


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

1) A feature-length screenplay.
2) The non-refundable application fee. Please make checks payable to The Hamptons International Film Festival.

You are strongly encouraged to include a cover letter with a brief synopsis (one or two sentences describing the plot of the screenplay). We invite you to submit your screenplay electronically. You may also send your screenplay to us as a hard copy via regular mail. You can do this instead of, or in addition to, sending an electronic copy of your script. If you choose to do so, please do not require a signature for its delivery.

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, or about any films that you have worked on. While such experience is not required to be considered for our Lab, we do value knowing about your background.


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.
4. This agreement constitutes approval that The Hamptons may present my screenplay at the 2016 Hamptons International Screenwriters' Lab.