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The Hamptons International Film Festival is committed to encouraging new filmmakers who express an independent vision by providing financial grants an... More
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 focuses 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 (THE CIRCLE, THE END OF THE TOUR, THE SPECTACULAR NOW); Bart Freundlich (THE MYTH OF THE FINGERPRINTS, CALIFORNICATION); David Riker; Todd Rohal; Russell Harbaugh; Maria Maggenti (BEFORE I FALL); Geoffrey Fletcher (PRECIOUS); Yann Demange (‘71); Matthew Galkin; Mitch McCabe; Patrick Stettner (THE NIGHT LISTENER); Greg Pak; Ari Gold and Andrew Mudge. PLEASE NOTE: Student Film Award submissions must be accompanied by an emailed photo of the filmmakers valid Student ID. Also, you must note whether you are an undergrad or graduate student. Less

Featuring one of the most coveted awards in the U.S., our Narrative Competition Award is aimed at emerging filmmakers and is selected by a prestigious... More
Featuring one of the most coveted awards in the U.S., our Narrative Competition Award is aimed at emerging filmmakers and is selected by a prestigious group of artists and industry professionals. The Narrative Feature Jury Prize winner receives a package of essential goods and services valued at over $130,000 to be used toward the making of his or her next feature film and a cash prize of $3,000. Films submitted in the narrative category will be considered for five festival sections: the Narrative Feature Competition (described above), the Spotlight section, the Films of Conflict & Resolution section, the Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights section, Air, Land & Sea section, and the World Cinema section, which has featured some of the best in contemporary cinema in the US and around the world. Many films over the years have made their world premieres at HIFF and been picked up for distribution shortly after their screenings. Recent highlights include THE PREPPIE CONNECTION (IFC); WILDLIKE (Killer Films) FREE RIDE (Phase 4 Films); LOUDER THAN WORDS (ARC Entertainment); REFUGE (Strand Releasing); SPARROW’S DANCE (Tribeca Film). Recent highlights from our World Cinema category include: THE FLORIDA PROJECT (Academy Award Nominee); THE SQUARE (Academy Award Nominee); A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Academy Award Winner); LOVELESS (Academy Award Nominee); A CIAMBRA; HAPPY END; TONI ERDMANN (Academy Award Nominee); PATERSON; THE HANDMAIDEN; BLUE JAY; LOVESONG; THE SALESMAN (Academy Award Winner); HALAL LOVE (AND SEX); UNDER THE SHADOW; DONALD CRIED; ROOM (Academy Award Winner); SON OF SAUL (Academy Award Winner); 45 YEARS (Academy Award Nominee); KRISHA; TIKKUN; DHEEPAN; JAMES WHITE; THE CLUB; THE PREPPIE CONNECTION; WHIPLASH (Academy Award Winner); FORCE MAJEURE; KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER; BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR; BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN (Academy Award Nominee); WAR WITCH (Academy Award Nominee); STARLET; A ROYAL AFFAIR (Academy Award Nominee); LE HAVRE; THE KID WITH A BIKE; SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Academy Award Winner); and THE WRESTLER (Academy Award Nominee). Recent highlights from our Narrative Competition section include: UNDER THE TREE; SUMMER 1993; THOROUGHBREDS; DIVINES; GLORY; EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Academy Award Nominee); RAMS; THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY; GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM; LITTLE ACCIDENTS; THE SELFISH GIANT; BLUE RUIN; BULLHEAD (Academy Award Nominee), and THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD. Recent highlights from our Spotlight section include: THE SHAPE OF WATER (Academy Award Winner); THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (Academy Award Winner); DARKEST HOUR (Academy Award Winner); CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (Academy Award Winner); I, TONYA (Academy Award Winner); IN THE FADE (Golden Globe Winner); MOONLIGHT (Academy Award Winner); LA LA LAND (Academy Award Winner); LOVING (Academy Award Nominee); MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Academy Award Winner); 20TH CENTURY WOMEN (Academy Award Nominee); LION (Academy Award Nominee); UNA; JULIETA; CHRISTINE; SPOTLIGHT (Academy Award Winner); CAROL (Academy Award Nominee); ANOMALISA (Academy Award Nominee); BROOKLYN (Academy Award Nominee); MEADOWLAND; MACBETH; THE IMITATION GAME (Academy Award Nominee); BIRDMAN (Academy Award Winner); WILD (Academy Award Nominee); FOXCATCHER (Academy Award Nominee); STILL ALICE (Academy Award Winner); TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (Academy Award Nominee) NIGHTCRAWLER (Academy Award Nominee); CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA; 12 YEARS A SLAVE (Academy Award Winner); NEBRASKA (Academy Award Nominee); HER (Academy Award Nominee); THE PAST; LOUDER THAN WORDS; RUST AND BONE; SMASHED; THE SESSIONS (Academy Award Nominee); SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (Academy Award Winner); ARGO (Academy Award Winner); THE ARTIST (Academy Award Winner); THE DESCENDANTS (Academy Award Winner); BLACK SWAN (Academy Award Winner); THE KING’S SPEECH (Academy Award Winner); MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and MELANCHOLIA. Less

Featuring one of the most coveted awards in the U.S., our Documentary Competition Award is aimed at emerging filmmakers and is selected by a prestigio... More
Featuring one of the most coveted awards in the U.S., our Documentary Competition Award is aimed at emerging filmmakers and is selected by a prestigious group of artists and industry professionals. The Documentary Feature Jury Prize winner receives a package of essential goods and services valued at over $30,000 to be used toward the making of his or her next feature film and a cash prize of $3,000. Films submitted in the documentary category will be considered for five festival sections: the Documentary Feature Competition (described above), the Spotlight section, the Films of Conflict & Resolution section, the Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights section, Air, Land & Sea section, and the World Cinema section, which has featured some of the best in contemporary cinema in the US and around the world. The festival has presented a documentary film as its Opening Night Film selection several times in the past decade. Many films over the years have made their world premieres at HIFF and been picked up for distribution shortly after their screenings. Recent highlights include ITZHAK (Greenwich Entertainment); KILLER BEES (Gravitas Ventures); SUPERGIRL (FilmRise); SCORE (Gravitas Ventures); THE C WORD (Abramorama); HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST (Magnolia Pictures); THE CHAMPIONS (FilmRise); THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN (Zeitgeist Films); RISING FROM ASHES (First Run Features); STEVIE NICKS: IN YOUR DREAMS (Abramorama). - Recent highlights from our World Cinema category include: ICARUS (Academy Award Winner); STRONG ISLAND (Academy Award Nominee); ONE OF US (US Premiere); THE WORK; LOVE, CECIL (East Coast Premiere); I AM EVIDENCE; MARATHON: THE PATRIOTS DAY BOMBING (World Premiere); SUPERGIRL (World Premiere); INTO THE INFERNO; GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM; SOUR GRAPES; IN TRANSIT; THE C WORD (World Premiere); BEST OF ENEMIES; HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST (World Premiere); THE SALT OF THE EARTH (Academy Award Nominee); STRAY DOG; IRIS; THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN (World Premiere); THE ARMSTRONG LIE (US Premiere); TIM’S VERMEER; GERALDINE FERRARO: PAVING THE WAY (World Premiere); UNDEFEATED (Academy Award 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); 56 UP and CRAZY HORSE. - Recent highlights from our Documentary Competition section include: LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE; 11/8/16 (World Premiere); THE EAGLE HUNTRESS; TOWER; FRAUD; CHUCK NORRIS VS. COMMUNISM; THE GREAT INVISIBLE; CODE BLACK and MY REINCARNATION - Recent highlights from our Spotlight section include: ITZHAK (World Premiere, Opening Night Film 2017); WHERE TO INVADE NEXT; PINA 3D and LOVE, MARILYN Less

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 films... More
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 films from past festivals that have gone onto successful careers. Recent highlights from the last few editions include DEKALB ELEMENTARY (NY Premiere, Academy Award Nominee); NEGATIVE SPACE (East Coast Premiere, Academy Award Nominee); TIMECODE (US Premiere, Academy Award Nominee); BLIND VAYSHA (New York Premiere, Academy Award Nominee); AVE MARIA (East Coast Premiere, Academy Award Nominee); SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM (Academy Award Nominee); FEAST (North American Premiere, Academy Award Winner); THE PHONE CALL (Academy Award Winner); THE BIGGER PICTURE (North American Premiere, Academy Award Nominee); BUTTER LAMP (Academy Award Nominee); GET A HORSE (East Coast Premiere, Academy Award nominee); PAPERMAN (Academy Award Nominee); ASAD (Academy Award Nominee) and HEAD OVER HEALS (US Premiere, Academy Award Nominee). In addition to the shorts competition, the festival has more than 5 non-competitive programs for the exhibition of short films. Less

The Documentary Short film winner will take home a cash prize of $500 and qualify for Academy Award consideration. HIFF is proud of the many short fil... More
The Documentary Short film winner will take home a cash prize of $500 and qualify for Academy Award consideration. HIFF is proud of the many short films from past festivals that have gone onto successful careers. Recent highlights include EDITH+EDDIE (NY Premiere, Academy Award Nominee); TEN METER TOWER; LONG SHOT; 116 CAMERAS; JOE’S VIOLIN (Academy Award Nominee); THE WHITE HELMETS (Academy Award Winner); LAST DAY OF FREEDOM (NY Premiere, Academy Award Nominee); CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH (East Coast Premiere, Academy Award Nominee); BODY TEAM 12 (Academy Award Nominee), ABANDONED GOODS (North American Premiere); THE QUEEN (East Coast Premiere); OPEN HEART (World Premiere, Academy Award Nominee); RABBIT A LA BERLIN (Academy Award Nominee); THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM (US Premiere, Academy Award Nominee); KINGS POINT (Academy Award Nominee) and MONDAYS AT RACINE (Academy Award Nominee). In addition to the shorts competition, the festival has more than 5 non-competitive programs for the exhibition of short films. Less


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