The Hamptons International Film Festival takes place annually in October, with a number of additional events held year round in New York City and the Hamptons. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World as well as one of 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, HIFF is the premier film event on New York State's east end, and an intimate showcase of some of the year's best offerings in contemporary cinema. Recently referred to as "Telluride East" by Variety, the publication cited HIFF as "one of America's most glamorous displays of the best in cutting-edge cinema." Festival selections continue to play an important role during awards season, with a significant number of titles highlighted every year at the Academy Awards. Films in the 2018 festival received 44 Academy Award nominations, including 3 of the Best Picture nominations. In an unprecedented sweep, HIFF screened all 5 nominees in the Foreign Language category, including the US Premieres of CAPERNAUM and NEVER LOOK AWAY. The Festival has also screened the eventual Best Picture Academy Award winner 9 years in a row, while no other Festival on the East Coast has done so more than 4 times in that time period. In a recent article about HIFF, Variety noted "The Festival has grown a reputation for being able to read the Academy voting tea leaves and routinely promotes Oscar race front-runners, but has also become the place to see emerging talent before they become marquee names." Overall, films in the last 12 editions have received 413 total Oscar nominations.

Many films over the years have made their world premieres at HIFF and been picked up for distribution shortly after their screenings. The best known of these is OPEN WATER which was bought by Lionsgate and went on to gross $40 million worldwide. Other recent highlights of films picked up for distribution following their world premieres at HIFF include LARGER THAN LIFE: THE KEVYN AUCOIN STORY (THE ORCHARD); ITZHAK (Greenwich Entertainment); KILLER BEES (Gravitas Ventures); SCORE (Gravitas Ventures); HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST (Magnolia Pictures); THE CHAMPIONS (FilmRise); THE C WORD (Abramorama); THE PREPPIE CONNECTION (IFC); THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN (Zeitgeist Films); REFUGE (Strand Releasing); STEVIE NICKS: IN YOUR DREAMS (Abramorama).

The Festival hosts multiple competitions focused specifically on early-career filmmakers, in the hopes of bolstering their work at an important juncture and helping develop a discussion around their films, both within the film community and beyond. The festival also features four signature programs: Films of Conflict & Resolution; Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights; Air, Land & Sea; and Views From Long Island.

Guests & attendees of the last few Festivals included Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, Joel & Ethan Coen, Edward Norton, Laura Dern, Julie Andrews, Brie Larson, Jordan Peele, Frances McDormand, Richard Gere, Timothée Chalamet, Mike Nichols, Annette Bening, Margot Robbie, Charlie Kaufman, Todd Haynes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter, Aaron Eckhart, Olivia Wilde, Sir Ben Kingsley, Adam Driver, Mahershala Ali, Rosamund Pike, Alan Alda, Sam Rockwell, Tom McCarthy, Madonna, Julianne Moore, Sir Patrick Stewart, Riz Ahmed, Amandla Stenberg, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Daveed Diggs, Bill Murray, Kumail Nanjiani, Melissa Leo, Mark Ruffalo, Rob Reiner, Damien Chazelle, Sienna Miller, Domhnall Gleeson, Dan Rather, Michael Moore, Jamie Bell, Bruce Dern, Amy Ryan, Jamie Dornan, Darren Aronofsky, Alec Baldwin, Andy Serkis, Susan Sarandon, Spike Jonze, Matthew Broderick, Joe Wright, Rupert Everett, Tye Sheridan, Calvin Klein, Lakeith Stanfield, Nadine Labaki, Jennifer Garner, Renee Zellweger, Anthony Bourdain, Emilio Estevez; Daniel Kaluuya, Ralph Lauren, Hilary Swank, Jason Blum, Paul Giamatti, Richard Jenkins, Peter Hedges, Paul Dano, Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Sandy Powell, Alan Cumming, Mariska Hargitay, Alex Gibney, Sally Hawkins, Michael Barker, Hong Chau, Hope Davis, Cory Michael Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Freida Pinto, Kayli Carter, James Schamus, Sting, Tom Hooper, Elle Fanning, James Lipton, Alexander Skarsgard, Patricia Clarkson, Isabella Rossellini, Julian Schnabel, Stanley Tucci, David Duchovny, Alessandro Nivola, Malin Akerman, Chevy Chase, Neil Labute, Edie Falco, Shailene Woodley, Jane Goodall, Davis Guggenheim, Candice Bergen, Steve Buscemi, Marcia Gay Harden, Rufus Wainwright, Harry Belafonte, Wim Wenders, Doug Liman, Matthew Modine, Mark & Jay Duplass, Ezra Miller, Dick Cavett, James Cromwell, Bill Pullman, Costa-Gavras, Christie Brinkley, Christine Vachon, Dane DeHaan, Billy Joel, Joel Schumacher, Jeff Zucker, Al Maysles, Richard LaGravenese, Oren Moverman, Lola Kirke, Lucy Walker, and Amagansett resident Carter Burwell.

The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent film 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 enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. With prizes of cash & in kind goods and services prizes valued at more than $165,000, HIFF continues to support the artists that create some of the best films each year.

Selected recent film highlights include:
*ROMA (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design)
*THE FAVOURITE (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Actress; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design)
*GREEN BOOK (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actor, Best Film Editing)
*CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay)
*COLD WAR (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE; Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film)
*FIRST MAN (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Visual Effects; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design)
*NEVER LOOK AWAY (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film)
*SHOPLIFTERS (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film)
*CAPERNAUM (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film)
*OF FATHERS AND SONS (NEW YORK PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*BORDER; (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Makeup and Hair)
*BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY (WGA WINNER - Best Documentary Screenplay)
*THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*WIDOWS
*MONROVIA, INDIANA
*THE SHAPE OF WATER (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Original Score; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Costume Design)
*THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score)
*DARKEST HOUR (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Actor, Best Makeup and Hair; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design)
*CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Adapted Screenplay; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Song)
*GET OUT (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Original Screenplay; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor)
*I, TONYA (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Supporting Actress; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress, Best Film Editing)
*A FANTASTIC WOMAN (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Foreign Language Film)
*ICARUS (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Documentary)
*THE FLORIDA PROJECT (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Supporting Actor)
*LOVELESS (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film)
*THE SQUARE (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film)
*STRONG ISLAND (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*IN THE FADE (US PREMIERE; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Foreign Language Film)
*LA LA LAND (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Original Music Score, Best Original Song; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Costume Design)
*MOONLIGHT (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Music Score, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing)
*MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Original Screenplay; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress)
*LOVING (US PREMIERE, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress)
*20TH CENTURY (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Original Screenplay)
*LION (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Music Score, Best Cinematography)
*THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (NEW YORK PREMIERE)
*THE HANDMAIDEN (EAST COAST PREMIERE; GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*THE SALESMAN (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Foreign Film)
*PATERSON
*TONI ERDMANN (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*THE RED TURTLE (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Animated Film)
*DONALD CRIED
*FIRE AT SEA (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*THE WHITE HELMETS (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Documentary Short)
*JOE’S VIOLIN (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary Short)
*ROOM (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD & GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Actress, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay)
*SPOTLIGHT (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Editing)
*BROOKLYN (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay)
*BRIDGE OF SPIES (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Supporting Actor; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Production Design)
*CAROL (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay)
*YOUTH (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Original Song; GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Supporting Actress)
*SON OF SAUL - (ACADEMY AWARD & GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Foreign Language Film)
*EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT - (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film)
*ANOMALISA (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Animated Feature; GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Animated Feature)
*THE LOOK OF SILENCE (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary Feature)
*45 YEARS (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress)
*BIRDMAN (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography)
*WHIPLASH (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture)
*THE IMITATION GAME (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Adapted Screenplay; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Production Design)
*STILL ALICE (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Actress; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Actress)
*MR. TURNER (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score)
*WILD (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress)
*VIRUNGA - (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*FORCE MAJEURE (GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Foreign Language Film)
*NIGHTCRAWLER (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Original Screenplay; GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE - Best Actor)
*TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Actress)
*GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*12 YEARS A SLAVE (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER – Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER – Best Picture, Drama)
*HER (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Picture, Best Screenplay)
*NEBRASKA (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay)
*PHILOMENA (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Score)
*THE SQUARE (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Documentary)
*AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress)
*20 FEET FROM STARDOM (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER – Best Documentary)
*THE SELFISH GIANT (US PREMIERE)
*BLUE RUIN (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Foreign Language Film)
*BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (PALME D’OR WINNER)
*AMOUR (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Foreign Film)
*SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Actress)
*ARGO (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Picture, Best Director;)
*A ROYAL AFFAIR (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*WAR WITCH (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*KON TIKI (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*THE SESSIONS (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Supporting Actress)
*RUST AND BONE (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*UNDEFEATED (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Documentary)
*TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM (US PREMIERE: ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary Short)
*THE CURSE (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Live Action Short)
*BULLHEAD (EAST COAST PREMIERE: ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Foreign Film)
*THE ARTIST (GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Comedy)
*THE DESCENDANTS (GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Drama)
*MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER - Best Actress)
*PINA: 3D
*MELANCHOLIA
*PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - Best Documentary)
*THE KING'S SPEECH (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay; GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Actor; INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER)
*BLACK SWAN (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD & INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD MULTI CATEGORY WINNER)
*BLUE VALENTINE (EAST COAST PREMIERE)
*127 HOURS (EAST COAST PREMIERE; INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER - Best Actor)
*THE SHORE (ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Live Action Short)
*UP IN THE AIR (ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE MULTI CATEGORY)
*TINY FURNITURE (INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER - Best First Screenplay)
*THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (N. AMERICAN PREMIERE)
*SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (EAST COAST PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD & GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER - Best Picture)
*THE WRESTLER (INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER - BEST PICTURE)
*THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
*SIX SHOOTER (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Short Film)
*NOWHERE IN AFRICA (US PREMIERE; ACADEMY AWARD WINNER - Best Foreign Film)
*OPEN WATER (WORLD PREMIERE)

University Short Film Showcase Award:
Five grants of $500 each to promising graduate & undergraduate film students.
Sponsor: Hamptons International Film Festival
Cash Award Value: $500 USD

Narrative Competition Award:
The winning Narrative Film receives a $3,000 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind goods and services, with a total value of over $100,000.
Sponsor: Various
Cash Award Value: $3,000 USD
Value of Goods/Services: $100,000 USD

Narrative Short Competition Award:
The Narrative Short film winner will take home a cash prize of $500 and qualify for Academy Award consideration. The 2018 Narrative Short Competition Award was presented to FENCE by Lendita Zeqiraj.
Sponsor: Hamptons International Film Festival
Cash Award Value: $500 USD

Documentary Competition Award:
The winning Documentary Film receives a $3,000 cash prize as well as a film production package of in-kind goods and services, with a total value of over $25,000.
Sponsor: Hamptons International Film Festival
Cash Award Value: $3,000 USD
Value of Goods/Services: $25,000 USD

Documentary Short Competition Award:
The Documentary Short film winner will take home a cash prize of $500 and qualify for Academy Award consideration. The 2018 Documentary Short Film Competition Award was presented to GUAXUMA by Nara Normande.
Sponsor: Hamptons International Film Festival
Cash Award Value: $500 USD

The Zicherman Family Foundation Award:
Presented to an early-career screenwriter who has demonstrated singular vision and dedication to their craft. This award seeks to both celebrate their current work, as well as encourage the development of future projects.
Sponsor: Zicherman Family Foundation
Cash Award Value: $10,000 USD

The Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict & Resolution:
For the past eighteen years, the Films of Conflict & Resolution section has presented films that focus on the realities of war and human conflict around the world, and inspire discussion about the possibilities for resolution. One film from this section will be awarded $5,000 as the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award winner. We have shown many films in this section that have gone on to significant acclaim, including OF FATHERS AND SONS (Academy Award nominee); HUMAN FLOW (Academy Award Documentary Shortlist); I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (Academy Award nominee); FIRE AT SEA (Academy Award nominee); THE WHITE HELMETS (Academy Award winner); THE SQUARE (Academy Award nominee); WAR WITCH (Academy Award); THE FOG OF WAR (Academy Award winner); NOWHERE IN AFRICA (Academy Award winner, US Premiere); NO MAN’S LAND (Academy Award winner); RABBIT A LA BERLIN (Academy Award nominee, and many more. Prior to the festival, one film will be recognized as an honoree with the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict & Resolution. There will be a special program with panel and reception designed around the issues presented in the honored film. The 2018 award was presented to AND BREATHE NORMALLY by Ísold Uggadóttir.
Sponsor: The Brizzolara Family Foundation
Cash Award Value: $5,000 USD

The Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award:
The Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award is given to a film that raises public awareness about the moral and ethical treatment and the rights of animals, as well as environmental protection. The winning film inspires compassion and compels social change. The award is given by Zelda Penzel, long time educator, advocate for animal rights, and a volunteer at HIFF since its inception. The winning film will be accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500 and will screen in our Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights section. Bringing together animal advocacy, environmental and social justice issues, our Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights section provides a platform for filmmakers to share meaningful information, stories of inspiration, and tools for creating a safe and humane world for animals.The films in this section seek to arouse in the consciousness of our audiences respect for the dignity and rights of all living beings and to encourage dialogue about how we treat and view animals as a community. The 2017 edition included the Academy Award shortlisted JANE by Brett Morgen, and the 2018 award was presented to THE CAT RESCUERS by Rob Fruchtman & Steven Lawrence.
Cash Award Value: $2,500 USD

The Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award For Social Justice:
Presented to the film in the festival that most exemplifies the themes of social justice and civil liberties. The 2018 award was presented to the Academy Award shortlisted THE SILENCE OF OTHERS by Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar.
Sponsor: Louis M. Rabinowitz Foundation
Cash Award Value: $2,000 USD

Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant:
The $3,000 Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant will be awarded to a film in the Views From Long Island section. This program supports the completion of high quality, original, director-driven, low-budget independent films from both emerging and established filmmakers who have completed 50% of principal photography within Suffolk County. The 2018 award was presented to Emily Anderson’s ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING.
Sponsor: Suffolk County Film Commission
Cash Award Value: $3,000 USD

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

Audience Award for Best Short Film

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

General Eligibility

These regulations apply to all sections:

-Films must have been completed after January 1, 2018.
-HIFF will not consider previously submitted films.
-Films may not have been released theatrically or shown on television in the U.S. prior to the festival. We also prefer that films not be available online prior to the festival.
-We prefer films to have not screened on the East End of Long Island prior to the festival's dates. If there are any questions regarding premiere status, please contact us at programming@hamptonsfilmfest.org.
-HIFF presents all films in their original language. Non-English language films must have English subtitles.
-If you are submitting a work-in-progress, the link must be clearly marked as a work-in-progress or rough cut. The festival will only be able to consider one version of each film submitted and does not accept replacement cuts for consideration. Please take this into account when deciding when to submit your film.
-DCP is the preferred exhibition format for the festival.
-The preferred format for submissions is a Vimeo link. Filmmakers are responsible for notifying us when their passwords have changed. We ask that we have access to the films until all programming decisions are made on September 13 (our notification date). For programming questions, please contact us at programming@hamptonsfilmfest.org.

Jury Award Eligibility (Please read carefully):
-Awarded to one film in each category: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, and Documentary Short.
-Preference given to emerging filmmakers.
-Preference will be given to films that have at least a NY State Premiere.
-Preference will be given to films that have not shown in more than a total of five US festivals prior to the HIFF dates and that have not announced US distribution.