Mission & Overview

 Actors Brie Larson (L) and David Oyelowo attend the 21st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival on October 12, 2013 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Hamptons International Film Festival)

Actors Brie Larson (L) and David Oyelowo attend the 21st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival on October 12, 2013 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for HIFF)

The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate 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 22nd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place October 9-13, 2014.


Now in its 22nd year, the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) has screened the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner in 5 of the last 6 years and is the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. The Festival, with an impassioned and uniquely influential audience, attracts over 15,000 visitors to theaters across the picturesque New York communities of East Hampton, Southampton, Montauk, and Sag Harbor. With cash prizes handed out totaling more than $45,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year.

HIFF continues to figure into the annual awards season race, with films in our 21st edition having received a record 32 Oscar nominations, including four Best Picture nominations. Films screened also featured eight of the eventual Acting nominees, as well as two of the Best Documentary nominees. 2013 was also the fourth year in a row that the Festival’s Audience Award-winning film was nominated for Best Picture, with two such films (The Artist and The King’s Speech) eventually taking home the honors. Overall, films in our last 6 editions have received 150 total Oscar nominations.

HIFF has a continuing partnership with The New York Film Critics Circle, which sends many of their critics to attend the Festival every year. The Festival also attracts a wide range of journalists, including the film trades, Oscar bloggers, and local publications, as well as national journalists and New York-based press.

HIFF is an Oscar-qualifying festival for short films, and we host four competitions of selected films – the Golden Starfish Awards (GSA) – focused specifically on early-career filmmakers, bolstering their work at an important juncture and helping develop a discussion around their films, both within the film community and beyond.

Films are routinely picked up for distribution out of HIFF, and selected highlights of such films from our 2013 edition include the following: The Notebook (US Premiere, Sony Pictures Classics); The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (World Premiere, Zeitgeist Film); A Short History of Decay (World Premiere, Paladin); Free Ride (World Premiere, Phase 4 Films); Emptying the Skies (North American Premiere, Java Films); and The Maid’s Room (World Premiere, Paladin).

Recent HIFF highlights include: 12 Years a Slave, Her, Nebraska, August: Osage County, Kill Your Darlings, The Past, Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, Labor Day, The Square, Blue is the Warmest Color, Argo, Amour, Silver Linings Playbook, Searching for Sugarman, The Artist, The Descendants, Melancholia, Shame, Pina in 3D, Bullhead, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Kid with the Bike, The King’s Speech, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, and 127 Hours.

The Festival has also been a part of the launch of a number of significant films, having screened the world premiere of Open Water ($38m gross), the North American premiere of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ($10m gross), and the U.S. premiere of Nowhere in Africa ($7m gross). Our audiences were also the first on the East Coast of the U.S. to have seen Argo, Slumdog Millionaire, Black Swan, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, Silver Linings Playbook and many others.


12 Years a Slave, dir. Steve McQueen
127 Hours, dir. Danny Boyle
3 Backyards, dir. Eric Mendelsohn
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector, dir. Vikram Jayanti
Agora, dir. Alejandro Amenábar
Ajami, dir. Scandar Copti & Yaron Shan
Avenue Montaigne, dir. Daniele Thompson
Antonia’s Line, dir. Marleen Gorris
Argo, dir. Ben Affleck
August: Osage County, dir. John Wells
The Artist, dir. Michel Hazanavicius
Barney’s Version, dir. Richard J. Lewis
Bee Season, dir. Scott McGehee & David Siegel
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, dir. Sidney Lumet
Bernard and Doris, dir. Bob Balaban
Birth, dir. Jonathan Glazer
Black Swan, dir. Darren Aronofsky

Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is the Warmest Color, dir. Abdellatif Kechiche
Blue Ruin, dir. Jeremy Saulnier
Blue Valentine, dir. Derek Cianfrance
The Bully Project, dir. Lee Hirsch
Casino Jack, dir. George Hickenlooper
Charlie Victor Romeo, dir. Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Karlyn Michelson
City of Life and Death, dir. Lu Chuan
Code Black, dir. Ryan McGarry
The Company Men, dir. John Wells
The Cooler, dir. Wayne Kramer
Croupier, dir. Mike Hodges
Coriolanus, dir. Ralph Fiennes
The Debt, dir. John Madden
The Descendants, dir. Alexander Payne
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, dir. Julian Schnabel
El Crimen del Padre Amaro, dir. Carlos Carrera
Elf, dir. Jon Favreau
Fair Game, dir. Doug Liman
The Fog of War, dir. Errol Morris
The Fountain, dir. Darren Aronofsky
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest “Luftslottet Som Sprangdes”, dir. Daniel Alfredson
Girl With A Pearl Earring, dir. Peter Weber
Gods and Monsters, dir. Bill Condon
The Greatest, dir. Shana Feste
The Hawk is Dying, dir. Julian Goldberger
Heavenly Creatures, dir. Peter Jackson


Her, dir. Spike Jonze
Hotel Rwanda, dir. Terry George
The Human Stain, dir. Robert Benton
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, dir. Terry Gilliam
The Invisible Woman, dir. Ralph Fiennes
Jeff, Who Lives at Home, dir. Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass
Jiro Dreams of Sushi, dir. David Gelb
Jesus’ Son, dir. Alison Maclean
Judy Berlin, dir. Eric Mendelsohn
The Kid With a Bike, dir. Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings, dir. John Krokidas
The King’s Speech, dir. Tom Hooper
Kinsey, dir. Bill Condon
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, dir. Shane Black
Labor Day, dir. Jason Reitman
Lemon Tree, dir. Eran Riklis
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, dir. Aviva Kempner
Like Crazy, dir. Drake Doremus
Living Out Loud, dir. Richard LaGravenese
Made in Dagenham, dir. Nigel Cole
Martha Marcy May Marlene, dir. Sean Durkin
Melancholia, dir. Lars von Trier
The Messenger, dir. Oren Moverman
The Misfortunates, dir. Felix van Groeningen
Mondovino, dir. Jonathan Nossiter
Monsieur Ibrahim, dir. Francois Dupeyron
My Architect, dir. Nathaniel Kahn
My Week with Marilyn, dir. Simon Curtis
Nebraska, dir. Alexander Payne
No Man’s Land, dir. Danis Tanovic
Nowhere in Africa, dir. Caroline Link
Open Water, dir. Chris Kentis
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, dir. Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger


The Past, dir. Asghar Farhadi
Philomena, dir. Stephen Frears
The Piano, dir. Jane Campion
Pina 3D, dir. Wim Wenders
Pollock, dir. Ed Harris
Rabbit a la Berlin, dir. Bartek Konopka
Rabbit-Proof Fence, dir. Phillip Noyce
The Rum Diary, dir. Bruce Robinson
The Savages, dir. Tamara Jenkins


The Selfish Giant, dir. Clio Barnard
Searching for Sugarman, dir. Malik Bendjelloul
Shame, dir. Steve McQueen
The Shore, dir. Terry George
Silver Linings Playbook, dir. David O. Russell
Slumdog Millionaire, dir. Danny Boyle
Solitary Man, dir. Brian Koppelman & David Levien
The Song of Sparrows, dir. Majid Majidi
Songcatcher, dir. Maggie Greenwald
The Square, dir. Jehane Noujaim
Starting out in the Evening, dir. Andrew Wagner
State and Main, dir. David Mamet
Synechdoche, New York, dir. Charlie Kauffman
Tango, dir. Carlos Saura
Taxi to the Dark Side, dir. Alex Gibney
Teeth, dir. Mitchell Lichtenstein


Tim’s Vermeer, dir. Teller
The Triplets of Belleville, dir. Sylvain Chomet
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, dir. Lucy Walker
Turn the River, dir. Chris Eigeman
Two Lovers, dir. James Gray
Undefeated, dir. Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin
Up in the Air, dir. Jason Reitman
Valentino: The Last Emperor, dir. Matt Tyrnauer
The Walker, dir. Paul Schrader
War Witch, dir. Kim Nguyen
We Need to Talk About Kevin, dir. Lynne Ramsay
Without, dir. Mark Jackson
The Weather Man, dir. Gore Verbinski
Who The $#%& is Jackson Pollock?, dir. Harry Moses
Why We Fight, dir. Eugene Jarecki
The Wrestler, dir. Darren Aronofsky
The Young Victoria, dir. Jean-Marc Vallee

Danny Aiello
Alan Alda
Jason Alexander
Joan Allen
Robert Altman
Julie Andrews
Michael Apted
Darren Aronofsky
Kevin Bacon
David Bailey
Alec Baldwin
Billy Baldwin
Ned Beatty
Harry Belafonte
Maria Bello
Marisa Berenson
Tim Bevan
Helena Bonham Carter
Christie Brinkley
Matthew Broderick
Emily Browning
Ellen Burstyn
Carter Burwell
Steve Buscemi
Dick Cavett
Chevy Chase
Joel & Ethan Coen
Betty Comden
Harry Connick, Jr.
Kevin Connolly
Wes Craven
James Cromwell
Richard Curtis
Tim Daly

Blythe Danner
Paul Dano
Hope Davis
Anna Deavere Smith
Dane DeHaan
Guillermo Del Toro
Bruce Dern
Martin Donovan
Illeana Douglas
David Duchovny
Faye Dunaway
Mark & Jay Duplass
Raul Esparza
Edie Falco
Jon Favreau
Eric Fellner
Ralph Fiennes
Bobby Flay
Will Forte
Jonathan Franzen
Marcia Gay Harden
Rudy Giuliani
Heather Graham
Ed Harris
Scott Haze
Philip Seymour Hoffman
William Hurt
Famke Janssen
Billy Joel
Quincy Jones
Spike Jonze
Alex Karpovsky
Harvey Keitel
Calvin Klein
Anthony LaPaglia

Brie Larson
Ralph Lauren
James Lipton
Josh Lucas
Ralph Macchio
Virginia Madsen
Rooney Mara
Stephanie March
Ezra Miller
Penelope Anne Miller
Matthew Modine
Gretchen Mol
Julianne Moore
David Morse
Samantha Morton
Elisabeth Moss
Stephen Moyer
Bridget Moynahan
Bill Murray
Mira Nair
Patricia Neal
Tom Noonan
Ashley Olsen
Haley Joel Osment
David Oyelowo
I.M. Pei
Rosie Perez
Joaquin Phoenix
Bill Plympton
Aidan Quinn
Miranda Richardson
Kelly Ripa
Emma Roberts
Isabella Rossellini

Emmy Rossum
Gena Rowlands
Mercedes Ruehl
Mark Ruffalo
Keri Russell
Amy Ryan
Susan Sarandon
James Schamus
Liev Schreiber
Martin Scorsese
Campbell Scott
Kyra Sedgwick
Ally Sheedy
Alexander Skarsgard
Steven Soderbergh
Todd Solondz
Steven Spielberg
Paprika Steen
Martha Stewart
Sharon Stone
Charlize Theron
Jennifer Tilly
Kathleen Turner
Christine Vachon
Rufus Wainwright
Lucy Walker
John Waters
Bruce Weber
Wim Wenders
Gary Winick
Shailene Woodley
Faye Wray
Edgar Wright
Anton Yelchin
Renee Zellweger