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.


Having recently completed its 21st edition, The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to provide a forum for independent filmmakers from around the world to express their vision. The Festival is traditionally held for five days in mid-October in theatre venues from Montauk to Southampton and attracts roughly 30,000 visitors annually. In 2013, 37 countries were represented in the slate of roughly 75 features and 50 short films, with an awards package worth over $200,000. The festival continues to play a part in the awards season, with the 2012 edition earning a total of 7 Academy Awards for Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Amour, Searching for Sugarman, The Shore, and Paperman.

In addition to short films (for which we are an Academy-qualifying festival), documentaries and narratives, the Festival offers special presentations, including a Breakthrough Performers program, which showcases up-and-coming acting talent (past participants include Brie Larson, Dane DeHaan, David Oyelowo, Adam Driver, Alexander Skarsgard, Oscar-nominated Rooney Mara, Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain, Emmy Rossum, Emily Blunt, and Blake Lively); “A Conversation With…”, an intimate Q&A session with a film luminary (past participants include Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Richard Gere, Matthew Broderick, Susan Sarandon, Harry Belafonte, Sharon Stone, Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances McDormand, Sidney Lumet, Julian Schnabel, Isabella Rossellini, Gena Rowlands, Robert Altman, Bruce Dern and Helena Bonham Carter); and Films of Conflict & Resolution, which utilizes the power of cinema to increase understanding of the human realities of war and conflict.

The festival maintains a presence year round with other events as well such as screenings out east and in the city, and its annual Screenwriters’ Lab. The Lab, heading into its 14th edition, develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers with up-and-coming screenwriters (chosen by the festival in collaboration with key industry contacts).

The Hamptons International Film Festival has received a great deal of prestigious recognition. Highlights from recent years include:

Argo (2012) – East Coast premiere; Winner of 3 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing; Winner of 2 Golden Globes, Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director; Winner of 3 BAFTAs including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Editing.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – East Coast premiere; Academy Award Winner for Best Actress, Jennifer Lawrence;  Golden Globe Winner for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Jennifer Lawrence; BAFTA Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay; 4 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Director and Best Feature; HIFFs Audience Award for Best Narrative.

Searching for Sugarman (2012) – Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary; BAFTA Winner, Best Documentary.

The Artist (2011) – Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor; Winner of 7 BAFTAs including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor; Winner of 3 Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical, Best Original Score and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical; Winner of our HIFF 2011 Audience Award; Winner of 4 Independent Spirit Awards.

The Descendants (2011) – Winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; Winner of 2 Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama; Winner of our HIFF 2011 Special Recognition Award for Actress and 2011 HIFF Breakthrough Performer, Shailene Woodley.

My Week With Marilyn (2011) – Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical; Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress, Michelle Williams.

Black Swan (2010) – East Coast premiere; Academy Award winner for Best Actress; Winner of 3 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Director, Best Female Lead and Best Feature; BAFTA Award winner for Best Actress; Golden Globe winner for Best Actress.

The King’s Speech (2010) – East Coast premiere; winner of 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Actor in a Leadng Role, Best Director and Best Writing (Original Screenplay); Golden Globe winner for Best Actor; Director’s Guild of America Award for Best Director; winner of 7 BAFTA’s including Best Leading Actor, Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Outstanding British Film and Best Supporting Actress; Independent Spirit Award winner for Best Foreign Film.

127 Hours (2010) – East Coast premiere

Toy Story 3 (2010) – Academy Award winner for Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature; BAFTA Award winner for Best Animated Feature; Golden Globe winner for Best Animated Feature.

Up in the Air (2009) – New York premiere

The Young Victoria (2009) – U.S. premiere; Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – East Coast premiere; winner of 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Director; Golden Globe for Best Picture.

The Wrestler (2008) – Golden Globe winner for Best Actor; Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture.


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