Q&A: Matt Sobel on the Delicate Balance of ‘Take Me to the River’

Note: This interview was first published during HIFF 2015. TAKE ME TO THE RIVER is now playing in select theaters. Find tickets. Accompanying his parents to a Nebraskan family reunion couldn’t be more uncomfortable for Ryder (Logan Miller), a gay Californian teenager. For his mother’s sake he agrees to act “normal,” but nonetheless attracts some unwanted attention […]

HIFF 2016 Screenwriters Lab: Inaugural Melissa Mathison Fund, Master Class

HIFF is proud to announce the inaugural Melissa Mathison Fund, named for the late Hollywood screenwriter, which will support the 16th Annual Screenwriters Lab next month. In addition, the Lab will present its first ever public event: a Master Class with Oscar®-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris. The annual Screenwriters Lab which pairs emerging screenwriters with established screenwriters, directors and producers for […]

‘Spotlight’ Wins Best Picture!

Films that have screened at HIFF earned 36 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards®, and several big names (and HIFF guests!) came away with the coveted statues last night. Also, HIFF has screened the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner in 7 of the last 8 years (including SPOTLIGHT in 2015), and is the only Festival on the East […]

HIFF Heads South to Palm Beach

On Tuesday, March 1, HIFF, in partnership with Manhattan Magazine, headed south for a special Film Festival Preview in Palm Beach at the beautiful home of our generous hostess, Marzia Precoda. The delightful evening cocktail reception boasted 75 guests, including VIP Palm Beach influencers and Hamptonites. Notable photographer Harry Benson, the subject of the 2015 HIFF World […]

Submissions for HIFF 2016 are Now Closed

Update 6/14/2016: submissions for HIFF 2016 are now closed. Filmmakers, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. HIFF can’t wait to see your narrative features, documentaries, shorts of all kinds, and student films. The 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival (October 6-10, 2016) is now accepting submissions online through Withoutabox. With four competitive categories in narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short […]