HIFF Screenwriters Lab: 2016 Selections & Mentors Announced

HIFF is proud to announce the mentors and screenwriters for the 16th Annual Screenwriters Lab, which takes place April 8-10 in East Hampton. The Lab pairs up-and-coming screenwriters with established screenwriters, directors and producers for a series of one-on-one mentoring sessions. “The Screenwriters Lab is a highlight of the year-round work that HIFF does as we bring together […]

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 […]

Big News for Short Films at HIFF 2016

Announcing a new perk for filmmakers of documentary shorts… The HIFF 2016 Documentary Short Competition winner will now qualify for Academy Award® consideration without a standard theatrical run, joining the Narrative Short Competition film winner. (This is provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.) In addition, both winning Narrative and Documentary Short Competition […]

#GivingTuesday: Movies Make a Difference

Aside from being our favorite form of entertainment, movies often have the power to make an impact on the world around us. This year, as you take time out of the busy holiday (shopping) season to celebrate #GivingTuesday, please consider supporting these organizations highlighted in #HIFF2015 films. THE CHAMPIONS Best Friends Animal Society Focused on […]