HIFF 2017: Submissions Are Now Open!

Submissions for HIFF 2017 are now open!

Filmmakers, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! HIFF can’t wait to see your narrative features, documentaries, shorts of all kinds, and student films.

Join our Silver Anniversary celebration! The 25th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival (October 5-9, 2017) is now accepting submissions online through Withoutabox.

HIFF-submit-your-film-2017-650x400With four competitive categories in narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short film, documentary short film, and programs in seven non-competitive categories, the Hamptons International Film Festival seeks diverse films made by filmmakers that traverse the globe in order to tell their stories through different cultural styles and experiences.

There are rules and regulations (of course!). For all the fine print, including awards eligibility—HIFF Awards and many more—prize amounts (HIFF offers over $225K in cash and in-kind awards), technical specs, full deadline schedule, Festival history, and more, please visit Withoutabox and read carefully.

The winners of two of our short film competition programs—Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short—will automatically qualify for the Academy Awards® without a standard theatrical run, provided they meet all other Academy requirements.

(Note: the 25 free submission codes have all been allotted.)

Our Early Bird deadline is Monday, April 3, with more to follow. Good luck, everyone!

Official Deadlines:

♦ April 3, 2017—Earlybird

♦ May 1, 2017—Regular

♦ May 29, 2017—Late

♦ June 12, 2017—WAB Extended

Please follow HIFF on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for regular updates about the Festival.


More about the Hamptons International Film Festival

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 $225,000, HIFF continues to support the artists that create some of the best films each year.

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. The Festival is the premier film event on New York State’s east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary 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, Golden Globes, as well as the Independent Spirit Awards. Films in the 2016 festival received a record 45 Academy nominations, including 4 of the 8 Best Picture nominations. The Festival has also screened the eventual Best Picture Oscar winners 6 years in a row and 7 of the last 8 years, while no other Festival on the East Coast has done so more than 3 times in that time period. Additionally, the Festival screened 2 of the Oscar nominated Foreign Language films, 2 of the nominated Documentary films and 4 of the nominated short films.

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