Submissions for HIFF 2018 Screenwriters Lab are Open

Do you have a screenplay just waiting to be discovered? Submissions for the Hamptons International Film Festival 2018 Screenwriters Lab are now open. 


Screenwriters Lab Participant Annabelle Attanasio and Mentor Ted Griffin

The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Screenwriters Lab, going into its 18th year, is an intimate gathering that takes place each spring in East Hampton, New York (2018 dates: April 6–8). The Lab develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers and creative producers with up-and-coming screenwriters (chosen by HIFF).

We seek a broad selection of screenplays addressing a wide subject matter. The mentors advise in a one-on-one creative setting, while additional events bring the participants together with board members, sponsors, the local artistic community, and other friends of the Festival. With scripts from past writers produced year after year, the Lab continues to be an inspiring and safe place for artists to find and hone their creative vision.

UPDATE December 2017: Three alumni projects, all from female filmmakers—NANCY by Christina Choe, AND BREATHE NORMALLY by Ísold Uggadóttir, and DEAD PIGS by Cathy Yan—will make their world premieres at the upcoming 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

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Earlybird Deadline: November 28, 2017
Regular Deadline: December 12, 2017
Late Deadline: January 2, 2018
Extended WAB Deadline: January 16, 2018


Screenwriters Lab 2017 Mentors and Participants

A number of recent projects in the Lab have gone on to be produced and distributed and to screen at festivals around the world such as Sundance, South by Southwest, Karlovy Vary, Locarno and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Selected highlights include Destin Daniel Cretton‘s SHORT TERM 12 with Brie Larson and John Gallagher, Jr., which won the Grand Jury and Audience Award at SXSW; Justin Schwartz‘s THE DISCOVERERS, starring Griffin Dunne; Sara Colangelo‘s LITTLE ACCIDENTS, featuring Elizabeth Banks and Chloe Sevigny; Claudia Myers‘s FORT BLISS, starring Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston; and 2010 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night film TWELVE, written by Jordan Melamed and starring Ellen Barkin and Emma Roberts.

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