HIFF 2019 Submissions Are Open!

Submissions for the 2019 Hamptons International Film Festival 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.

The 27th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival (October 10-14, 2019) is now accepting submissions online through Withoutabox.

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With 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 who traverse the globe in order to tell their stories through different cultural styles and experiences.

HIFF also bestows Audience Awards, with past winners including THE HATE U GIVE, LA LA LAND, ROOM, THE IMITATION GAME, Academy Award®-winning THE ARTIST and THE KING’S SPEECH, and Academy Award®-nominated documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO and Academy Award®-winning short film THE WHITE HELMETS.

New in 2019! A $10,000 award from the Zicherman Family Foundation will be presented to an early-career screenwriter who has demonstrated singular vision and dedication to their craft. This award seeks to both celebrate their current work, as well as encourage the development of future projects.

HIFF offers over $165,000 in cash and in-kind awards. For all the fine print, including awards eligibility, technical specs, full deadline schedule, HIFF history, and more, please visit Withoutabox and read carefully.

The winners of two of HIFF’s 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.

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Official Deadlines:

March 12, 2019—Earlybird (passed)

♦ April 16, 2019—Regular 

♦ May 14, 2019—Late 

♦ June 4, 2019—WAB Extended 

The 2018 festival screened numerous 2019 Academy Award® nominees, including THE FAVOURITE, GREEN BOOK, ROMA, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, COLD WAR, SHOPLIFTERS, NEVER LOOK AWAY, and CAPERNAUM.

Previous films screened at HIFF include Academy Award®-winning films THE SHAPE OF WATER, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE ARTIST, BIRDMAN, BLACK SWAN, THE KING’S SPEECH, LA LA LAND, MOONLIGHT, ROOM, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, and STILL ALICE, along with numerous additional nominated and critically-acclaimed films.

The 2018 festival screened numerous 2019 Academy Award®-nominees including THE FAVOURITE, ROMA, SHOPLIFTERS, NEVER LOOK AWAY, CAPERNAUM, and COLD WAR.

The Hamptons International Film Festival is a supporter of local filmmakers and showcases films from nearby artists in the festival’s “Views from Long Island” section, most recently including Khalik Allah’s BLACK MOTHER, Emily Anderson’s ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING, and Ross Kauffman’s STILL PLAYS WITH TRAINS.

For submissions questions, please email programming@hamptonsfilmfest.org

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More about the Hamptons International Film Festival

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere 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 from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $165K in cash and in-kind awards, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year.

Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2017 marked the 7th time in a row that a film in the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction.

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