HIFF Jr. Educational Initiatives

HIFF Jr. focuses on ethics and compassion, diversity and international relations, and the ever-evolving craft of film.

From summer filmmaking workshops to year-round screenings and student film clubs, HIFF Jr.—led by HIFF board member and educator Linda Biscardi Fuller—has exposed thousands of students to a world of diverse realities, while empowering them to recognize film as an accessible medium for creativity and for making their voices heard.

HIFF Jr. Educational Initiatives are made possible in part by

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FILM CAMP

650 Film-Camp-camera-shot-2For ten summers, HIFF has produced a student Film Camp for kids ages 8 to 15 in East Hampton and Southampton. Campers make their own movies while learning screenwriting, directing, acting, producing and editing from industry professionals.

Created by HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson, the student filmmaking workshops provide a creative outlet and a thorough introduction to digital moviemaking to help kids launch their own projects for fun, passion, and perhaps even a future career. The movies they create are then showcased on the BIG screen at Guild Hall and the Southampton Arts Center, and made available online for friends and family, far and wide.

Check back next Spring for details about Summer 2019!


SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to underwriting by The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation, HIFF presents five $1000 cash scholarships to graduating seniors in high schools throughout the Hamptons. Our scholarship winners are primarily HIFF volunteers who exhibit good character, academic and artistic excellence, a strong work ethic, and great promise as emerging creators and/or arbiters of film. Winners additionally receive ticket packages for the October festival.

Scholarship Winners, 2018
Bridgehampton High School: Milo Youngerman
East Hampton High School: August Gladstone
Pierson High School (Sag Harbor): Alexandra Dudley
Ross School: Joe Zanchelli
Southampton High School: Gabriel “Gabe” Guimaraes

Scholarship Winners, 2017
Bridgehampton High School: Sarahi Negrete
East Hampton High School: Gaby Arevalo
Pierson High School (Sag Harbor): Eve Bishop
Ross School: Amanda Mintz
Southampton High School, Sophie Rhind


YEAR-ROUND SCHOOL SCREENINGS

650 Compassion Justice 3HIFF’s elementary school program is based upon the themes of Compassion, Justice and Animal Rights, as inspired by our signature program of the same name. Each year, HIFF curates “red carpet” film screenings for hundreds of students in grades 3-6 in order to inspire empathy for animals and humans and respect for all living things.

Students are treated to a program of short films created by professionals, local students and youth from around the world. Student filmmakers then participate in a post-screening Q&A.

650 Compassion Justice cat screen 2“We made this movie to show everyone it doesn’t matter what you’re like or where you’re from; you can still be our friend.”A local middle school filmmaker, to a wide-eyed elementary school audience

Local high schoolers are invited to help produce and photograph the screenings, and teachers are provided with educational materials for post-screening discussion in the classroom.

650 film club kid with cameraHIFF also infuses animal rights education into our work with the 5th grade film club at John Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton. The program partners with LTV (Local Television Inc.) to help the club make its own professional-style movie featuring local animal organizations such as ARF (Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons) and Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue.

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Support for this program is provided by Moxie Foundation, which aims to infuse entrepreneurial “moxie” into the greatest challenges facing society today.


UNITED NATIONS SHORT FILM PARTNERSHIP

650 Plural Plus Awais Catalog PicEvery year, HIFF welcomes nearly one thousand local middle and high school students to the October Festival to experience films and discussions about diversity, migration, inclusion and human rights.

The short films are made by international youth. Most of the films are chosen in conjunction with the Plural+ International Film Festival, a joint venture of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration.

Participants in this program include East Hampton Middle School students under the direction of faculty members Rita Greene, Cara Nelson and Margaret Ryan-Metz, who have expertly integrated this program into their yearly 7th grade curriculum. Their students use the Plural+ films they see at HIFF as inspiration for their own films about diversity, tolerance, migration and inclusion. Some of the student films are screened later that year for other middle schoolers and for elementary school students at our “Compassion, Justice and Animal Rights” in-school screenings (see below).

“It is part of our mission to enlighten our audiences with issues happening both worldwide and within our own backyards. The art of film has always been a catalyst in change for a better world and understanding the human condition, and these films provide the basis for open discussion, plus informative curricula for the classroom.” — Anne Chaisson, HIFF Executive Director


For more information, please contact the HIFF offices via email or phone: 631.324.4600.