Mission & Overview


Actress Margot Robbie attends the US Premiere of I, TONYA at HIFF25. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Actress Margot Robbie attends the US Premiere of I, TONYA at HIFF25. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent film—long, short, fiction and documentary—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 to enlighten audiences, educate, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers, and present inspired entertainment.

The 26th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival: October 4-8, 2018.

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization celebrating 26 years with year-round first-run screenings, student film workshops, a Screenwriters Lab, a renowned summer documentary program, over 40 free summer screenings, and an annual film festival each October showcasing 150 films.

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 $180,000, HIFF’s annual Film Festival hosts four distinct competitions, focused specifically on early-career filmmakers, bolstering their work at an important juncture, and gives six other awards: Conflict & Resolution, The Tangerine Female Filmmaker award, Social Justice award, Lifetime Achievement award, Creative Impacting in Acting award, and monetary awards for shorts by college students.

HIFF also partners with numerous international and national organizations, including Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch, an internationally recognized program showcasing breakthrough actors, an educational initiative with the United Nations, a long-standing partnership with the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) who serve on the jury and moderate Q&A’s, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to bring industry titans to each year’s festival.

HIFF’s robust educational initiative, named HIFF Jr. includes summer student film camps for ages ranging from 8-15, an in-school quarterly program in conjunction with our Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights initiative to screen and make films about the fair treatment of animals, and a United Nations partnership program for area middle school and high school students that are introduced to films created by young international filmmakers that focus on issues of migration, diversity, and social inclusion.


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. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, HIFF 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. Recently referred to as “Telluride East” by Variety, the publication cited HIFF as “one of America’s most glamorous displays of the best in cutting-edge 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.

Films in the 2017 festival received a record 47 Academy Award nominations, including 5 of the 9 Best Picture nominations. The Festival has also screened the eventual Best Picture Academy Award winner 8 years in a row, while no other Festival on the East Coast has done so more than 4 times in that time period. In 2017, films that screened at the Festival won in all major categories at the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted and Original Screenplays, Foreign Language and Documentary Film. Overall, films in our last 11 editions have received 369 total Oscar nominations. In a recent article about HIFF, Variety noted, “The Festival has grown a reputation for being able to read the Academy voting tea leaves and routinely promotes Oscar race front-runners, but has also become the place to see emerging talent before they become marquee names.”

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HIFF was pleased to screen the following films in 2017: THE SHAPE OF WATER (East Coast Premiere) THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (US Premiere), CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, DARKEST HOUR (East Coast Premiere), FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (East Coast Premiere), and I, TONYA (US Premiere).

An Academy Award qualifying festival, HIFF hosts multiple competitions focused specifically on early-career filmmakers, in the hopes of bolstering their work at an important juncture and helping develop a discussion around their films, both within the film community and beyond. The Festival also features four signature programs: Films of Conflict & Resolution; Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights; Air, Land & Sea; and Views From Long Island. With cash prizes handed out totaling more than $180,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Past Audience Award winners include Academy Award®-winning THE WHITE HELMETS, LA LA LAND, ROOM, THE IMITATION GAME, THE ARTIST, THE KING’S SPEECH and Academy Award®-nominated I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO and PHILOMENA.

HIFF has a continuing partnership with The New York Film Critics Circle, which sends their critics to attend the Festival every year. The Festival also attracts a wide range of journalists, including the film trades, Oscar bloggers, and local publications, as well as national journalists and New York-based press.

Room-650Many films over the years have made their world premieres at HIFF and been picked up for distribution shortly after their screenings. The best known of these is OPEN WATER, which was bought by Lionsgate and went on to gross $40 million worldwide. Other recent highlights of films picked up for distribution following their world premieres at HIFF include ITZHAK (Greenwich Entertainment); KILLER BEES (Gravitas Ventures); SUPERGIRL (FilmRise); SCORE (Gravitas Ventures); HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST (Magnolia Pictures); THE CHAMPIONS (FilmRise); THE C WORD (Abramorama); THE PREPPIE CONNECTION (IFC); WILDLIKE (Killer Films); THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (North American Premiere / Music Box Films); LOUDER THAN WORDS (ARC Entertainment); THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN (Zeitgeist Films); REFUGE (Strand Releasing); STEVIE NICKS: IN YOUR DREAMS (Abramorama).



12-YEARS-A-SLAVE12 Years a Slave, dir. Steve McQueen
20th Century Women, dir. Mike Mills
127 Hours, dir. Danny Boyle
3 Backyards, dir. Eric Mendelsohn
45 Years, dir. Andrew Haigh
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector, dir. Vikram Jayanti
Agora, dir. Alejandro Amenábar
Ajami, dir. Scandar Copti & Yaron Shan
American Pastoral, dir. Ewan McGregor
Anomalisa, dirs. Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Antonia’s Line
, dir. Marleen Gorris
Argo, dir. Ben Affleck
August: Osage County, dir. John Wells
Avenue Montaigne, dir. Daniele Thompson
The Artist, dir. Michel Hazanavicius
Barney’s Version, dir. Richard J. Lewis
Bee Season, dir. Scott McGehee & David Siegel
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, dir. Sidney Lumet
Bernard and Doris, dir. Bob Balaban
Best of Enemies, dirs. Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon
birdman-650Birdman, dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu
Birth, dir. Jonathan Glazer
Black Swan, dir. Darren Aronofsky
Blue is the Warmest Color, dir. Abdellatif Kechiche
Blue Ruin, dir. Jeremy Saulnier
Blue Valentine, dir. Derek Cianfrance
Born to Be Blue, dir. Robert Budreau
Bridge of Spies, dir. Steven Spielberg
Brooklyn, dir. John Crowley
The Bully Project, dir. Lee Hirsch
Call Me By Your Name, dir. Luca Guadagnino
Carol, dir. Todd Haynes
Casino Jack, dir. George Hickenlooper
Charlie Victor Romeo, dir. Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Karlyn Michelson
Christine, Antonio Campos
City of Life and Death, dir. Lu Chuan
Clouds of Sils Maria, dir. Olivier Assayas
Code Black, dir. Ryan McGarry
The Company Men, dir. John Wells
The Cooler, dir. Wayne Kramer
Carol-650Croupier, dir. Mike Hodges
Coriolanus, dir. Ralph Fiennes
Darkest Hour, dir. Joe Wright
The Debt, dir. John Madden
The Descendants, dir. Alexander Payne
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, dir. Julian Schnabel
El Crimen del Padre Amaro, dir. Carlos Carrera
Elf, dir. Jon Favreau
Experimenter, dir. Michael Almereyda
A Fantastic Woman, dir. Sebastián Lelio
Fair Game, dir. Doug Liman
The Fog of War, dir. Errol Morris
The Fountain, dir. Darren Aronofsky
Foxcatcher, dir. Bennett Miller
Get Out, dir. Jordan Peele
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, dir. Daniel Alfredson
Girl With A Pearl Earring, dir. Peter Weber
Gods and Monsters, dir. Bill Condon
The Greatest, dir. Shana Feste
Room-650The Hawk is Dying, dir. Julian Goldberger
He Named Me Malala, dir. Davis Guggenheim
Heavenly Creatures, dir. Peter Jackson
Her, dir. Spike Jonze
The Homesman, dir. Tommy Lee Jones
Hotel Rwanda, dir. Terry George
The Human Stain, dir. Robert Benton
I Saw the Light, dir. Marc Abraham
I, Tonya, dir. Craig Gillespie
Icarus, dirs. Bryan Fogel & Dan Cogan

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, dir. Terry Gilliam
The Invisible Woman, dir. Ralph Fiennes
I Tonya 650James White, dir. Josh Mond
Jeff, Who Lives at Home, dir. Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass
Jiro Dreams of Sushi, dir. David Gelb
Jesus’ Son, dir. Alison Maclean
Judy Berlin, dir. Eric Mendelsohn
Julieta, dir. Pedro Almodovar
The Kid With a Bike, dir. Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Kill Your Darlings, dir. John Krokidas
The King’s Speech, dir. Tom Hooper
Kings speech 650Kinsey, dir. Bill Condon
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, dir. Shane Black
Krisha, dir. Trey Edward Shults
La La Land, dir. Damien Chazelle

Labor Day, dir. Jason Reitman
The Lady in the Van, dir. Nicholas Hytner
Laggies, dir. Lynn Shelton
The Last Five Years, dir. Richard LaGravenese
Learning to Drive, dir. Isabel Coixet
Lemon Tree, dir. Eran Riklis
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, dir. Aviva Kempner
Like Crazy, dir. Drake Doremus
Lion, dir. Garth Davis
Living Out Loud, dir. Richard LaGravenese
Louder Than Bombs, dir. Joachim Trier
Loving, dir. Jeff Nichols
Macbeth, dir. Justin Kurzel
Made in Dagenham, dir. Nigel Cole
Manchester By the Sea, dir. Kenneth Lonergan
Martha Marcy May Marlene, dir. Sean Durkin
Meadowland, dir. Reed Morano
Melancholia, dir. Lars von Trier
The Messenger, dir. Oren Moverman
The Misfortunates, dir. Felix van Groeningen
Mondovino, dir. Jonathan Nossiter
Monsieur Ibrahim, dir. Francois Dupeyron
moonlight-650Moonlight, dir. Barry Jenkins
My Architect, dir. Nathaniel Kahn
My Week with Marilyn, dir. Simon Curtis
Nebraska, dir. Alexander Payne
Nightcrawler, dir. Tony Gilroy
No Man’s Land, dir. Danis Tanovic
Nowhere in Africa, dir. Caroline Link
Open Water, dir. Chris Kentis
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, dir. Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger
The Past, dir. Asghar Farhadi
Philomena, dir. Stephen Frears
The Piano, dir. Jane Campion
Pina 3D, dir. Wim Wenders
Pollock, dir. Ed Harris
Philomena-600Rabbit a la Berlin, dir. Bartek Konopka
Rabbit-Proof Fence, dir. Phillip Noyce
Room, dir. Lenny Abrahamson
A Royal Night Out, dir. Julian Jarrold
The Rum Diary, dir. Bruce Robinson
The Savages, dir. Tamara Jenkins
The Selfish Giant, dir. Clio Barnard
Searching for Sugarman, dir. Malik Bendjelloul
Shame, dir. Steve McQueen
The Shape of Water, dir. Guillermo del Toro
The Shore, dir. Terry George
Three Billboards Day 04_118.dngSilver Linings Playbook, dir. David O. Russell
Slumdog Millionaire, dir. Danny Boyle
Solitary Man, dir. Brian Koppelman & David Levien
Son of Saul, dir. László Nemes
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The Song of Sparrows, dir. Majid Majidi
Songcatcher, dir. Maggie Greenwald
Spotlight, dir. Tom McCarthy
The Square, dir. Jehane Noujaim
Spotlight-650Starting out in the Evening, dir. Andrew Wagner
State and Main, dir. David Mamet
St. Vincent, dir. Theodore Melfi
Still Alice, dirs. Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
Suffragette, dir. Sarah Gavron
Synechdoche, New York, dir. Charlie Kauffman
Tango, dir. Carlos Saura
Taxi to the Dark Side, dir. Alex Gibney
Teeth, dir. Mitchell Lichtenstein
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, dir. Martin McDonagh
Tim’s Vermeer, dir. Teller
Time Out of Mind, dir. Oren Moverman
The Triplets of Belleville, dir. Sylvain Chomet
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, dir. Lucy Walker
Turn the River, dir. Chris Eigeman
Two Days, One Night, dirs: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Two Lovers, dir. James Gray
Still-Alice-650Truth, dir. James Vanderbilt
The Uncondemned, dirs. Michele Mitchell, Nick Louvel
Undefeated, dirs. Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin
Up in the Air, dir. Jason Reitman
Valentino: The Last Emperor, dir. Matt Tyrnauer
The Walker, dir. Paul Schrader
War Witch, dir. Kim Nguyen
We Need to Talk About Kevin, dir. Lynne Ramsay
When I Live My Life Over Again, dir. Robert Edwards
Where to Invade Next, dir. Michael Moore
Wild, dir. Jean-Marc Vallée
Without, dir. Mark Jackson
The Weather Man, dir. Gore Verbinski
Who The $#%& is Jackson Pollock?, dir. Harry Moses
Why We Fight, dir. Eugene Jarecki
The Wrestler, dir. Darren Aronofsky
The Young Victoria, dir. Jean-Marc Vallée
Youth, dir. Paolo Sorrentino

Guests that attended as a part of the 25th Anniversary Festival in 2017 included A Conversation With participants Annette Bening, Rob Reiner, Patrick Stewart, and Lifetime Achievement Honoree Julie Andrews.

In addition, we were pleased to welcome Itzhak Perlman, Margot Robbie, Sam Rockwell, Andy Serkis, Richard Jenkins, Alan Cumming, Jennifer Garner, Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Grace van Patten, Kumail Nanjiani, Maika Monroe, Simon Curtis, Hong Chau, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, Daveed Diggs, Danielle Macdonald, Diane Kruger, Joe Wright, Bria Vinaite, Dylan Baker, Mariska Hargitay, Jordan Peele, Allison Williams, Daniel Kaluuya, Jason Blum, and Blythe Danner.

Notable members of the industry who attended included Variety Vice President & Executive Editor Steven Gaydos, Neon President Tom Quinn, producer Paula Wagner, Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker and NY AMPAS head Patrick Harrison.

Past guests include:

Christopher Abbott
Danny Aiello
Alan Alda
Jason Alexander
Mahershala Ali
Joan Allen
Robert Altman
Julie Andrews
Michael Apted
Darren Aronofsky
Kevin Bacon
David Bailey
Alec Baldwin
Billy Baldwin
Ned Beatty
Harry Belafonte
Maria Bello
Marisa Berenson
Tim Bevan
Emily Blunt
Helena Bonham Carter
Christie Brinkley
Matthew Broderick
Emily Browning
Ellen Burstyn
Carter Burwell
Steve Buscemi
Dick Cavett
Timothée Chalamet
Chevy Chase
Patricia Clarkson
Joel & Ethan Coen
Betty Comden
Harry Connick, Jr.
Kevin Connolly
Wes Craven
James Cromwell
Richard Curtis
Tim Daly
Blythe Danner
Paul Dano
Hope Davis
Anna Deavere Smith
Dane DeHaan
Guillermo Del Toro
Bruce Dern
Laura Dern
Martin Donovan
Illeana Douglas
David Duchovny
Faye Dunaway
Mark & Jay Duplass
Aaron Eckhart
Raul Esparza
Edie Falco
Jon Favreau
Eric Fellner
Ralph Fiennes
Bobby Flay
Will Forte
Jonathan Franzen
Morgan Freeman
Jennifer Garner
Armie Hammer
Marcia Gay Harden
Richard Gere
Rudy Giuliani
Heather Graham
Ed Harris
Todd Haynes
Scott Haze
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Holly Hunter
William Hurt
Famke Janssen
Richard Jenkins
Billy Joel
Quincy Jones
Spike Jonze
Alex Karpovsky
Harvey Keitel
Calvin Klein
Diane Kruger
Richard LaGravenese
Anthony LaPaglia
Brie Larson
Ralph Lauren
James Lipton
Josh Lucas
Ralph Macchio
Virginia Madsen
Thomas Mann
Rooney Mara
Stephanie March
Tom McCarthy
Ezra Miller
Penelope Anne Miller
Matthew Modine
Gretchen Mol
Maika Monroe
Julianne Moore
Michael Moore
David Morse
Samantha Morton
Elisabeth Moss
Oren Moverman
Stephen Moyer
Bridget Moynahan
Bill Murray
Mira Nair
Patricia Neal
Tom Noonan
Edward Norton
Ashley Olsen
Haley Joel Osment
David Oyelowo
I.M. Pei
Rosie Perez
Joaquin Phoenix
Bill Plympton
Bel Powley
Dennis Quaid
Aidan Quinn
Dan Rather
Miranda Richardson
Kelly Ripa
Emma Roberts
Margot Robbie
Sam Rockwell
Isabella Rossellini
Emmy Rossum
Gena Rowlands
Mercedes Ruehl
Mark Ruffalo
Keri Russell
Amy Ryan
Susan Sarandon
James Schamus
Liev Schreiber
Joel Schumacher
Martin Scorsese
Campbell Scott
Kyra Sedgwick
Ally Sheedy
Alexander Skarsgard
John Slattery
Steven Soderbergh
Todd Solondz
Steven Spielberg
Keith Stanfield
Paprika Steen
Martha Stewart
Patrick Stewart
Sharon Stone
Hilary Swank
Charlize Theron
Jennifer Tilly
Kathleen Turner
Christine Vachon
Rufus Wainwright
Lucy Walker
John Waters
Bruce Weber
Wim Wenders
Gary Winick
Shailene Woodley
Faye Wray
Edgar Wright
Anton Yelchin
Renee Zellweger