Mission & Overview


Actress Julianne Moore attends the 'Still Alice' US premiere during the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival on October 13, 2014 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images)

Actress Julianne Moore attends the ‘Still Alice’ US premiere during the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival on October 13, 2014 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/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, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.

The 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival took place October 8-12, 2015.


HIFF-Logo-Red-650-shortNow in its 24th year, the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) has screened the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner in 6 of the last 7 years (including Birdman in 2014) and is the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. The Festival, with an impassioned and uniquely influential audience, attracts over 25,000 visitors to theaters across the picturesque New York communities of East Hampton, Southampton, Montauk, and Sag Harbor. With cash prizes handed out totaling more than $165,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year.

Spotlight-650HIFF continues to figure into the annual awards season race, with films in our 22nd edition (2014) receiving a record 44 Oscar nominations, including three Best Picture nominations, and eleven wins. Films screened also featured 12 of the eventual Acting nominees, as well as three of the Best Documentary nominees. 2014 was the fifth year in a row that the Festival’s Audience Award-winning film was nominated for Best Picture, with two such films (The Artist and The King’s Speech) eventually taking home the honors. Overall, films in our last 7 editions have received 194 total Oscar nominations.

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.

HIFF is an Oscar-qualifying festival for short films, and we host four competitions of selected films – the Golden Starfish Awards (GSA) – focused specifically on early-career filmmakers, bolstering their work at an important juncture and helping develop a discussion around their films, both within the film community and beyond.

Room-650HIFF was pleased to screen the following films in 2015: Truth, Youth (East Coast Premiere), Spotlight (East Coast Premiere), CarolBridge of SpiesAnomalisa (East Coast Premiere), Brooklyn, Room (East Coast Premiere), Louder Than Bombs (U.S. Premiere), and I Saw the Light (U.S. Premiere).

Films are routinely picked up for distribution out of HIFF, and selected highlights of such films from recent years include the following: Amira and Sam (World Premiere, Drafthouse Films), The Notebook (US Premiere, Sony Pictures Classics); The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (World Premiere, Zeitgeist Film); A Short History of Decay (World Premiere, Paladin); Free Ride (World Premiere, Phase 4 Films); Emptying the Skies (North American Premiere, Java Films); and The Maid’s Room (World Premiere, Paladin).

Bridge-of-Spies-650Recent HIFF highlights include: Birdman, Still Alice (U.S. premiere), The Imitation Game, Wild (East Coast Premiere), Nightcrawler, Foxcatcher, St. Vincent, The Homesman (East Coast Premiere)12 Years a Slave, Her, Nebraska, August: Osage County, The Square, Blue is the Warmest Color, Argo, Amour, Silver Linings Playbook, Searching for Sugarman, The Artist, The Descendants, Melancholia, Shame, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Kid with the Bike, The King’s Speech, and Black Swan.

The Festival has also been a part of the launch of a number of significant films, having screened the world premiere of Open Water, the North American premiere of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the U.S. premiere of Still Alice and Nowhere in Africa. Our audiences were also the first on the East Coast of the U.S. to have seen Spotlight, Room, Youth, AnomalisaNightcrawlerThe Homesman, Wild, Song One, Laggies, Argo, Slumdog Millionaire, Black Swan, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, Silver Linings Playbook and many others.

12-YEARS-A-SLAVE12 Years a Slave, dir. Steve McQueen
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
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
Carol, dir. Todd Haynes
Casino Jack, dir. George Hickenlooper
Charlie Victor Romeo, dir. Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Karlyn Michelson
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
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
Fair Game, dir. Doug Liman
The Fog of War, dir. Errol Morris
The Fountain, dir. Darren Aronofsky
Foxcatcher, dir. Bennett Miller
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
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, dir. Terry Gilliam
The Invisible Woman, dir. Ralph Fiennes
James 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
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
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
Living Out Loud, dir. Richard LaGravenese
Louder Than Bombs, dir. Joachim Trier
Macbeth, dir. Justin Kurzel
Made in Dagenham, dir. Nigel Cole
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
Truth-650 2 black tieMondovino, dir. Jonathan Nossiter
Monsieur Ibrahim, dir. Francois Dupeyron
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 Shore, dir. Terry George
Silver Linings Playbook, dir. David O. Russell
Slumdog Millionaire, dir. Danny Boyle
Solitary Man, dir. Brian Koppelman & David Levien
Son of Saul, dir. László Nemes
Song OneKate Barker-Froyland
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
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

Christopher Abbott
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Robert Altman
Julie Andrews
Michael Apted
Darren Aronofsky
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David Bailey
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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
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
Raul Esparza
Edie Falco
Jon Favreau
Eric Fellner
Ralph Fiennes
Bobby Flay
Will Forte
Jonathan Franzen
Morgan Freeman
Marcia Gay Harden
Richard Gere
Rudy Giuliani
Heather Graham
Ed Harris
Todd Haynes
Scott Haze
Philip Seymour Hoffman
William Hurt
Famke Janssen
Billy Joel
Quincy Jones
Spike Jonze
Alex Karpovsky
Harvey Keitel
Calvin Klein
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
Julianne Moore
Michael Moore
David Morse
Samantha Morton
Elisabeth Moss
Oren Moverman
Stephen Moyer
Bridget Moynahan
Bill Murray
Mira Nair
Patricia Neal
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I.M. Pei
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Steven Soderbergh
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Charlize Theron
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John Waters
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