The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Screenwriters’ Lab, which takes place annually in April, is an intimate gathering in East Hampton, New York. The Lab develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers and creative producers with up-and-coming screenwriters (chosen by HIFF in collaboration with key industry contacts).
We seek a broad selection of screenplays addressing a wide subject matter. Additionally, in collaboration with The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation‘s initiative in furthering the public understanding of science, we encourage writers to submit screenplays that explore science, technology, mathematics, invention, and engineering in fresh and innovative ways.
The mentors advise in a one-on-one creative laboratory 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 a safe and inspiring place for artists to find and hone their creative vision.
In the last few years, three projects from the Lab have gone on to be produced. These projects include Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, which recently won both the Audience and Grand Jury Prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and Justin Schwartz’s The Discoverers, which had its world premiere at HIFF and continues to play at Festivals around the world. Claudia Myers’s film Fort Bliss is currently in post-production.
Recent mentors at the Lab include Oren Moverman (The Messenger), Michael Cunningham (The Hours, Evening); James Vanderbilt (Zodiac); Mark Heyman (Black Swan); Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar, It’s Kind of a Funny Story); J.D. Zeik (Ronin); J. Robin Baitz (People I Know, The Substance of Fire); Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco); Ira Sachs (40 Shades of Blue, This Married Life); Hawk Ostby (Children Of Men, Iron Man), Jeff Sharp (Producer: You Can Count on Me, Evening); Billy Frolick (Madagascar); Andy Bienen (Boys Don’t Cry) and Lisa Muskat (George Washington, Prince Avalanche), Sophia Lin (producer: Take Shelter, Compliance) Maria Maggenti (The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love); Sabrina Dhawan (Monsoon Wedding, Cosmopolitan); Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby), Gregory Widen (Highlander, Backdraft); Mark Christopher (54); Maggie Greenwald (Songcatcher, Ballad of Little Jo); Lawrence Lasker (Sneakers, War Games); Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes, National Treasure); and Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger, P.S.).
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