Screenwriters’ Lab

Produced due to the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Hamptons International Film Festival’s Screenwriters’ Lab 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). The 2015 edition will take place April 10-12, 2015.

2015 mentors include the Oscar®-winning co-writer of BirdmanAlexander Dinalaris, Jr., and Nicole Perlman, co-writer of the blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy, among others.

Read all about the 2015 mentors and selected screenplays here.


Each year, we seek a broad selection of screenplays addressing a wide subject matter. Additionally, in collaboration with the 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. Selected writers who explore these issues will be invited back to the Festival in October to have scenes from their scripts performed in a staged reading featuring accomplished actors.

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, four projects from the Lab have gone on to be produced:  Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, which won both the Audience and Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival; Justin Schwartz’s The Discoverers, starring Griffin Dunne, which had its world premiere at HIFF and was released in 2014; Sara Colangelo’s Little Accidents, starring Elizabeth Banks, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released earlier this year; and Claudia Myers’s Fort Bliss, which starred Michelle Monaghan and was released in 2014.

Previous Screenwriters’ Lab mentors include Michael Cunningham (The Hours, Evening); James Vanderbilt (Zodiac); Oren Moverman (The Messenger); Mark Heyman (Black Swan); Hawk Ostby (Children of Men); Rob Siegel (The Wrestler); Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities, The Substance of Fire); Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden (Half Nelson); Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco); Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue, Love is Strange); Lawrence Konner (The Sopranos); Jeff Sharp (Producer, You Can Count on Me); J.D. Zeik (Ronin); Maggie Greenwald (Songcatcher); and Dylan Kidd (Roger Dodger).


Read all about the 2015 mentors and selected screenplays here.