Screenwriters Lab

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The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Screenwriters Lab, in its 16th year, is an intimate gathering that takes place each spring 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).

Oscar® winner Alexander Dinelaris talking with attendees at the 2016 HIFF Screenwriters Lab Master Class in East Hampton, NY. Photo: Chloe Gifkins

Oscar® winner Alexander Dinelaris talking with attendees at the 2016 HIFF Screenwriters Lab Master Class in East Hampton, NY. Photo: Chloe Gifkins

Each year, the Lab seeks a broad selection of screenplays addressing a wide subject matter. 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.

Read all about the 2016 mentors and selected screenplays here.

In addition, for the first time, HIFF offered a Master Class, to which the public was invited, with Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris. Learn more here.

Group shot of mentors, screenwriters and HIFF staff at the 2016 HIFF Screenwriters Lab Master Class in East Hampton, NY.

Group shot of mentors, screenwriters and HIFF staff at the 2016 HIFF Screenwriters Lab Master Class in East Hampton, NY.

A number of recent projects in the Lab have gone on to be produced and distributed and to screen at festivals around the world such as Sundance, South by Southwest, Karlovy Vary, Locarno and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Selected highlights include Destin Daniel Cretton‘s SHORT TERM 12 with Brie Larson and John Gallagher, Jr., which won the Grand Jury and Audience Award at SXSW; Justin Schwartz‘s THE DISCOVERERS, starring Griffin Dunne; Sara Colangelo‘s LITTLE ACCIDENTS, featuring Elizabeth Banks and Chloe Sevigny; Claudia Myers‘s FORT BLISS, starring Michelle Monaghan and Ron Livingston; and 2010 Sundance Film Festival Closing Night film TWELVE, written by Jordan Melamed and starring Ellen Barkin and Emma Roberts.

Previous Screenwriters Lab mentors include Alexander Dinelaris, Academy Award® winning screenwriter of BIRDMAN: OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE); Nicole Perlman, co-writer of 2014’s Academy Award-nominated hit GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; Oren Moverman (THE MESSENGER, Academy Award nominee), Michael Cunningham (THE HOURS, EVENING); Robert Siegel (THE WRESTLER), James Vanderbilt (TRUTHZODIAC); Mark Heyman (BLACK SWAN); Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (HALF NELSON, MISSISSIPPI GRIND); Whit Stillman (METROPOLITAN, THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO); Ira Sachs (40 SHADES OF BLUE, LOVE IS STRANGE); 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); Lisa Muskat (GEORGE WASHINGTON, PRINCE AVALANCHE); Sophia Lin, producer (TAKE SHELTER, COMPLIANCE); Lawrence Lasker (SNEAKERS, WAR GAMES); and Dylan Kidd (ROGER DODGER, P.S.).

Mike Jones (mentor), Davy Rothbart (writer) and Michael H. Weber (mentor) at the 2016 HIFF Screenwriters Lab in East Hampton, NY. Photo: Chloe Gifkins

Mike Jones (mentor), Davy Rothbart (writer) and Michael H. Weber (mentor) at the 2016 HIFF Screenwriters Lab in East Hampton, NY. Photo: Chloe Gifkins