Since its inception in 2009, the SummerDocs series of highly-anticipated documentary films has become one of the Hamptons International Film Festival’s signature events. Following each screening, the director and/or subject(s) of the film participates in a lively and engaging Q&A, often with HIFF Co-Chair Alec Baldwin, who co-curates the series with HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent.

Many past SummerDocs selections, such as Twenty Feet From Stardom, Last Days of VietnamThe Cove, Searching for Sugar Man, and How to Survive a Plague, have gone on to receive Academy Award® wins and nominations.

For 2016’s 8th Annual SummerDocs series, three festival favorites will screen; please save the dates: Saturday, July 9, Saturday, August 6, and Saturday, August 27. Titles will be announced soon, but tickets are on sale now via Guild Hall. As in summers past, moderated Q&As with filmmakers and guests will follow each screening.


SummerDocs screening of Gasland II: July 5, 2013 / Photo: Paul Kim for Society in Focus

Artistic Director David Nugent: “The SummerDocs series continues to be a highly-anticipated mainstay of our programming initiatives, screening award-winning documentaries each year to our audience.”

“The SummerDocs series has been a tremendous success for HIFF and our patrons,” said series presenter Alec Baldwin. “The program brings the best in documentary film to Guild Hall during the summertime, when film fans are craving some serious subjects.”

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 returns to sponsor the Audience Award for the 2016 SummerDocs series. Candescent Films supports documentaries that illuminate social issues. Join the conversation @CandescentFilms.