Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights

Virunga, winner of the 2014 Zelda Penzel Award (and Academy Award nominee).

Still from Virunga, winner of the 2014 Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Prize (and Academy Award nominee).

In the 21st century, billions of animals continue to be exploited for our food, clothing, labor, research and entertainment. They are denied their basic right to life and fundamental protections against violence and cruelty.

Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights is a new Hamptons International Film Festival Signature Program that explores this important movement on film. Bringing together animal advocacy, environmental and social justice issues, our Animal Rights program provides a platform for filmmakers to share meaningful information, stories of inspiration, and tools for creating a safe and humane world for animals.

These films seek to arouse in the consciousness of our audiences respect for the dignity and rights of all living beings and to encourage dialogue about how we treat and view animals as a community.

In 2015, the HIFF Animal Rights program consisted of a small collection of narrative and/or documentary films within the theme screened at the Festival, presented by the Best Friends Animal Society.

In addition, the Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award was presented to The Champions at the HIFF Awards Ceremony in October. Past winners of this award, which has been part of our awards ceremony for the past three years, include Virunga (Oscar® Nominee), Emptying the Skies, and HBO’s One Nation, Under Dog.

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Presented by Best Friends Animal Societywith support from:
Zelda Penzel
Dorothy Frankel
Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation
Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)
Billy Rose Foundation
John Bradham
Lynette Penzell
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Sony & Maurice Schotland Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Deborah Tanzer
Treeline Treenut Cheese


Support Compassion, Justice and Animal Rights

How can you help? HIFF welcomes donors at various levels to support this new film movement and continue to shed light on and showcase stories that embody this crucial issue of our time.

LION ($10,000)
  • Presenting Sponsorship of Program
  • Verbal acknowledgement before each screening
  • Logo or listing on Animal Rights program screenwash (displayed on-screen as audience enters theater)
  • Logo or listing on Animal Rights Program marketing collateral, including Festival Catalogue and Online Guide
  • Listing in Animal Rights Press Release
  • Opportunity to place signage in Festival gift bags
  • Inclusion in Festival Catalog (25k distributed), including half-page ad
  • Logo inclusion on Festival Venue Poster
  • Logo and link on Festival Sponsor webpage
  • (2) “All-access” Founders Passes
  • (6) VIP Animal Rights Badges, which includes first access to Animal Rights films and events and (6) Invites to private Animal Rights program reception
  • Plus (4) First Dibs Festival Companion Packages*
A still from One Nation Under Dog, winner of the 2012 Zelda Penzel Award.

A still from One Nation Under Dog, winner of the 2012 Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Prize.

Tax-deductible portion: $3,100.
Become a Lion.

TIGER ($5,000)
  • Lead Sponsorship of Program
  • Logo or listing on Animal Rights program screenwash (displayed on-screen as audience enters theater)
  • Logo or listing on Animal Rights Program marketing collateral, including Festival Catalogue and Online Guide
  • Listing in Animal Rights Press Release
  • (4) VIP Animal Rights Badges, which includes first access to Animal Rights films and events, and invites to private Animal Rights program reception
  • Plus (4) First Dibs Festival Companion Packages*

Tax-deductible portion: $1,400.
Become a Tiger.

PANTHER ($2,500)
  • Listing as supporter on Animal Rights program screenwash (displayed on-screen as audience enters theater)
  • Listing as supporter on Animal Rights Program marketing collateral, including Festival Catalogue and Online Guide
  • Listing in Animal Rights Press Release
  • (2) VIP Animal Rights Badges, which includes first access to Animal Rights films and events, and invites to private Animal Rights program reception
  • Plus (2) First Dibs Festival Companion Packages*
A typical private reception at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

A typical private reception at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Tax-deductible portion: $700.
Become a Panther.

COOL CAT ($1,000)
  • Listing as supporter on Animal Rights program screenwash (displayed on-screen as audience enters theater)
  • Listing as supporter on Animal Rights Program marketing collateral, including Festival Catalogue and Online Guide
  • Listing in Animal Rights Press Release
  • (1) VIP Animal Rights Badge, which includes first access to Animal Rights films and events, and one invite to private Animal Rights program reception
  • Plus (1) First Dibs Festival Companion Package*

Tax-deductible portion: $100.
Become a Cool Cat.

The Hamptons International Film Festival is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.
To make a donation and support HIFF’s Animal Rights program, please click the links above.

If you’d like to give an amount not listed above, or if you have any questions, please contact the HIFF Development Department at sponsor@hamptonsfilmfest.org. Thank you!


*A First Dibs Festival Companion Package includes:
• (2) tickets to either the Opening Night Screening and Party or the Closing Night Screening and Saturday Night Party
• (4) tickets to Spotlight OR Centerpiece Films (maximum: 2 tickets per event)
• (8) tickets to General Screenings or Panels (maximum: 2 tickets per event)
• Advance online ticket selection