20th Anniversary Screenwriters Lab

Anne Carey, Peter Hedges, Darius Marder, Dan Steinman, Liz Hannah and Michael H. Weber joined the first ever virtual Screenwriters Lab April 3-5, 2020, to celebrate our 20-year anniversary and to mentor our selected screenwriters and screenplays. The three selected screenplays for 2020: Mouse, by Kelly O’Sullivan Gracefully, by Adinah Dancyger Esther’s Guide to Sex and […]

Slideshow: ‘Higher’ Screenplay Reading

Monday night in New York City, HamptonsFilm celebrated the Screenwriters Lab with a screenplay reading of selected scenes from 2019 Melissa Mathison Fund recipient Kirsten Tan’s HIGHER: Trapped within a residential apartment building by a mysterious flood, residents fight for survival and resources, setting off five absurdist, interwoven short stories that grapple with morality, truth […]

2019 Screenwriters Lab a Success

The 19th Annual HIFF Screenwriters Lab began last Friday, with screenwriters and mentors arriving in Sag Harbor for a weekend of supportive guidance and collaboration. On Friday night, the group attended a community classic film screening of TERMS OF ENDEARMENT at the Bay Street Theater, hosted by Alec Baldwin and David Nugent, followed by a kickoff dinner at Tutto il […]

HIFF Screenwriters Lab: 2019 Selections & Mentors

HIFF is proud to announce the mentors and screenwriters for the 19th Annual Screenwriters Lab, which takes place April 5-7, 2019. The Lab pairs rising screenwriters with established and knowledgeable screenwriters, directors, and producers for a weekend of one-on-one mentoring sessions. The three selected screenplays for 2019 are Barbara Cigarroa’s EL OTRO LADO (THE OTHER SIDE), […]

Screenwriting Explained: Tamara Jenkins + Jim Taylor on April 6

Have you always been curious about what goes into writing a screenplay? For the fourth year, a key public component of our annual Screenwriters Lab is a Master Class with award-winning screenwriters. This year, HIFF is pleased to welcome two: Oscar®-winning screenwriter Jim Taylor (SIDEWAYS, ELECTION) and Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Tamara Jenkins (THE SAVAGES), who together will offer a behind-the-scenes deep […]