2015 HIFF Screenwriters Lab: Submissions Closed

Update 1.17.15: Submissions have closed for 2015. Thanks to all who entered!

Do you have a screenplay just waiting to be discovered? Submissions for the Hamptons International Film Festival 2015 Screenwriters’ Lab are now open. 

We thank the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for their continued and generous support.


The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Screenwriters’ Lab, going into its 15th year, is an intimate gathering that takes place each Spring in East Hampton, New York (2015 dates: April 10- 12). 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 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 an inspiring and safe place for artists to find and hone their creative vision.


Participants in the 2014 HIFF Screenwriters’ Lab

We seek a broad selection of screenplays addressing a wide subject matter. Additionally, in collaboration with The Alfred P. 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.

Submissions are now closed.

Learn more about the mentors and recent projects, and find out how the lab works.