Bring the Family to HIFF 2016!

We believe film festivals should include something for everyone, including the budding cinephiles in your life. Browse these features and shorts—appropriate for either all ages or 13+—and help HIFF create a new generation of movie fans.

See you at the movies!

red-turtle-650The Red Turtle

Directed by: Michael Dudok de Wit | Narrative Feature | 80 min | US Premiere
Appropriate for all ages

From the acclaimed Studio Ghibli, perhaps one of the world’s most respected animation houses, comes THE RED TURTLE, a quiet and mesmerizing masterpiece about one man’s journey to overcome loneliness on a deserted tropical island. Stranded among turtles, crabs, and birds, the simple characters are surrounded by a rich ecosystem, where the textures and symbolism offer a deeper understanding of the milestones in the life of a human being. Academy award-winner Dudok de Wit (FATHER AND DAUGHTER) makes his feature debut with this must-see tale that is both meditative and mysterious.

Monday | 2:45pm | UA East Hampton


The colorful characters in this family friendly program remind us that sometimes it’s better to follow your heart rather than your head!
Appropriate for all ages

Runtime: 54 min
Monday | 12pm | UA East Hampton


Directed by: Jessie Auritt | Documentary Feature | 80 min | English | World Premiere
Appropriate for ages 13+

Few would know it by looking at her, but Naomi “Supergirl” Kutin is the strongest girl in the world. The 11-year-old, 95-pound Orthodox Jewish girl from New Jersey is a competitive powerlifter who can lift three times her body weight, impressing even the largest of bodybuilders. SUPERGIRL follows Naomi’s inspiring journey as she simultaneously trains for national competitions and prepares for her bat mitzvah. In her feature debut, director Jessie Auritt beautifully captures the balancing act of being a teenage girl with religious obligation and fighting to set new records in powerlifting. With many obstacles in her way, Naomi discovers what it truly means to be strong.

Sunday | 2pm | UA East Hampton
Monday | 2:30pm | UA East Hampton

Sonita 650SONITA

Directed by: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami | Documentary Feature | 91 min | Farsi/English
Appropriate for ages 13+

Sonita Alizadeh is a young Afghan refugee living in Iran and dreaming of becoming a famous rapper. Her family, on the other hand, has different plans for Sonita, who is worth $9,000 as a bride. But Sonita’s dreams are big and unyielding to the pressure surrounding her. She defies local expectations and fights back with her music by crafting powerful lyrics that condemn a society filled with violence and oppression. Together with Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, who shifts from observer to active participant in Sonita’s life, they form a powerful coalition determined to bring joy and hope to everyone who witnesses their award-winning story.

Thursday | 4:15pm | UA East Hampton
Friday | 7:30pm | UA Southampton

addams-family-650THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld | Narrative Feature | 99 min | English
Appropriate for ages 13+

Featuring iconic performances from Raul Julia, Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci, THE ADDAMS FAMILY is a creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky treat for all. Drawing inspiration from the Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons and the 1960s television series, THE ADDAMS FAMILY proved to be one of the most successful film adaptations of the 1990s. In this delightfully ghoulish adventure, the eccentric lifestyle of the Addams family is threatened when some devious outsiders conspire to swindle the family fortune. Barry Sonnenfeld brings America’s favorite macabre family to the big screen with his iconic directorial debut.

Sunday | 7pm | Southampton Arts Center



Directed by: Otto Bell | Documentary Feature | 87 min | Kazakh/English | New York Premiere
Appropriate for ages 13+

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows 13-year-old Aisholpan, as she trains to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family, rising to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. With the support of her family, she trains diligently to prepare for an annual competition, the first step on her quest to gain acceptance. Executive produced by Morgan Spurlock and Daisy Ridley (who also narrates the film). THE EAGLE HUNTRESS captures Aisholpan’s breathtaking journey to break down gender barriers and achieve her dream. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, the film features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary.

Saturday | 11am | UA East Hampton (RUSH only)
Sunday | 11:15am | UA East Hampton (RUSH only)