Big News for Short Films at HIFF 2016

oscars-2016Announcing a new perk for filmmakers of documentary shorts…

The HIFF 2016 Documentary Short Competition winner will now qualify for Academy Award® consideration without a standard theatrical run, joining the Narrative Short Competition film winner. (This is provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.) In addition, both winning Narrative and Documentary Short Competition filmmakers will take home a cash prize.

In 2015, three of this year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Documentary Short* were screened at HIFF (CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH, BODY TEAM 12, and LAST DAY OF FREEDOM). Last year also saw a record number of submissions for the Festival, and 36 Oscar nominations from films that played throughout all categories.

“We are honored to now have two of our award categories recognized by the Academy,” said Hamptons International Film Festival Program Director David Nugent. “Each year this Festival grows, making it even more exciting to see the wealth of talent and art it attracts.”

HIFF is proud of the many short films from past festivals that have gone onto further high-profile success. Other recent highlights include:

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Documentary Shorts

*LAST DAY OF FREEDOM: NY premiere, Academy Award nominee
*CLAUDE LANZMAN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH: East Coast premiere, Academy Award nominee
*BODY TEAM 12: Academy Award nominee
ABANDONED GOODS: North American premiere
THE QUEEN: East Coast premiere
OPEN HEART: World Premiere, Academy Award nominee
RABBIT A LA BERLIN: Academy Award nominee
THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM: US Premiere, Academy Award nominee
KINGS POINT: Academy Award nominee
MONDAYS AT RACINE: Academy Award nominee

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Narrative Shorts

AVE MARIA: East Coast premiere, Academy Award nominee
SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM: Academy Award nominee
FEAST: North American premiere, Academy Award winner
THE PHONE CALL: Academy Award winner
THE BIGGER PICTURE: North American Premiere, Academy Award nominee
BUTTER LAMP: Academy Award nominee
GET A HORSE: East Coast premiere, Academy Award nominee
PAPERMAN: Academy Award nominee
ASAD: Academy Award nominee
HEAD OVER HEALS: US Premiere, Academy Award nominee

Do you have a film for HIFF 2016 consideration? Submissions are now open!

Film fans, don’t forget: HIFF 2016 Founder Passes are available now. It’s hands-down the *best* way to experience the Festival!