HIFF 2016: Submissions Have Now Closed

Update: Submissions for HIFF 2016 have now closed.

Filmmakers, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. HIFF can’t wait to see your narrative features, documentaries, shorts of all kinds, and student films.

The 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival (October 6-10, 2016) is now accepting submissions online through Withoutabox.


With four competitive categories in narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short film, documentary short film, and programs in seven non-competitive categories, the Hamptons International Film Festival seeks diverse films made by filmmakers that traverse the globe in order to tell their stories through different cultural styles and experiences.

There are rules and regulations (of course!). For all the fine print, including awards eligibility—HIFF Awards and many more—prize amounts (HIFF offers over $225K in cash and in-kind awards), technical specs, full deadline schedule, Festival history, and more, please visit Withoutabox and read carefully.

New this year! The winners of two of our short film competition programs—Best Narrative Short and now Best Documentary Short as well—will automatically qualify for the Academy Awards® without a standard theatrical run, provided they meet all other Academy requirements. Learn more.

Official Deadlines:

♦ April 4, 2016—Earlybird (passed)

♦ May 2, 2016—Regular (passed)

♦ May 30, 2016—Late

♦ June 13, 2016—WAB Extended

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More about the Hamptons International Film Festival

The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent film and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.

With prizes of cash & in kind goods and services prizes valued at more than $225,000, HIFF continues to support the artists that create some of the best films each year.

The Hamptons International Film Festival takes place annually in October, with a number of additional events held year round in New York City and the Hamptons. The Festival is the premier film event on New York State’s east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema.

Festival selections continue to play an important role during awards season, with a significant number of titles highlighted every year at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, as well as the Independent Spirit Awards and Gotham Awards. Films in the 2015 festival received 36 nominations, including 4 of the 8 Best Picture nominations. The Festival has also screened 6 of the last 7 eventual Best Picture Oscar winners, while no other Festival on the East Coast has done so more than 3 times in that time period. Additionally, the Festival screened 2 of the Oscar nominated Foreign Language Films, 5 of the Oscar nominated short films, and 4 of the 5 films whose lead actress performances were nominated.

2015 was also the sixth year in a row that the Festival’s Audience Award winning film was nominated for Best Picture, with two such films (THE ARTIST and THE KING’S SPEECH) eventually taking home the honors.

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