HIFF28 Submissions Are Open!

We remain committed to producing the 28th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival this October 8-12, 2020. 

Filmmakers, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! HIFF can’t wait to see your narrative features, documentaries, shorts of all kinds, and student films.

HIFF28 (October 8-12, 2020) is now accepting submissions online through FilmFreeway.

Official Deadlines:

  • Early Bird Deadline: March 10, 2020
  • Regular Deadline: March 31, 2020
  • Late Deadline: April 21, 2020
  • Extended Deadline: May 12, 2020

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 who traverse the globe in order to tell their stories through different cultural styles and experiences.

HIFF also bestows Audience Awards, with past winners including THE TWO POPES, THE HATE U GIVE, LA LA LAND, ROOM, THE IMITATION GAME, Academy Award®-winning THE ARTIST and THE KING’S SPEECH, and Academy Award®-nominated documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO and Academy Award®-winning short film THE WHITE HELMETS.

HIFF offers over $165,000 in cash and in-kind awards. For all the fine print, including awards eligibility, technical specs, full deadline schedule, HIFF history, and more, please visit FilmFreeway and read carefully.

The winners of two of HIFF’s short film competition programs—Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short—will automatically qualify for the Academy Awards® without a standard theatrical run, provided they meet all other Academy requirements.

The 2019 festival screened numerous 2020 Academy Award® winners and nominees, including PARASITE, MARRIAGE STORY, FORD V FERRARI, THE IRISHMAN, and JOJO RABBIT.

Previous films screened at HIFF include Academy Award®-winning films GREEN BOOK, ROMA, THE SHAPE OF WATER, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE ARTIST, BIRDMAN, BLACK SWAN, THE KING’S SPEECH, LA LA LAND, MOONLIGHT, ROOM, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, and STILL ALICE, along with numerous additional nominated and critically-acclaimed films.

The Hamptons International Film Festival is a supporter of local filmmakers and showcases films from nearby artists in the festival’s “Views from Long Island” section, most recently including Treva Wurmfeld’s CONSCIENCE POINT, John Breen’s 3 DAYS, 2 NIGHTS, and Ross Kauffman’s WATERPROOF.

For submissions questions, please email programming@hamptonsfilmfest.org

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ABOUT HamptonsFilm

HamptonsFilm was founded in 1992 to celebrate the art of film and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences with an annual film festival each October. A non-profit organization with year-round screenings of global narrative and documentary films, a Screenwriters Lab, and extensive educational initiatives, HamptonsFilm offers programs that enlighten, educate, and provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers, while also providing the East End of Long Island with an educational and cultural experience that enriches the lives of its citizens and contributes to the local economy.

The annual film festival, the premier film event on New York State’s East End, recently referred to by Variety as “one of America’s most glamorous displays of the best in cutting-edge cinema,” is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world.

Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2019 marked the 10th year in a row that a film in the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival in the world with such a distinction.

Read more on FilmFreeway.