HIFF30: Submissions

Submissions for the 2022 Hamptons International Film Festival are now open!

The 30th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival (October 7-16, 2022) is now accepting submissions online through FilmFreeway.

Official Deadlines:

  • Earlybird Deadline | March 15, 2022
  • Regular Deadline | April 5, 2022
  • Late Deadline | April 26, 2022
  • Extended Deadline | May 17, 2022

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.

Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, and one of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, HIFF is the premier film event on New York State’s east end, and an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema. Recently referred to as “Telluride East” by Variety, the publication cited HIFF as “one of America’s most glamorous displays of the best in cutting-edge cinema.”

The Festival hosts multiple competitions focused specifically on early-career filmmakers, in the hopes of bolstering their work at an important juncture and helping develop a discussion around their films, both within the film community and beyond. With prizes of cash and in-kind goods and services valued at more than $130,000, HIFF continues to support the artists that create some of the best films each year.

The festival also features four signature programs: Films of Conflict & Resolution; Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights; Air, Land & Sea; and Views From Long Island. 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.

For all the fine print, including awards eligibility, technical specs, full deadline schedule, HIFF history, and more, please visit FilmFreeway and read carefully.


The festival draws national film industry attendees, including representatives from a wide array of film and media companies, a range of journalists including the film trades, Oscar bloggers, and local publications, as well as national journalists and New York-based press. Festival selections continue to play an important role during awards season, with a significant number of titles highlighted every year at the Academy Awards. The Festival has screened the eventual Academy Award Best Picture winner 11 years in a row, the only festival in the world with such a distinction.

Films in the 2021 Festival received 38 Academy Award nominations, and overall, films in the last 14 editions have received a total of 489 Oscar nominations. Films in the 2021 Festival have already received numerous year-end accolades, including THE POWER OF THE DOG, BELFAST, THE LOST DAUGHTER, DRIVE MY CAR, FLEE, ASCENSION, THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD, and SPENCER. The 2020 festival screened numerous 2021 Academy Award® winners and nominees, including NOMADLANDMINARIONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…SOUND OF METAL, and COLLECTIVE.

Previous films screened at HIFF include Academy Award®-winning films PARASITE, JOJO RABBIT, ROMA, GREEN BOOK, 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.

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.

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