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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 501(c)3 non-profit organization with year-round screenings of global narrative and documentary films, a renowned summer documentary program, 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.

HamptonsFilm also partners with numerous international and national organizations, including an educational initiative with the United Nations, a long-standing partnership with the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), who serve on the jury and moderate Q&As, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), to bring industry titans to each year’s festival.

The annual film festival, the premier film event on New York State’s East End, and recently referred to by Variety as “one of America’s most glamorous displays of the best in cutting-edge cinema,” continues to play an important role during awards season, with a significant number of titles highlighted every year at the Academy Awards. For more information please visit www.hamptonsfilm.org

Actress Margot Robbie attends the US Premiere of I, TONYA at HIFF25. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Actress Margot Robbie attends the US Premiere of I, TONYA at HIFF25. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

The Hamptons International Film Festival celebrates independent film—long, short, fiction and documentary—and introduces 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 to enlighten audiences, educate, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers, and present inspired entertainment.

Dates for the 29th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival have been announced: October 7-11, 2021.

The premier film event on New York State’s east end, HIFF is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world.

With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $165,000, HamptonsFilm’s annual Film Festival hosts four distinct competitions, focused specifically on early-career filmmakers, bolstering their work at an important juncture, and gives several other awards, including the Zicherman Family Foundation Screenwriting Award, the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for Films of Conflict & Resolution, the Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant, the Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award, the Rabinowitz Award for Social Justice, the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award, the Lifetime Achievement award, and more!

A program of HamptonsFilm, the Hamptons International Film Festival takes place annually in October. HIFF 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. 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.” Festival selections continue to play an important role during awards season, with a significant number of titles highlighted every year at the Academy Awards.

As of February 2020, the Festival has screened the eventual Best Picture Academy Award winner ten years in a row, rivaled by no other film festival in the world. Films in the 2019 festival received 40 Academy Award nominations, including a record five Best Picture nominations. Overall, films in our last 13 editions have received 453 total Oscar nominations. In a recent article about HIFF, Variety noted, “The Festival has grown a reputation for being able to read the Academy voting tea leaves and routinely promotes Oscar race front-runners, but has also become the place to see emerging talent before they become marquee names.”

HIFF27 was pleased to screen the following films in 2019: PARASITE (Best Picture winner), THE IRISHMAN, MARRIAGE STORY, JOJO RABBIT (East Coast Premiere), THE TWO POPES (East Coast Premiere), CLEMENCY, FORD v FERRARI, WAVES (East Coast Premiere), KNIVES OUT (East Coast Premiere), THE AERONAUTS (East Coast Premiere) and JUST MERCY.

An Academy Award-qualifying festival, HIFF 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. The Festival also features four signature programs: Films of Conflict & Resolution; Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights; Air, Land & Sea; and Views From Long Island. With cash prizes handed out totaling more than $165,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Past Audience Award winners include Academy Award®-winning THE WHITE HELMETS, LA LA LAND, ROOM, THE IMITATION GAME, THE ARTIST, THE KING’S SPEECH and Academy Award®-nominated I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO and PHILOMENA.


HIFF has a continuing partnership with The New York Film Critics Circle, which sends their critics to attend the Festival every year. The Festival also attracts a wide range of journalists, including the film trades, Oscar bloggers, and local publications, as well as national journalists and New York-based press.

12-YEARS-A-SLAVE12 Years a Slave, dir. Steve McQueen
20th Century Women, dir. Mike Mills
127 Hours, dir. Danny Boyle
3 Backyards, dir. Eric Mendelsohn
45 Years, dir. Andrew Haigh
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector, dir. Vikram Jayanti
Agora, dir. Alejandro Amenábar
Ajami, dir. Scandar Copti & Yaron Shan
American Pastoral, dir. Ewan McGregor
Ammonite, dir. Francis Lee
Anomalisa, dirs. Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Antonia’s Line
, dir. Marleen Gorris
Argo, dir. Ben Affleck
August: Osage County, dir. John Wells
Avenue Montaigne, dir. Daniele Thompson
The Artist, dir. Michel Hazanavicius
Barney’s Version, dir. Richard J. Lewis
Bee Season, dir. Scott McGehee & David Siegel
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, dir. Sidney Lumet
Bernard and Doris, dir. Bob Balaban
Best of Enemies, dirs. Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon
birdman-650Birdman, dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu
Birth, dir. Jonathan Glazer
Black Swan, dir. Darren Aronofsky
Blue is the Warmest Color, dir. Abdellatif Kechiche
Blue Ruin, dir. Jeremy Saulnier
Blue Valentine, dir. Derek Cianfrance
Born to Be Blue, dir. Robert Budreau
Bridge of Spies, dir. Steven Spielberg
Brooklyn, dir. John Crowley
The Bully Project, dir. Lee Hirsch
Call Me By Your Name, dir. Luca Guadagnino
Can You Ever Forgive Me?, dir. Marielle Heller
Capernaum, dir. Nadine Labaki
Carol, dir. Todd Haynes
Casino Jack, dir. George Hickenlooper
Charlie Victor Romeo, dir. Robert Berger, Patrick Daniels, Karlyn Michelson
Christine, Antonio Campos
City of Life and Death, dir. Lu Chuan
Clouds of Sils Maria, dir. Olivier Assayas
Code Black, dir. Ryan McGarry
Cold War, dir. Pawil Pawlikowski
Collective, dir. Alexander Nanau
The Company Men, dir. John Wells
The Cooler, dir. Wayne Kramer
Carol-650Croupier, dir. Mike Hodges
Coriolanus, dir. Ralph Fiennes
Darkest Hour, dir. Joe Wright
The Debt, dir. John Madden
The Descendants, dir. Alexander Payne
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, dir. Julian Schnabel
El Crimen del Padre Amaro, dir. Carlos Carrera
Elf, dir. Jon Favreau
Experimenter, dir. Michael Almereyda
A Fantastic Woman, dir. Sebastián Lelio
Fair Game, dir. Doug Liman
The Favourite, dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
The Fog of War, dir. Errol Morris
The Fountain, dir. Darren Aronofsky
Foxcatcher, dir. Bennett Miller
Get Out, dir. Jordan Peele
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, dir. Daniel Alfredson
Girl With A Pearl Earring, dir. Peter Weber
Gods and Monsters, dir. Bill Condon
The Greatest, dir. Shana Feste
Room-650Green Book, dir. Peter Farrelly
The Hawk is Dying, dir. Julian Goldberger
He Named Me Malala, dir. Davis Guggenheim
Heavenly Creatures, dir. Peter Jackson
Her, dir. Spike Jonze
The Homesman, dir. Tommy Lee Jones
Hotel Rwanda, dir. Terry George
The Human Stain, dir. Robert Benton
I Saw the Light, dir. Marc Abraham
I, Tonya, dir. Craig Gillespie
Icarus, dirs. Bryan Fogel & Dan Cogan

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, dir. Terry Gilliam
The Invisible Woman, dir. Ralph Fiennes
I Tonya 650James White, dir. Josh Mond
Jeff, Who Lives at Home, dir. Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass
Jiro Dreams of Sushi, dir. David Gelb
Jesus’ Son, dir. Alison Maclean
Judy Berlin, dir. Eric Mendelsohn
Julieta, dir. Pedro Almodovar
The Kid With a Bike, dir. Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Kill Your Darlings, dir. John Krokidas
The King’s Speech, dir. Tom Hooper
Kings speech 650Kinsey, dir. Bill Condon
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, dir. Shane Black
Krisha, dir. Trey Edward Shults
La La Land, dir. Damien Chazelle

Labor Day, dir. Jason Reitman
The Lady in the Van, dir. Nicholas Hytner
Laggies, dir. Lynn Shelton
The Last Five Years, dir. Richard LaGravenese
Learning to Drive, dir. Isabel Coixet
Lemon Tree, dir. Eran Riklis
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, dir. Aviva Kempner
Like Crazy, dir. Drake Doremus
Lion, dir. Garth Davis
Living Out Loud, dir. Richard LaGravenese
Louder Than Bombs, dir. Joachim Trier
Loving, dir. Jeff Nichols
Macbeth, dir. Justin Kurzel
Made in Dagenham, dir. Nigel Cole
Manchester By the Sea, dir. Kenneth Lonergan
Martha Marcy May Marlene, dir. Sean Durkin
Meadowland, dir. Reed Morano
Melancholia, dir. Lars von Trier
The Messenger, dir. Oren Moverman
Minari, dir. Lee Isaac Chung
The Misfortunates, dir. Felix van Groeningen
Mondovino, dir. Jonathan Nossiter
Monsieur Ibrahim, dir. Francois Dupeyron
moonlight-650Moonlight, dir. Barry Jenkins
My Architect, dir. Nathaniel Kahn
My Week with Marilyn, dir. Simon Curtis
Nebraska, dir. Alexander Payne
Never Look Away, dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Nightcrawler, dir. Tony Gilroy
No Man’s Land, dir. Danis Tanovic
Nomadland, dir. Chloe Zhao
Nowhere in Africa, dir. Caroline Link
One Night in Miami, dir. Regina King
Open Water, dir. Chris Kentis
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, dir. Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger
The Past, dir. Asghar Farhadi
Philomena, dir. Stephen Frears
The Piano, dir. Jane Campion
Pina 3D, dir. Wim Wenders
Pollock, dir. Ed Harris
Philomena-600Rabbit a la Berlin, dir. Bartek Konopka
Rabbit-Proof Fence, dir. Phillip Noyce
Roma, dir. Alfonso Cuarón
Room, dir. Lenny Abrahamson
A Royal Night Out, dir. Julian Jarrold
The Rum Diary, dir. Bruce Robinson
The Savages, dir. Tamara Jenkins
The Selfish Giant, dir. Clio Barnard
Searching for Sugarman, dir. Malik Bendjelloul
Shame, dir. Steve McQueen
The Shape of Water, dir. Guillermo del Toro
Shoplifters, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda
The Shore, dir. Terry George
Three Billboards Day 04_118.dngSilver Linings Playbook, dir. David O. Russell
Slumdog Millionaire, dir. Danny Boyle
Solitary Man, dir. Brian Koppelman & David Levien
Son of Saul, dir. László Nemes
Song OneKate Barker-Froyland
The Song of Sparrows, dir. Majid Majidi
Songcatcher, dir. Maggie Greenwald
Sound of Metal, dir. Darius Marder
Spotlight, dir. Tom McCarthy
The Square, dir. Jehane Noujaim
Spotlight-650Starting out in the Evening, dir. Andrew Wagner
State and Main, dir. David Mamet
St. Vincent, dir. Theodore Melfi
Still Alice, dirs. Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
Suffragette, dir. Sarah Gavron
Synechdoche, New York, dir. Charlie Kauffman
Tango, dir. Carlos Saura
Taxi to the Dark Side, dir. Alex Gibney
Teeth, dir. Mitchell Lichtenstein
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, dir. Martin McDonagh
Tim’s Vermeer, dir. Teller
Time Out of Mind, dir. Oren Moverman
The Triplets of Belleville, dir. Sylvain Chomet
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, dir. Lucy Walker
Turn the River, dir. Chris Eigeman
Two Days, One Night, dirs: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Two Lovers, dir. James Gray
Still-Alice-650Truth, dir. James Vanderbilt
The Uncondemned, dirs. Michele Mitchell, Nick Louvel
Undefeated, dirs. Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin
Up in the Air, dir. Jason Reitman
Valentino: The Last Emperor, dir. Matt Tyrnauer
The Walker, dir. Paul Schrader
War Witch, dir. Kim Nguyen
We Need to Talk About Kevin, dir. Lynne Ramsay
When I Live My Life Over Again, dir. Robert Edwards
Where to Invade Next, dir. Michael Moore
Wild, dir. Jean-Marc Vallée
Without, dir. Mark Jackson
The Weather Man, dir. Gore Verbinski
Who The $#%& is Jackson Pollock?, dir. Harry Moses
Why We Fight, dir. Eugene Jarecki
The Wrestler, dir. Darren Aronofsky
The Young Victoria, dir. Jean-Marc Vallée
Youth, dir. Paolo Sorrentino

Our virtual guests at the 2020 Festival included A Conversation With participants Kate Winslet, Lee Isaac Chung and Leslie Odom, Jr.

Past guests include:

Christopher Abbott
Danny Aiello
Alan Alda
Jason Alexander
Mahershala Ali
Joan Allen
Robert Altman
Julie Andrews
Michael Apted
Darren Aronofsky
Kevin Bacon
David Bailey
Dylan Baker
Alec Baldwin
Billy Baldwin
Michael Barker
Ned Beatty
Harry Belafonte
Jamie Bell
Maria Bello
Annette Bening
Marisa Berenson
Tim Bevan
Jason Blum
Emily Blunt
Helena Bonham Carter
Christie Brinkley
Matthew Broderick
Emily Browning
Ellen Burstyn
Carter Burwell
Steve Buscemi
Dick Cavett
Timothée Chalamet
Chevy Chase
Hong Chau
Patricia Clarkson
Joel & Ethan Coen
Betty Comden
Harry Connick, Jr.
Kevin Connolly
Wes Craven
James Cromwell
Alan Cumming
Richard Curtis
Simon Curtis
Tim Daly
Blythe Danner
Paul Dano
Hope Davis
Anna Deavere Smith
Dane DeHaan
Guillermo Del Toro
Bruce Dern
Laura Dern
Daveed Diggs
Martin Donovan
Illeana Douglas
David Duchovny
Faye Dunaway
Mark & Jay Duplass
Aaron Eckhart
Raul Esparza
Edie Falco
Jon Favreau
Eric Fellner
Ralph Fiennes
Bobby Flay
Will Forte
Jonathan Franzen
Morgan Freeman
Jennifer Garner
Steven Gaydos
Richard Gere
Heather Graham
Armie Hammer
Marcia Gay Harden
Mariska Hargitay
Ed Harris
Patrick Harrison
Todd Haynes
Scott Haze
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Holly Hunter
William Hurt
Famke Janssen
Richard Jenkins
Billy Joel
Quincy Jones
Spike Jonze
Daniel Kaluuya
Alex Karpovsky
Harvey Keitel
Calvin Klein
Diane Kruger
Richard LaGravenese
Anthony LaPaglia
Brie Larson
Ralph Lauren
James Lipton
Josh Lucas
Ralph Macchio
Danielle Macdonald
Virginia Madsen
Thomas Mann
Kate Mara
Rooney Mara
Stephanie March
Tom McCarthy
Ezra Miller
Penelope Anne Miller
Matthew Modine
Gretchen Mol
Maika Monroe
Julianne Moore
Michael Moore
David Morse
Samantha Morton
Elisabeth Moss
Oren Moverman
Stephen Moyer
Bridget Moynahan
Bill Murray
Mira Nair
Kumail Nanjiani
Patricia Neal
Tom Noonan
Edward Norton
Ashley Olsen
Haley Joel Osment
David Oyelowo
Jordan Peele
I.M. Pei
Rosie Perez
Itzhak Perlman
Joaquin Phoenix
Bill Plympton
Bel Powley
Dennis Quaid
Aidan Quinn
Tom Quinn
Dan Rather
Rob Reiner
Miranda Richardson
Kelly Ripa
Emma Roberts
Margot Robbie
Sam Rockwell
Isabella Rossellini
Emmy Rossum
Gena Rowlands
Mercedes Ruehl
Mark Ruffalo
Keri Russell
Amy Ryan
Susan Sarandon
James Schamus
Liev Schreiber
Joel Schumacher
Martin Scorsese
Campbell Scott
Kyra Sedgwick
Andy Serkis
Ally Sheedy
Alexander Skarsgard
John Slattery
Steven Soderbergh
Todd Solondz
Steven Spielberg
Keith Stanfield
Paprika Steen
Martha Stewart
Patrick Stewart
Sharon Stone
Hilary Swank
Charlize Theron
Jennifer Tilly
Kathleen Turner
Christine Vachon
Grace van Patten
Bria Vinaite
Paula Wagner
Rufus Wainwright
Lucy Walker
John Waters
Bruce Weber
Wim Wenders
Allison Williams
Gary Winick
Shailene Woodley
Faye Wray
Edgar Wright
Joe Wright
Anton Yelchin
Renee Zellweger