Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF)

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF)
SINCE: 1993
WHERE: East Hampton, New York
WEBSITE: www.hamptonsfilmfest.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate Independent film—long, short, fiction and documentary—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 will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.

WILD with Laura Dern, FOXCATCHER with Mark Ruffalo, Added to Hamptons Film Festival; Festival Unveils “Conflict & Resolution” Program Film Lineup

WILD with Laura Dern, FOXCATCHER with Mark Ruffalo, Added to Hamptons Film Festival; Festival Unveils “Conflict & Resolution” Program Film Lineup

WILDWILD

Academy award nominee Jean-Marc Vallée’s WILD will have its East Coast Premiere as the Southampton opener of the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival, on Friday, October 10th. Academy Award-nominated actress Laura Dern will be in attendance for the Kaufman Astoria Studios sponsored premiere and will also participate in HIFF’s signature program “A Conversation With…” on Saturday, October 11th at Bay Street. Vallée will attend the festival on behalf of the film as well. Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon stars in this superb adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling 2012 memoir. Devastated by the death of her mother (Laura Dern), Strayed spirals toward self-destruction, ending her marriage and eventually becoming addicted to heroin. Four years later, seeking to leave her scars behind, she embarks on a life-changing journey: a solo, 1,000-mile plus hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Vallée’s follow-up to DALLAS BUYERS CLUB is an inspiring voyage of pain and discovery, anchored by Witherspoon’s great performance and aided by a terrific supporting cast that includes Laura Dern. The film will be released by Fox Searchlight on December 5, 2014.

20 Films Selected for 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival’s Golden Starfish Competition + Hilary Swank and Joel Schumacher Confirmed for “A Conversation With…”

20 Films Selected for 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival’s Golden Starfish Competition + Hilary Swank and Joel Schumacher Confirmed for “A Conversation With…”

GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEMGETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced more of its extensive lineup of signature programs for the 22nd annual festival. Since the festival’s inception, “A Conversation With…” has been an integral part of HIFF, and this year Hilary Swank and Joel Schumacher will participate in individual talks as part of the annual program. In another signature program, 20 films have been selected for this year’s Golden Starfish competition, including the US premieres of Melanie Laurent’s BREATHE, Gabriel Mascaro’s AUGUST WINDS, and Tamara Erde’s THIS IS MY LAND, and the East Coast premieres of Peter Strickland’s THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY and Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz’s GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM. HIFF will take place on Columbus Day Weekend, from October 9-13.

THE HOMESMAN Directed by Tommy Lee Jones and Starring Hilary Swank is Centerpiece Film for 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival

THE HOMESMAN Directed by Tommy Lee Jones and Starring Hilary Swank is Centerpiece Film for 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival

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THE HOMESMAN starring Hilary Swank will be the Centerpiece film  of the 22nd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival held over Columbus Day  Weekend, October 9-13, 2014.  Hilary Swank will attend the film’s premiere and will participate in the festival’s signature program “A Conversation With…”  The festival revealed its “Views from Long Island” section, which focuses on local filmmakers and films with geographic ties to the Hamptons, along with one of its most famous local filmmakers, Bob Balaban, who is this year’s Honorary Chairman.

‘THE SELFISH GIANT’, ‘CODE BLACK’ Winners of 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival

‘THE SELFISH GIANT’, ‘CODE BLACK’ Winners of 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival

THE SELFISH GIANT, directed by Clio BarnardTHE SELFISH GIANT, directed by Clio Barnard

THE SELFISH GIANT, directed by Clio Barnard is the winner of the Golden Starfish Award for Best Narrative Feature Film at the 21st annual Hamptons International Film Festival. THE SELFISH GIANT is described as a contemporary fable about 13 year old Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Excluded from school and outsiders in their own neighborhood, the two boys meet Kitten (Sean Gilder), a local scrapdealer––the Selfish Giant. Arbor emulates Kitten, keen to impress him and make some money. However, Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded and driving a wedge between the boys. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary Feature Film went to CODE BLACK, directed by Ryan McGarry, M.D. CODE BLACK follows a group of young doctors as they grapple with the divide between their idealistic expectations and the realities of a heavily bureaucratic system.The 21st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival took place October 10 to 14, 2013.

More Films Announced For Hamptons Film Festival Incl. “ABOUT TIME”, “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY “

More Films Announced For Hamptons Film Festival Incl. “ABOUT TIME”, “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY “

 ABOUT TIMEABOUT TIME

More films announced for the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF). Director Richard Curtis’ ABOUT TIME will be the Southampton opener on Friday, October 11th and Saturday’s Centerpiece Film is AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY directed by John Wells.  The Spotlight films include: BREATHE IN, FREE RIDE, HER, LABOR DAY, LOUDER THAN WORDS, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, THE PAST and CAPITAL.This year the festival will pay special tribute to Oscar Award winning director Costa-Gavras before the screening of his latest film CAPITAL.

Hamptons International Film Festival Awards Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize to “DECODING ANNIE PARKER”; Announces 2013 Competition Lineup

Hamptons International Film Festival Awards Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize to “DECODING ANNIE PARKER”; Announces 2013 Competition Lineup

 Helen Hunt in DECODING ANNIE PARKERHelen Hunt in DECODING ANNIE PARKER

The 21st Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) will take place this year from October 10th to 14th, 2013, and announced its lineup of signature programs which includes “A Conversation With…” Helena Bonham Carter and Bruce Dern, The Alfred P. Sloan film prize awarded to DECODING ANNIE PARKER, the Conflict & Resolution Award winner PLOT FOR PEACE, and the Golden Starfish competition line-up.

Anne Chaisson is New Executive Director of Hamptons International Film Festival

Anne Chaisson is New Executive Director of Hamptons International Film Festival

  The Hamptons International Film Festival announced the appointment of Anne Chaisson as the new executive director. Chaisson, who has long been associated with the Festival, serving as Advisory Co-Chair since 2003, will begin her new post at the end of November. The festival has also promoted David Nugent to artistic director. Nugent has served as director of programming at the festival since 2008. He has also been teaching Documentary film history, and American Independent […]

Review: Lost in Long Island, Audience Award, Best Film at Hamptons Film Fest

Review: Lost in Long Island, Audience Award, Best Film at Hamptons Film Fest

I feel lucky. Of all the films playing at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Fesival, I picked a winner. On Saturday afternoon, along with a packed audience, I saw the film, Hard Times, Lost in Long Island – the Audience Winner for Best Documentary at the festival. The film skillfully documents the lives of Long Islanders in the face of the economic downturn. It follows several Long Island residents who lost their jobs at various […]

REVIEW: To be Heard at the Hamptons Film Festival

REVIEW: To be Heard at the Hamptons Film Festival

‘To be Heard’ was heard loud and clear at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival. The documentary, directed by Roland Legiardi-Laura, Amy Sultan, Deborah Shaffer and Edwin Martinez, played to a very attentive audience.

Shot with casual immediacy over four years, this inspiring and poignant documentary follows three high school friends as they overcome the challenges of daily life in the Bronx through poetry, expressing their personal hopes and frustrations. Empowered by the message of a radical poetry workshop whose motto is, “If you don’t learn to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you,” Anthony, Pearl, and Karina emerge as a group of accomplished, self-aware artists. These teenage friends––the “Tripod,” as they call themselves––use their creativity to alter their circumstances and, ultimately, write their own life stories. {jathumbnail off}

HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND, and THE ARTIST Take The Top Prizes at 2011 Hampton Film Fest

HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND, and THE ARTIST Take The Top Prizes at 2011 Hampton Film Fest

The hometown film, Marc Levin’s HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND, and THE ARTIST directed by Michel Hazanavicius took the audience awards tonight at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival.

HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND follows a group of Long Island residents as they courageously describe the effect that their long time unemployed status has had on their families, finances, and ultimately their American dream; and THE ARTIST is a  comedic tribute to silent film starring Jean Dujardin.  {jathumbnail off}

Reviews of OK, Enough Goodbye and Scenes of a Crime at 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

Reviews of OK, Enough Goodbye and Scenes of a Crime at 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

The 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival continues through Monday, October 17, 2011, but Saturday proved to be a very popular day for festival goers. With a packed day of screenings, it was frustrating because many of the great films and events (like TV channels) all seem to be happening at the same time, so it was really hard to pick and choose.

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My Week With Marilyn Added to 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

My Week With Marilyn Added to 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

The new drama film, My Week With Marilyn has just been added to the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival lineup. The film screens Saturday, October 16th at Guild Hall. My Week With Marilyn is directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges; and stars Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh Early in the summer of 1956, American film star Marilyn Monroe set foot on British soil for the first time. On honeymoon with her husband, […]

The Complete Lineup for 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF)

The Complete Lineup for 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF)

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

The 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival runs from Thursday, October 13th through Monday, October 17th in East Hampton with additional venues in Southampton, Sag Harbor, Westhampton and Montauk, announce its Southampton opener, Spotlight Films, the World Cinema Section and the films in this year’s Competition. 

HIFF will kick-off in Southampton, on Friday, October 14th with The Weinstein Company’s dark comedy Butter starring Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Ty Burrell, Yara Shahidi, Hugh Jackman and Alicia Silverstone.  

The Festival’s Opening Night Film on Thursday, October 13th is the Jason Segel and Susan Sarandon heartwarming comedy Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Closing Night Film is the Cannes Film Festival critics’ darling The Artist and the Centerpiece Film is winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Like Crazy.  

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The Artist to close 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

The Artist to close 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival

The Artist

The Artist, a Weinstein Company release, will screen at Guild Hall in East Hampton on October 16th as the Closing Night Film of the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF)

The Artist is set in Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies.  The Artist stars Jean Dujardin, winner of this year’s Cannes Film Festival 2011 Best Actor award on behalf of the film, along with Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle and Penelope Ann Miller. Film is penned, produced and directed by Michel Hazanavicius. The Weinstein Company plans a November 23, 2011 release.{jathumbnail off}

The 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival Announces 2011 Dates

The 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival Announces 2011 Dates

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced this year’s festival dates, Thursday, October 13 – Monday, October 17, 2011. The festival, which is usually held over Columbus Day Weekend, is launching one week later in 2011 in order to honor Yom Kippur, which falls during Columbus Day Weekend this year. HIFF plans to return to its regular Columbus Day Weekend dates in 2012 (October 4 – 8, 2012) to celebrate its 20th Anniversary. “We are […]