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. The 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place October 13-17, 2011.
FESTIVAL HISTORY Now entering its 19th year, The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to provide a forum for independent filmmakers from around the world to express their vision. The Festival is traditionally held for five days in mid-October in theatre venues from Montauk to Southampton and attracts roughly 18,000 visitors annually. At least twenty countries are represented in the slate of roughly 100 films that are showcased each year, with an awards package worth over $200,000. The festival continues to play a part in the awards season, with the 2010 edition earning a total of 30 Academy Award nominations (THE KING'S SPEECH, BLACK SWAN, 127 HOURS, TOY STORY 3). The 2010 edition also featured eventual Best Picture winners of the Academy Award (THE KING'S SPEECH), Golden Globe (THE KING'S SPEECH) and Independent Spirit Award (BLACK SWAN) .
In addition to short films (for which we are an Academy-qualifying festival), documentaries and narratives, the Festival offers special presentations such as; a Breakthrough Performers program, which showcases up-and-coming acting talent (past participants include Rooney Mara, Emmy Rossum, Emily Blunt, and Blake Lively); "A Conversation With...", an intimate Q&A session with a film luminary (past participants include Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Sharon Stone, Steve Buscemi, Alan Alda, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances McDormand, Sidney Lumet, Julian Schnabel, Isabella Rossellini, Gena Rowlands, Robert Altman, and Marty Bregman); and Films of Conflict & Resolution, which utilizes the power of cinema to increase understanding of the human realities of war and conflict. The festival maintains a presence year round with other events as well such as screenings out east and in the city, and its annual Screenwriters Lab. The Lab (April 15-17), which has commenced its 11th edition, develops emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers with up-and-coming screenwriters (chosen by the festival in collaboration with key industry contacts).
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