HIFF Now Accepting Submissions

Sally Hawkins in “The Shape of Water.”

Always wanted to be a filmmaker? Now is your chance.

The Hamptons International Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 2019 festival, to be held from October 10 to 14 on the East End, through the online platform Withoutabox.

With four competitive categories — narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short film and documentary short film — and programs in seven non-competitive categories, the festival seeks diverse films made by filmmakers who traverse the globe in order to tell their stories through different cultural styles and experiences, according to a press release.

“New in 2019, a $10,000 award from the Zicherman Family Foundation will be presented to an early-career screenwriter who has demonstrated singular vision and dedication to their craft,” the release said. “This award seeks to both celebrate their current work, as well as encourage the development of future projects.”

HIFF also offers over $165,000 in cash and in-kind awards, and the winners of the two short film competition programs will automatically qualify for the Academy Awards without a standard theatrical run, provided they meet all other Academy requirements.

Previous Academy Award-winning films that screened during HIFF include “The Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Artist,” “Birdman,” “Black Swan,” and others, along with numerous nominated and critically acclaimed films.

The early bird deadline for submission is March 12, followed by the regular deadline on April 16, the late deadline on May 14, and the extended deadline on June 4.

For more information, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org/hiff-2019-submissions.