Southampton Center partners with HIFF to bring classic and contemporary films to Southampton Village

Featuring Classics and Sneak Peeks of New Films, FILM @ Southampton Center Kicks Off July 12

This summer just got even hotter! Starting on July 12, The Hamptons International Film Festival and the Southampton Center (located at 25 Jobs Lane, in the heart of Southampton Village) will co-present the inaugural season of FILM@Southampton Center.

Featuring a lineup that includes classic favorites and sneak peeks of highly anticipated independent films, FILM @ Southampton Center will take place outdoors on Friday nights — July 12 to August 23 — and indoors on select Saturdays in July and August. What’s more, all FILM @ Southampton are *free* and open to the public!

“We are thrilled to present FILM @ Southampton Center in partnership with The Hamptons International Film Festival,” said J. Whitney Stevens, Southampton Center Board Chair.  “We cannot think of a more natural partner for this program and look forward to a long relationship with The Hamptons International Film Festival. This is an opportunity to offer Southampton a diverse lineup of quality independent film, crowd-pleasing classics and family entertainment.”

Anne Chaisson, Hamptons International Film Festival Director, concurs: “For nearly 10 years, The Hamptons International Film Festival has been showcasing high profile and independent films at the UA Theater during our festival in October. We have long wanted to create programs from Montauk to Southampton, and with this partnership, our dream of showcasing film, expanding our educational program, as well as producing our signature ‘Conversations with’ throughout the year can finally become reality.”

So what’s in store? Let’s start with the Fridays Outdoor Movies Under the Stars. Join us on the beautiful Arboretum Lawn of Southampton Center — the films start at sunset (unless otherwise noted, approximately 8:30 pm), but make a night of it with blankets, beach chairs, and a picnic. If it rains, we’ll move indoors, where seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Fridays Outdoor Movies Under the Stars


Chasing Ice


Directed by Jeff Orlowski
75 Min / Rated PG-13 / Documentary
Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.


Running Wild


Directed by Suzanne Mitchell 93 Min / Rated PG / Documentary
This inspiring journey is the story of a remarkable cowboy who triumphs in his quest to protect and preserve America’s western horses. Winner of the 2013 Sarasota Film Festival Audience Award.


Wreck-It Ralph


Directed By Rich Moore
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
108 Min / Rated PG / Animated
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Come early! At 7:00 pm, storyteller LuAnn Adams will bring stories ‘to life’ with visuals, puppets, music and lots of audience participation. For families with children ages 4-12.

Safety Last (1923)


Directed by Fred C Newmeyer and Sam Taylor; Cast: Harold Lloyd
In this recently restored B&W silent classic, a small time department store clerk (Lloyd) seeks for a big pay day by performing an incredible promotional stunt in the hopes of attracting customers and impressing his girlfriend.
Silent film, presented with Live Piano accompaniment

aint them bodies saints


Directed by David Lowery
Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster
105 Min / Rated R / Drama
The timeless tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. Official Selection Cannes Film Festival, winner of the Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival.


AUGUST 16 – **starts at 9:30PM**: JAWS (1975)

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss
124 Min / Rated R / Classic
Three men set out to stop a great white shark from terrorizing their idyllic town.




Directed by Dana Brown
87 Min / Rated PG / Documentary
In this stunningly photographed documentary, world class surfers travel the globe to find and conquer the biggest, most dangerous waves on the planet.


Saturdays Inside at Southampton Center Theater at 7:30PM


And we’ll be moving inside the Southampton Center for the Saturdays Inside series, also free, featuring sneak previews of some of the most highly anticipated independent films of the coming months. (Parents, beware: most films contain adult content.) Doors open at the Southampton Center each Saturday at 7:00 pm, and the films will screen at 7:30 pm. Please note that seating is limited; admission is on a first come, first served basis.

Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond In 'Blue Caprice' 2013


Directed By Alexandre Moors
Cast: Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond
94 Min / Rated R / Drama
Inspired by true events, BLUE CAPRICE investigates the notorious and horrific Beltway sniper attacks from the point of view of the two killers, whose distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across America. An Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival and Opening Night Film at New Directors/New Films at MoMA & The Film Society Of Lincoln Center.


Directed By David Gordon Green Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch
94 Min / Rated R / Drama
Two highway workers spend the summer of 1988 painting isolated roads in the woods, where they find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. Winner of Best Director at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

Drinking Buddies


Directed by Joe Swanberg
Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston
90 Min / Rated R / Comedy
When two co-workers at a craft brewery share a flirtatious attraction despite their significant others, a drunken weekend alone provides clarity to their situation. Official Selection of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.

Come early! At 6:00pm, Southampton Publick House will host a FREE pre-screening Beer Tasting at Southampton Center.

Short Term 12


Directed by Destin Cretton
Cast: Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr.
96 Min / Rated R / Drama
A young couple experiences the trials and triumphs of working together at a foster care facility for troubled teens. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.

We hope you’ll join us for this unprecedented summer of movies! (And don’t forget the SummerDocs Series, going on now.)

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SummerDocs announced!

Get your tickets for the 5th Annual SummerDocs film series!
In partnership with BEACH Magazine, the first two screenings announced below.

Saturday, June 15, 8:30pm  
Directed by Morgan Neville
Presented by Wall Street Journal

Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, award-winning director Morgan Neville’s TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM is a tribute to the unsung, yet unmistakable voices of the backup singers which brought shape and style to popular music over the years.

UPDATE: due to unforeseen circumstances, Darlene Love will no longer attend the screening of TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM. We are very excited to announce that Lisa Fischer, who stars in the film as well, will attend the screening for a Q&A with Dick Cavett and a performance.

Get your tickets now

Friday, July 5, 8:00pm
Directed by Josh Fox
Presented by HBO Documentary

GASLAND PART II, the provocative follow-up to Josh Fox’s 2011 Academy Award-
nominated documentary GASLAND, examines the method of extracting natural gas and oil known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” one of the most controversial environmental issues facing our country today. With his trademark dark humor and tenacity, Fox’s newest effort demonstrates how the stakes have been raised, piercing the prevailing myths by arguing how and why fracked wells inevitably leak over time. The iconic imaginates the water and air, hurts families, and endangers the earth’s climate. Josh Fox and environmental experts will participate in a Q&A moderated by Alec Baldwin.
Get your tickets now.

Look for an annoucement of the next two SummerDocs, August 12th & 30th, in early July. 

Photo: Twenty Feet from Stardom

HIFF 2013 Screenwriters' Lab Mentors & Participants, and Sloan Discretionary Fund Recipient

The Hamptons International Film Festival announces the mentors and participants for the 2013 Screenwriters’ Lab and the recipient of the $75,000 Discretionary Fund through the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, attributed to Casey Cooper Johnson for UNMANNED.
For more information, please click here.


SHORT TERM 12, from our 2011 Screenwriters Lab received the Narrative Feature Grand Jury Award at SXSW. The film was written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

The 2013 Screenwriters’Lab will take place April 12-14 in East Hampton.
Selected projects and mentors will be announced next week.

Congratulations to last night's Oscar winners!

HIFF would like to congratulate all the winners, and highlight the 7 wins listed below that came from films in our 20th edition and our SummerDocs series. We are also honored that our Centerpiece film ARGO won Best Picture. This represents the 4th time in the last 5 years that the Hamptons International Film Festival has screened the eventual Best Picture Winner.

Best Picture: ARGO

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK 

Foreign Language Film: AMOUR

Documentary Feature: SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN 

Animated Short Film: PAPERMAN

Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, ARGO

Film Editing: ARGO

We are also proud to have worked closely with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science to honor the wonderful costume designer Ann Roth during HIFF 2012.

HIFF announces 2013 Honorary Chairman, Shaun Woodward

Shaun Woodward was a Senior Cabinet Minister (and formerly Arts and Film Minister) in the last Labour Government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. His career began in the BBC as a television journalist and producer. For the last fifteen years Shaun has been a Member of the British Parliament He has served on numerous Boards and charities; has been closely involved with the Arts since his time at Cambridge University.

Shaun Woodward concluded the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland for the British Government in 2010. He was the Labour Government’s longest serving Secretary of State in Northern Ireland, leading the negotiations for the British Government to complete the last part of the political and peace process with the devolution of policing and justice powers in 2010.  He remains a serving Member of Parliament.

Shaun began his career in television journalism. He was a producer and documentary film maker for the BBC ( Newsnight and Panorama ) and the Editor of That’s Life! He has taught at London University ( Queen Mary and Westfield College ) and at Harvard ( Institute of Politics. )

M. Woodward was Director of Communications for Prime Minister John Major for the 1992 General Election. Elected as a Conservative MP in 1997, he crossed the floor of the House of Commons in 1999. In 2001 he was re-elected as Labour MP for St Helens South. In Parliament, Shaun has served on the Foreign Affairs, EU Scrutiny and the Human Rights Select Committees.

M. Woodward has been a Trustee of numerous charities including Deputy Chairman of ChildLine, Chairman of Understanding Industry, English National Opera and Chairman of ENO’s Redevelopment Campaign. He recently became a Trustee of the Human Dignity Trust, working to promote equality by the application of international human rights law in those 82 countries of the world that continue to criminalize identity. He also is a Board Member of the Hamptons International Film Festival, where Shaun now succeeds Alec Baldwin as Honorary Chair.

M. Woodward was educated at Bristol Grammar School and Cambridge University, with a First in English Literature. He is the co-author of three books, including a best seller on addiction to tranquillizers.


2013 Submissions are Open!

The 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival, taking place October 10-14, is now open for submissions online through Withoutabox ( Our Early Bird deadline is April 8th.


Anne Chaisson to Lead HIFF, David Nugent promoted to Artistic Director

The Hamptons International Film Festival has 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.

“I am humbled and honored to be taking over the helm of an organization that I have been affiliated with for over a decade and in a place where I’ve worked, lived and played for even double that time,” said Chaisson.  “I truly consider the Hamptons home and look forward to working closely with the board, David in his new role, staff and most importantly, the community and long time supporters that have made the festival a success for the last 20 years.”

Chaisson, also a producer with credits including 2002 outing ROGER DODGER as well as P.S.DIGGERS and ROCKSTEADY. As a fundraiser she’s worked with organizations including Film Society of Lincoln Center and Nantucket Film Festival.

“Having Anne onboard seems like a natural progression of events.” Said Hamptons International Film Festival Chairman Stuart Match Suna.   “She has been such an integral part of the Festival for the past ten years and we are thrilled to have her here full time.  Anne’s broad background in production, business and film education make her an incredible asset the Festival and I look forward to watching it flourish under her direction.”  

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 film history at The New School since 2004. He has been a member of the selection committee for the Gotham Awards and Cinema Eye Awards, and a panelist at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Working with HIFF over the past five years has been an incredible experience and I am very much looking forward to continuing the growth and artistic direction in my new roll.”  Said Nugent.  “I have worked with Anne over the years, and look forward to taking the festival to the next level.”

Founded in 1993, HIFF has in recent years aimed to position itself as a vital stop on the awards circuit, also raising its profile with year-round local programming as well as affiliated events in New York City. The Festival wrapped its 20th annual edition in October with a slate that included SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and ARGO.

VIDEO: A Tribute to Ann Roth

Watch the exclusive video of Hampton International Film Festival’s Tribute to Ann Roth from the Red Carpet and inside the intimate event. Friends Meryl Streep, Nathan Lane and Mike Nichols elaborate on the impact of her work as she is presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Costume Design presented by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [Read more...]

Conversation With… Stevie Nicks

The Hamptons International Film Festival had the great honor of spending an hour with the legendary Stevie Nicks this past Sunday… and we’re sharing it with you! Tune in for an hour long discussion and share it! [Read more...]