About Programs Initiatives

About HamptonsFilm

32 Years and Counting

HamptonsFilm, a non-profit founded in 1992, established as one of the most influential film festivals around the globe, has offered year-round screenings, talks and educational programs since its inception.

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 non-profit organization with year-round screenings of global narrative and documentary films, a screenwriters lab, and extensive educational initiatives, HamptonsFilm produces 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. 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.

Celebrate Film

Year-Round Programs

HamptonsFilm presents a variety of ongoing film series throughout the year. From our Screenwriters Lab to our annual deep dive into the nonfiction form each summer with SummerDocs, to a robust slate of members-only screenings and special presentations every month of the year, HamptonsFilm has something for cinephiles of all stripes.


Explore these celebrated and distinctive programs unique to HIFF: Conflict & Resolution; Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights; Air, Land & Sea; Views From Long Island; and our longstanding partnership with New York Women in Film & Television.


An intimate gathering to develop emerging screenwriting talent by pairing established writers and creative producers with up-and-coming screenwriters to develop their scripts.


Board member Alec Baldwin has celebrated documentaries every summer since 2009 with award-winning films and post-screening conversations with the directors and their subjects.

Empower Students

Hiff Jr. Educational Initiatives

Education has been a hallmark program for HamptonsFilm since the very first year, 1992.
From summer filmmaking workshops to year-round in-school screenings, HIFF Jr.
empowers students to recognize film as a medium for creative expression.


Local, middle, and high school students participate in the annual film festival to view short films made by international youth on diversity, migration, inclusion and human rights.


Every summer, students ages 8-15 create their own short films in one week, while learning screenwriting, directing, acting, producing and editing from industry professionals.


A graduating senior in each of the Hamptons five high schools receive a $1000 cash scholarship, provided thanks to underwriting by The Hilaria & Alec Baldwin Foundation.


The HIFF Jr initiative produces programs for students of all ages year-round. These courses allow them to freely express their thoughts through the medium of film.