Film Festival for Movie Buffs Coming!

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel




If you love films and discussions about them, here is the perfect film festival for a weekend getaway on the East End of Long Island. The Hampton International Film Festival’s (HIFF) 26th annual event runs over the Columbus day weekend (October 4-8, 2018). What is this event? HIFF was founded to celebrate the Independent film – long, short, fiction and documentary, and to introduce a unique, varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to the public. 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.

Ardent followers and movie buffs will once again be treated to outstanding films, the chance to see many of the celebrities appearing or directing in them, and the opportunity to attend workshops, lectures and seminars that delve into the world of film making. Over the years the selection committee that accepts films to this prestigious film festival has chosen many that have gone on to become both critically acclaimed and/or commercial successes. Some of the most successful films from the long list include The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, Black Swan, Toy Story 3, Waiting for Superman, Blue Valentine, Made in Dagenham, Miral, Slum Dog Millionaire, and The Artist. Documentaries, shorts and international films are also part of these richly diverse selections which are offered along with special programs such as its “Conversation with…,” the annual Kodak Cinematography Master Class, Breakthrough Performers, Animation Master Class, as well as the attendance of notable talent.

Opening Night Film

Writer/Director Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher will be the Opening Night Film on Thursday October 4th. The film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar, and Gael García Bernal. It tells the story of a kindergarten teacher who seeks to cultivate the poetic talents of one of her students with questionable methods. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Colangelo will both be in attendance at the festival.

With over 100 films offered by HIFF the list is certainly extensive and diverse with enough choices to entice viewers of all ages and tastes. “We are elated to kick off our 26th edition of the festival with a film from one of our Screenwriters Lab alumna and to also announce an eclectic and intriguing first group of films with narratives and themes that are sure to resonate with our audiences,” said David Nugent, Artistic Director of HIFF. “To be able to include so many completed feature films from our prestigious Screenwriters Lab is truly a dream come true, especially for our opening night,” said Anne Chaisson, Executive Director of HIFF. “For eighteen years our lab has mentored over 75 screenwriters, and these three films from female directors offer diverse perspectives and have all garnered critical acclaim this year.”


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September 26, 2018 |

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