Hamptons Film Fest Celebrates Record Oscar Nominations, 25th Anniversary

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in "Loving"
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in “Loving”

As the Hamptons International Film Festival enters its 25th year, the festival is celebrating this month with a record 45 Oscar nominations for films that screened at last October’s festival.

Among the nominated films are “La La Land,” “Loving,” “Moonlight,” “20th Century Women,” “Blind Vaysha,” “Fire At Sea,” “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Joe’s Violin,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea,” The Red Turtle,” “The Salesman,” “Timecode,” “Toni Erdmann” and “The White Helmets.”

The recipients of the three HIFF Audience Awards — “La La Land,” “I Am Not Your Negro” and “The White Helmets” — also received nominations for Best Picture, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Documentary – Short Subject, respectively.

The film festival is celebrating its 25th year with screenings of films from the past 25 years in the Hamptons, Palm Beach, New York City, and Los Angeles, leading up to one final screening and Lifetime Achievement Award presentation before the annual October festival.

The festival  will also present its rescheduled Winter Classic,”To Kill a Mockingbird,” on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The film will be presented by festival Co-Chair Alec Baldwin and the festival’s Artistic Director, David Nugent, who will host a conversation about the film following the screening.

The 25 Years: 25 Films series will kick off on February 17th at Guild Hall in East Hampton with a screening of “The Piano” from 1993, and then heads to Palm Beach on Feb. 23 for “Black Swan” from 2010. Filmmakers and special guests will participate in conversations at many of these events.

“We thought this would be a great opportunity to bring some of the best films of the last 25 years to moviegoers around the country,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson. “While our hearts are in the Hamptons, our mission is to share great narratives and documentaries with our film-loving supporters everywhere.”

“The festival has seen 24 years of unforgettable films from both first-time directors, as well as recognized masters,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent. “To look back on the works that made the festival so enticing is to recognize a quarter-century of incredible cinema.”

The full list of films is below. We will include the dates, locations and times of the screenings in our film listings when they are announced.

1993 | The Piano – The Hamptons
2010 | Black Swan – Palm Beach – Presented by The Norton Museum of Art and The Breakers Palm Beach
2016 | I Am Not Your Negro – The Hamptons
1997 | Winter Guest – The Hamptons
1996 | Gray’s Anatomy – The Hamptons

1998 | The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg – The Hamptons
1994 | Heavenly Creatures – NYC
1999 | Judy Berlin – The Hamptons
2002 | Nowhere in Africa – The Hamptons
2004 | Kinsey – The Hamptons
2001 | No Man’s Land – The Hamptons
2014 | Still Alice – The Hamptons
1995 | Last Summer in the Hamptons – The Hamptons

2012 | Searching for Sugarman – NYC
2013 | 20 Feet from Stardom – LA
2009 | The Cove – The Hamptons
2015 | Embrace of the Serpent – The Hamptons
2007 | The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – NYC
2008 | Slumdog Millionaire – The Hamptons
2005 | Boynton Beach Club – The Hamptons
2006 | The Fountain – The Hamptons
2003 | Open Water – The Hamptons
2011 | The Artist – The Hamptons
2000 | Pollock – The Hamptons

The 25th annual Hamptons International Film Festival will take place over Columbus Day Weekend: Oct. 5 through 9, 2017.


Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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