Hamptons International Film Festival Celebrates 27th Year as Year-Round Programming Kicks Off

Variety | 10/15/2019 | Elizabeth Wagmeister
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If you hopped on the Jitney the past few days, you would have thought it was the height of summer. Despite the chilly mid-October temperatures, film lovers galore headed out east for the 27th annual Hamptons International Film Festival, held in the swanky New York community of the Hamptons.

With 25,000 attendees this year, the festival showcased perhaps its greatest slate of films yet from “Just Mercy,” which kicked off the fest’s opening night, to Martin Scorsese’s Netflix crime film “The Irishman” to Matt Damon and Christian Bale’s “Ford v. Ferrari” and a slew of other festival favorites like “Jojo Rabbit,” “Marriage Story” and “The Report.”

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The Hamptons International Film Festival follows a long festival season from Toronto to Venice to Telluride and Sundance at the beginning of the year, which is where HIFF’s key players start their search for programming and people start to send in films from around the world.

“We really work throughout the summer with a great committee of people, who watch the films with us to pick the ones that we think are the best,” HIFF’s artistic director, David Nugent, tells Variety about the process of selecting films that will be featured during the five-day festival. “The only downside is that we spend a lot of our summer inside watching movies, while other people are taking a break,” he adds with a laugh.

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This year, the festival featured seven world premieres, though the organization’s main motive is not to be a huge premiere-oriented festival. Rather, it prides itself on being a predicting force in awards season, as proven by past years.

“Great films come through here, and we’re the only festival in the world, for nine years running now, who screen the eventual best picture winner,” says Nugent. “It’s been really exciting for us to have that distinction. I think...
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