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Hamptons International Film Festival 2017

Hamptons International Film Festival honored Julie Andrews and Patrick Stewart.

By: Patrick Christiano

October 9, 2017:  The Hamptons International Film Festival, now in its 25th season, was a smashing success over a four-day period from October 5-9 in East Hampton and Sag Harbor, where a diverse range of over 115 films from countries all over the world were screened. Provocative discussions with well-respected film artists, Rob Riener, Patrick Stewart, and Annette Bening, were amongst the festivals highlights, along with the awards.

Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin

Hamptons International Film Festival honored Julie Andrews and Patrick Stewart.

By: Patrick Christiano

October 9, 2017:  The Hamptons International Film Festival, now in its 25th season, was a smashing success over a four-day period from October 5-9 in East Hampton and Sag Harbor, where a diverse range of over 115 films from countries all over the world were screened. Provocative discussions with well-respected film artists, Rob Riener, Patrick Stewart, and Annette Bening, were amongst the festivals highlights, along with the awards.

Rob Riener, Artistic Director HIFF David Nugent
Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Bob Balaban, Artistic Director HIFF David Nugent
Rob Riener

The World Premiere of Alison Chernick’s documentary ITZHAK, an examination of the life and music of Itzhak Perlman, considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest living violinists, opened the festival.  I TONYA directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Margot Robbie, closed the festival. I TONYA is an outrageous and surprising look at the players behind the scenes of the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan leading up to the 1994 Winter Olympics. The revelations that followed the event turned Tonya Harding into one of the most iconic villains in sports history.

In between the opening film on Thursday evening and the closing film on Monday night, the festival presented a non-stop choice of terrific films, events with film makers and parties.


Alec Baldwin, the Festival Board Co-Chair, presented Julie Andrews with a lifetime achievement award and sat down with the icon for an insightful chat afterwards on the stage of Guild Hall in East Hampton. In addition, Patrick Stewart was presented with Variety’s Creative Impact in Acting Award, and Dick Cavett was honored with the inaugural “The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award.”

For 25 years now, the Festival has been bringing the best in cinema from all over the world to the East end of Long Island. David Nugent, HIFF Artistic Director, said “This year’s lineup offered audiences new cinematic worlds through thought-provoking, entertaining, stories.” And Alec Baldwin said, “We wanted to pull out all the stops for the 25th Anniversary.”

Partnering with Variety for the sixth time and the New York Film Critics Circle for the ninth year the festival presented the 2017 awards at a ceremony.

Photography: Barry Gordin

Filmakers  Party with HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson

2017 HIFF WINNERS:

 The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature

UNDER THE TREE, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature sponsored by ID Films

LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE, directed by Gustavo Salmerón

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film

DEKALB ELEMENTARY, directed by Reed Van Dyk

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film sponsored by ID Films

EDITH+EDDIE, directed by Laura Checkoway

Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short Film sponsored by ID Films

COMMODITY CITY, directed by Jessica Kingdon

Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund Award

NOVITIATE, directed by Maggie Betts

Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant

WANDERLAND, directed by Josh Klausner

The 2017 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution
HONDROS, directed by Greg Campbell

The Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award: Dedicated to Those Who Suffer in Silence

THE LAST PIG, directed by Allison Argo

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice

I AM EVIDENCE, Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir & producer Mariska Hargitay

The audience awards, which were announced a day later, went to MR AND MRS ADELMAN, directed by Nicolas Bedos for Narrative Feature, and LOVE, CECIL, directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland for Documentary Feature.  LONG SHOT, directed by Jacob LaMendola won the Audience Award for Best Short Film.