Women Gaining Recognition in the HIFF


You wouldn’t think The Hamptons International Film Festival which draws in about 18,000 visitors annual and participation by at least twenty countries was original established as a celebration of independent films.

The festival which is a celebration in various ways is also a platform and medium for independent filmmakers to display their works who often have differing global perspective.

Particular highlights are placed on new filmmakers with a variety of ideas to provide public exposure for the festival materials and creators, but it is also to motivate and enlighten audiences as well.

This year’s 20th celebration had announced its line-up last week with the festival starting from October 4th till October 8th. In the announcement of the slated 84 films so far; 26 of the features alone are directed by women and 3 out of 15 films of the Narrative, Documentary and Short Film category will go on to compete in the Golden Starfish Award Competition.

It seems that there are no stopping women directors these days and rightly so; it is time they deserve the recognition.

The festival will open with Love, Marilyn directed by Liz Garbus.

  • Bay of All Saints – Anne Eastman (Golden Starfish Documentary Competitor)
  • Lore – Cate Shortlant (Golden Starfish Narrative Competitor)
  • Electick – Rebecca Thomas
  • Colombianos – Tora Martens
  • Inch’ Allah – Anais Barbeau-Lavalette
  • Love, Marilyn – Liz Garbus
  • Simon and the Oaks – Lisa Ohlin
  • Refuge – Jessica Goldberg
  • Future Weather – Jenny Deller
  • Brooklyn Castle – Katie Dellamaggiore
  • Citizen Hearst – Leslie Iwerks
  • In Your Dreams – Stevie Nicks
  • The Standbys – Stephanie Riggs
  • Zen of Bennett – Unjoo Moon
  • My Brother The Devil – Sally El Hosani
  • The New Public – Jyllian Gunther
  • Call Me Kuchu – Katherine Fairfax-Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall
  • Venus and Serena – Maiken Baird & Michelle Major
  • One Day After Peace – Miri Laufer & Erez Laufer (Co-Directed)
  • Romeo, Romeo – Lizzi Gottlieb
  • American Masters: Inventing David Geffen – Susan Lacy
  • Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey – Ramona S. Diaz
  • One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss & Betrayal – Jenny Carchman, Ellen Goosenberg-Kent & Amanda Micheli
  • Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness – Lekha Sing & Roger Spottoswoode (Co-Directed)
  • The Atomic States of America – Sheena M. Joyce & Don Argott (Co-Directed)
  • James Salter: A Sport and A Pastime – Sando Gotham-Meehan, Edgar Howard & Tom Piper (Co-Directed)


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