Worth The Trip: Hamptons International Film Festival

By Mike and Lil
 

Actor, director, producer and activist Edward Norton will receive a career achievement award at the Hamptons International Film Festival 2016 awards dinner. The film festival runs Oct. 6-10.

Actor, director, producer and activist Edward Norton will receive a career achievement award at the Hamptons International Film Festival 2016 awards dinner. The film festival runs Oct. 6-10.

A 3-day Columbus Day weekend can become an unforgettable experience with a just little bit of planning.

Just an hour and a half from Huntington is beautiful East Hampton. In addition to putting on a spectacular fall foliage display this time of year, East Hampton is the epicenter of the Hampton International Film Festival (HIFF) on Columbus Day weekend (Oct 6-10). A celebration of Independent Film and filmmakers, fresh voices, and differing global perspectives, the Festival will entertain and challenge. In addition to seeing some incredible documentaries and foreign films, we’ve seen major Academy Award winners at recent HIFFs before they’ve hit the theaters, including “12 Years A Slave,” and “The King’s Speech.” “Views of Long Island,” a relatively new HIFF program, focuses on local films, filmmakers, the area’s unique landscapes, and the important social and political issues facing our small corner of the world.

The films, the Hamptons and its food make for a wonderful time.

If you intend to make the Festival more than a day trip, make your overnight rezzies now. Nearby rooms can be tough to come by, and even though it’s past the busy summer season, they can be expensive. Our favorite B&B, The Inn at 434 Main, Amagansett, is already booked. We suggest you consider nearby Montauk which could offer some better off-season deals.

The complete film schedule is online at hamptonsfilmfest.org. Check it out for the latest Festival news.