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24th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival To Honor Actor, Filmmaker + Activist Edward Norton With Career Achievement Award!

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The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced today that three-time Academy Award®-nominated actor Edward Norton will be honored with a Career Achievement Award. Norton, a prolific actor, director, producer and activist, is known for his roles in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE), which screened at the festival in 2014, David Fincher’s FIGHT CLUB, Spike Lee’s THE 25TH HOUR and other highly regarded films such as AMERICAN HISTORY X and PRIMAL FEAR.  His last two films, BIRDMAN and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, were nominated for 18 Academy Awards and won 8, including Best Picture for BIRDMAN. He has also produced films including THE PAINTED VEIL, THANKS FOR SHARING, LEAVES OF GRASS, the documentary MY OWN MAN, and KEEPING THE FAITH, a film that he directed, starring Ben Stiller and Jenna Elfman.  Norton will be seen next in David Frankel’s upcoming film COLLATERAL BEAUTY alongside Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren, in theaters December 2016. Norton is also the founder of CrowdRise, a social fundraising site for grassroots philanthropy that is now one of the largest crowdfunding platforms in the world, having raised over $500 million for over 30,000 non-profit organizations and charities.


Norton will be honored on Sunday, October 9th at a dinner that will be attended by friends and industry peers. “Edward Norton is an incredibly accomplished actor and filmmaker, whose performances have been both iconic and award winning. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor him this year at the Hamptons International Film Festival,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson.


Past recipients of this award have included Vanessa Redgrave, Stanley Tucci, Ted Hope, James Schamus, Robert Altman, Gena Rowlands, Richard Gere, Matthew Broderick, Ellen Burstyn, Joel Schumacher, Alec Baldwin, Ann Roth, Sharon Stone, Bob Balaban, and James Coburn.


This year’s Narrative Competition films include the U.S. Premiere of Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov’s GLORY, Houda Benyamina’s DIVINES, and Andrea Testa & Francisco Márquez’s THE LONG NIGHT OF FRANCISCO SANCTIS; the North American Premiere of Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s LATE SUMMER; and the East Coast Premiere of Simon Stone’s THE DAUGHTER. The Narrative Competition films are presented by The Wall Street Journal


Documentary Competition films include the North American Premiere of Charlie Siskel’s AMERICAN ANARCHIST; the New York Premiere of Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner & Abou Bakar Sidibé’s THOSE WHO JUMP, Keith Maitland’s TOWER, and Otto Bell’s THE EAGLE HUNTRESS; as well as Dean Fleischer-Camp’s FRAUD. The Documentary Competition films are presented by Investigation Discovery (ID) Films.


Narrative Competition Short films include the U.S. Premiere of Ena Sendijarevic’s IMPORT, Hamid Ahmadi’s IN THE HILLS, Ali Asgari & Farnoosh Samadi’s THE SILENCE, and Mounia Akl’s SUBMARINE; as well as the New York Premiere of Dianne Bellino’s THE ITCHING. The Narrative Competition Short films are presented by The Wall Street Journal.


Documentary Competition Short films include the World Premiere of Todd Douglas Miller’s THE LAST STEPS; the U.S. Premiere of Remo Scherrer’s WHATEVER THE WEATHER; and the New York Premiere of Leonor Teles’s BATRACHIAN’S BALLAD, Maxim Pozdorovkin’s CLINICA DE MIGRANTES: LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, and Fabio Palmieri’s IRREGULARS.


HIFF is now an Academy qualifying festival for the Documentary Short Subject Award and can grant the winner of its Documentary Short Film Competition eligibility to enter the Documentary Short Subject category of the Academy Awards® without a standard theatrical run.


Featuring one of the most coveted awards in the U.S., our Narrative and Documentary Competition Awards are selected by a prestigious group of industry professionals. The Jury Prize winners receive a package of essential goods and services, a combined value of $125,000, to be used toward the making of their next feature films, and a cash prize of $3,000 per film.


To purchase tickets for the Edward Norton event, founder passes, ticket packages, or for additional information please visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.  Individual tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 26. The 24th annual Hamptons International Film Festival, which will be held over Columbus Day Weekend, October 6th – October 10th, 2016, greatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors, including Delta Air Lines, Altour International, BMW, and WNBC New York. Founder Passes and ticket packages are currently available for purchase.


Announced Narrative, Documentary + Shorts Competition Films:

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION FILMS – Presented by The Wall Street Journal

THE DAUGHTER (Australia)
East Coast Premiere
Director: Simon Stone

DIVINES (France/Qatar)
U.S. Premiere
Director: Houda Benyamina

GLORY (Bulgaria/Greece)
U.S. Premiere
Directors: Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

LATE SUMMER (Norway/France)
North American Premiere
Director: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

THE LONG NIGHT OF FRANCISCO SANCTIS (Argentina)
U.S. Premiere
Directors: Andrea Testa & Francisco Márquez

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION FILMS – Presented by Investigation Discovery (ID) Films

AMERICAN ANARCHIST (USA)
North American Premiere
Director: Charlie Siskel

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (USA)
New York Premiere
Director: Otto Bell

FRAUD (USA)
Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp

THOSE WHO JUMP (Denmark)
New York Premiere
Directors: Moritz Siebert, Estephan Wagner & Abou Bakar Sidibé

TOWER (USA)
New York Premiere
Director: Keith Maitland

NARRATIVE COMPETITION SHORT FILMS – Presented by The Wall Street Journal

IMPORT (Netherlands)
U.S. Premiere
Director: Ena Sendijarevic

IN THE HILLS (UK)
U.S. Premiere
Director: Hamid Ahmadi

THE ITCHING (USA)
New York Premiere
Director: Dianne Bellino

THE SILENCE “IL SILENZIO” (Italy/France)
U.S. Premiere
Director: Ali Asgari, Farnoosh Samadi

SUBMARINE (Lebanon)
U.S.  Premiere
Director: Mounia Akl

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION SHORT FILMS – Presented by Investigation Discovery (ID) Films

BATRACHIAN’S BALLAD “BALADA DE UM BATRÁQUIO” (Portugal)
New York Premiere
Director: Leonor Teles

CLINICA DE MIGRANTES: LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (USA)
New York Premiere
Director: Maxim Pozdorovkin

IRREGULARS (Italy)
New York Premiere
Director: Fabio Palmieri

THE LAST STEPS (USA)
World Premiere
Director: Todd Douglas Miller

WHATEVER THE WEATHER “BEI WIND UND WETTER” (Switzerland)
U.S. Premiere
Director: Remo Scherrer

*Additional films that will screen as part of the Signature Programs will be announced in the coming months.

About Our Local International Festival



The 24th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be held over Columbus Day Weekend – October 6th through 10th. HIFF is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State’s east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $225,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2014 marked the 6th time that a film at the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. hamptonsfilmfest.org


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