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Hamptons International Film Festival Announces Screenwriters Lab Participants

Hamptons International Film Festival Announces Screenwriters Lab Participants

The Hamptons International Film
Festival (HIFF) has today announced the mentors and screenwriters for the 16th
annual Screenwriters Lab, which will take place April 8-10 in East Hampton, NY.
The Lab aims to pair up-and-coming screenwriters with established screenwriters,
directors and producers for a very special weekend of intense and informative one-on-one mentoring sessions.

The three screenplays set to be included in this year’s Lab include Shane Andries’ “The Delegation,” Cathy Yan’s “Dead Pigs” and Marshall Curry and Davy Rothbart’s “Biggz.” This year’s mentors include filmmaker Debra Granik, screenwriter Michael Weber and Pixar writer Mike Jones. 

Of the news, HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent said, “The Screenwriters Lab is a highlight of the year-round work
that HIFF does as we bring together a wide range of artists from the industry
and pair them with a new wave of writers and filmmakers who are at crucial
junctures of their developing careers. Our submissions were up over 40% this year, and these three projects really
represent some of the most exciting voices we had the pleasure of reading.”

READ MORE: Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters Lab Announces Creation of New Fund

2016 also marks the first year that HIFF will be enjoying the support of the newly announced Melissa Mathison Fund, which aims to help screenwriters to nurture “their connection to both important industry contacts and the public by showcasing selected scene readings from their screenplays by established actors at the Festival in October.”

This year’s HIFF will also include a special screenwriting Master Class featuring last year’s mentor and
Academy Award Best Original Screenplay winner for “Birdman: Or the
Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” Alexander Dinelaris. The class will be open to the public and will take place at 5:30pm on April 9 in East Hampton. 

Check out more information about this year’s screenwriters and screenplays picked for the Lab, read on, with all information provided by HIFF.

“The Delegation” by Shane Andries

Longline: When a rookie congressional aide learns that a
group of Americans living in a remote jungle commune might be in danger, she
convinces a maverick Congressman to send a delegation to investigate the truth
behind the group’s nefarious and questionable leader–Jim Jones.

“Biggz” by Marshall Curry and Davy Rothbart

Longline:  Big is a white, 350-pound aspiring rapper
from Downriver Detroit who makes a living as a small-time drug dealer and
babysitter. When repair costs for a leaky roof push him to get involved in a
smuggling operation, he finds that making easy money is harder than he thought.

READ MORE: Attention, Screenwriters: Submit Your Screenplays to the Hamptons International Film Festival Lab

“Dead Pigs” by Cathy Yan
Longline: While thousands of dead pigs float down the Huangpu
River, five people cross paths as they search for their place in a rapidly
transforming, modern China.

The 16th Annual Screenwriters Lab will take place April 8-10 in East Hampton, New York. This year’s Hamptons International Film Festival will run from October 6-10.

Check out a trailer for Debra Granik’s latest, “Stray Dog,” below:

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