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Film Festival Roundup: Hamptons International Film Festival Unveils 2016 Poster, Austin Film Festival Reveals First Slate and More

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– EXCLUSIVE: The 24th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival has unveiled its exclusive poster from artist John Alexander. Alexander is a local Hamptons resident and the official 2016 HIFF poster will be based off of his “Ship of Fools” work.

This year’s festival will run from October 6-10. Film titles will be announced at a later date. You can find out more about the festival at its official website. Check out the official poster below.


– USA-based Stage 32, the world’s largest online platform connecting and educating film, TV and theater professionals, will be presenting its short film program at the 2016 Hollyshorts Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, August 19 at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood. The winning filmmakers were chosen by executives from The Weinstein Company, BenderSpink, Circle of Confusion, Gotham Group, Rumble Films, Lifetime & Full Fathom Five.

The Stage 32 Short Film Program consists of filmmakers from four countries: U.S., Canada, Poland and UK. The program made its worldwide premiere at the Raindance Film Festival, traveled to the Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Frontiera in Sicily and is now premiering for the first time in the U.S. at the 2016 Hollyshorts Film Festival. You can purchase tickets here.

– The Austin Film Festival has announced the first slate of films included in the 2016 lineup. Taking place this October 13-20, AFF will present the entire first season of Rooster Teeth’s new comedic series “Crunch Time,” including the World Premiere of the final two episodes. AFF will also host the premieres of a variety of competition films, including the documentary “Monogamish,” examining the topic and viability of monogamy with Dan Savage, and comedy “Brave New Jersey” with Tony Hale, Anna Camp and other cast members in attendance.

Other titles include “5 Doctors,” “Diani and Devine Meet the Apocalypse,” “The Salesman,” “Gimme Danger,” “Good Fortune,” “ProGamer” and “Quaker Oaths.” The complete list of programming, including over 100 more films as well as hundreds of panels, will be announced in mid-September.

– The 25th Annual Woods Hole Film Festival, the oldest film festival on Cape Cod and the Islands, concluded on Saturday, August 6, with the announcement of this year’s winners in Redfield Auditorium in Woods Hole. Several winners were from New England, in keeping with the festival’s focus on the region, but films from other countries are increasingly a part of the mix.

Rhode Island resident Kris Avedisian’s “Donald Cried” won the Jury Award for Best Feature Narrative, and Adam Irving’s “Off the Rails” won the Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary (the film will be made into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts). The festival jury also awarded a Special Prize in Courage and Human Rights to Nanfu Wang’s “Hooligan Sparrow.” Cape Cod resident Beth Murphy won the Best of the Fest Audience Award for the third time for her documentary “What Tomorrow Brings,” about the first girls’ primary school in Afghanistan.

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