The 12th annualHamptons International Film Festival, which takes place in East Hampton, New York,Oct 20-24 will open with a screening of Bill Condon's Kinsey and close with Niels Muller's The AssassinationOf Richard Nixon.

The festival, which wasfounded to focus on US independent film, will play host to the Golden StarfishFeature Competition with over $180,000 in goods and in-kind services availablefor the winner's next film. Among the films competing are Eddie O'Flaherty's FightingTommy Riley, Michael Goorjian's Illusion, Amanda Goodwin's Living Til The End, Marty Sader's Most High and Debra Kirschner's The Tollbooth. Jurors are producer Debra Hill, cinematographerRussell Fine and actor James LeGros.

Among the competingdocumentaries are Leslie Sullivan's A Touch Of Greatness, Sarah Goodman's Army Of One, Ralph Arlyck's Following Sean, Fredric Golding's Hardwood Dreams and Keith Beauchamp's The Untold Story Of EmmettLouis Till. Jurors include directorMichael Almareyda and IFC's Caroline Kaplan.

An inaugural internationalfilm competition includes Attila Janisch's After The Day Before from Hungary, Georg Misch's Calling Hedy Lamarr (Germany/Austria/UK), Reza Bagher's Capricossa (Sweden), Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's Niceland from Iceland and Valerie Guignabodet's Marriages from France. Jurors are Berlin Film Festivaldirector Dieter Kosslick, actress Jennifer Tilly and producer Christine Vachon.

Among the other filmsscreening at the Hamptons is Jonathan Glazer's Birth starring Nicole Kidman.