The Hamptons International Film Festival also unveils its annual Golden Starfish competition titles.

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is to honour filmmaker Joel Schumacher with the Golden Starfish Lifetime Achievement in Directing Award at its 22nd edition (Oct 9-13).

The director of The Lost Boys, Batman Forever and more recently two episodes of House of Cards, will also take part in a “conversation with” session on Oct 11, where he will be also be presented with the award.

Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank will also be in conversation at the festival on Oct 12, where she will receive the Creative Impact in Acting Award.

Swank won Best Actress Academy Award’s in 2000 and 2005 for Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby, and her latest performance in The Homesman will be seen when the film is screened at HIFF.

In addition, HIFF has revealed the 20 films from 15 countries selected for this year’s Golden Starfish competition, including the US premieres of Melanie Laurent’s Breathe, Gabriel Mascaro’s August Winds and Tamara Erde’s This Is My Land.

Other titles include Peter Strickland’s Duke Of Burgundy and Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz’s Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem.

The Golden Starfish Awards, presented on Oct 13, honour emerging directors from around the world in narrative feature, documentary feature and short film competitions along with the newly added category for documentary short films.


Narrative Feature

August Winds  “Ventos de Agosto” (Brazil)
Dir. Gabriel Mascaro

Breathe “Respire” (Fra)
Dir. Melanie Laurent

Duke Of Burgundy (UK)
Dir. Peter Strickland

Gett: The Trial And Viviane Amsalem (Isr, Fra, Ger)
Dirs. Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz

Little Accidents (US)
Dir. Sara Colangelo

Documentary Feature 

The Great Invisible (US)
Dir. Margaret Brown

Killing Time (Neth)
Dir. Jaap Van Hoewijk

The Special Need (It, Ger)
Dir. Carlo Zoratti

This Is My Land (Fra)
Dir. Tamara Erde

Velvet Terrorists (Slo, Cz, Cro)
Dir. Pavol Pekarčík, Ivan Ostrochovský, Peter Kerekes

Golden Starfish Award
Narrative Short Film

The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and qualify for consideration at the Academy Awards for Best Live Action/Animated Short Film.

Cutaway (US)
Dir. Kazik Radwanski

The Baby “La Bambina (Bache)” (Ita, Ira)
Dir. Ali Asgari

All We Share “Allt Vi Delar” (Swe)
Dir. Jerry Carlsson

Tzniut (US)
Dir. David Formentin

The Bigger Picture (UK)
Dir. Daisy Jacobs

Golden Starfish Award
Documentary Short Film

The winner of this inaugural award will receive a $500 cash prize.

The Queen “La Reina” (Arg)
Dir. Manuel Abramovich

Once Upon A Tree “Het Meisje En De Boom” (Neth)
Dir. Marleen van der Werft

Jutra (Can)
Dir. Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

Abandoned Goods (UK)
Dirs. Pia Borg, Edward Lawrenson

An Immortal Man (US)
Dirs. Josh Koury, Myles Kane