Hamptons International Film Festival to return Oct. 6

A scene from the Killing Season. (Credit: Courtesy)

A scene from the A&E docu-series “The Killing Season.” (Credit: Courtesy)

The first hint of fall is in the air, Columbus Day Weekend is fast approaching, and for film lovers that means just one thing —  The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is gearing up for another run on the East End.

This will be the 24th edition of the HIFF and from October 6 to 10, a total of 68 features and 58 shorts will be screened at venues in East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Southampton representing the work of filmmakers from 32 countries around the world.

In addition to the movies, the festival also hosts “A Conversation With….” three discussions featuring major industry players. This year’s participants will be actor Aaron Eckhart, actress Holly Hunter, and actor, director, producer and activist Edward Norton. The HIFF will also honor Mr. Norton with a Career Achievement Award at a dinner at The Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton on Sunday, October 9.

“Over Columbus Day Weekend in a spectacular setting, we offer five full days of films for our impassioned audience, including dozens of premieres as well as the breakout hits and award winners from the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, and Toronto Film Festivals,” said HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent. “Our audiences will see the films that are sure to be counted amongst the most celebrated films of the year Additionally this year, we’re thrilled to present a Focus on Norwegian Cinema, highlighting one of the most dynamic regions of film production in the world.”

Jeff Nichols’ film “Loving” will open this year’s festival, screening at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Thursday, October 6. The film celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who were arrested in their home state of Virginia after eloping in 1958. With their marriage deemed unlawful, they were forced to plead guilty and move out of Virginia. But after five years in exile — and with the Civil Rights movement in full swing — they fought back. The unassuming yet determined couple appealed their case all the way to the Supreme Court and changed history with the landmark Loving v. Virginia decision.

Another festival highlight comes from the Views From Long Island section — the premiere of the first two episodes of A&E’s brand new docu-series “The Killing Season,” which will screen in East Hampton on Sunday, October 9.

The eight episode series follows filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills as they investigate one of the most bizarre unsolved serial murder cases of our time — the deaths of 10 sex workers discovered on Gilgo Beach, Long Island. Delving into the darkest corners of our own backyards, “The Killing Season” shines a light on a world of serial murder rarely seen before, uncovering a real-life American nightmare. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Mr. Zeman and Ms. Mills. The series premieres on November 5 at 9 p.m. on A&E.

The HIFF box office opened on Monday, September 26. 2016. Individual tickets and passes are available. For full schedule, film descriptions and ticket packages and passes now at www.hamptonsfilmfest.org