HIFF's 25th Anniversary Celebrations Will Start Early

"The Piano" will be the first of many screenings to celebrate the Hamptons International Film Festival's 25th anniversary.

This year, the Hamptons International Film Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary with encore screenings of films from each of its annual festivals. One representing each year will be shown in various venues on the South Fork, New York City, Palm Beach, and Los Angeles. The final screening will be just before this year’s festival in October, over the Columbus Day weekend.

The 25 Years: 25 Films series will begin on Friday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton with “The Piano,” from 1993. It will be followed by a screening of “Black Swan,” from 2010, in Palm Beach on Feb. 23.

Screenings on the South Fork will continue over the winter with this year’s “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Winter Guest,” from 1997, and “Gray’s Anatomy,” Steven Soderbergh's 1996 film featuring Spalding Gray, the monologuist and actor who lived on North Haven. Tickets are $15, or $13 for members, and are available at the HIFF website.

Filmmakers and special guests will participate in postscreening conversations at many of these events.

In a press release, Anne Chaisson, the festival's director, said, “We thought this would be a great opportunity to bring some of the best films of the last 25 years to moviegoers around the country.”

Films to be shown later this year will include “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Still Alice,” “The Artist,” “The Cove,” “Diving Bell and Butterfly,” and “Heavenly Creatures.” The festival will announce specific dates and locations on its website soon.