Hamptons International Film Festival to Add Animal Rights Category
The Hamptons International Film Festival is officially the first of its kind to devote an entire category from its program to animal rights issues.
The category is titled “Compassion, Justice and Animal Rights”, and according to the website, aims to provide “a platform for filmmakers to share meaningful information, stories of inspiration, and tools for creating a safe and humane world for animals.” With various animal rights themes set to be covered, the goal is to bring together animal rights with environmental and social justice issues.
David Nugent, HIFF Artistic Director, stated:
“Billions of animals continue to be abused every day and denied their basic right to life and protection against violence and cruelty. This new signature program will allow the Festival to join the important film movement that brings justice to animals, an effort that has been increasing impact and visibility worldwide.”
Actor and outspoken animal rights advocate Alec Baldwin was also recently announced as the new Chairman of the Board for HIFF. While the entire lineup of films has not yet been announced yet, the festival will feature the world premiere of The Champions. The documentary follows the story of the rescued pit bulls from quarterback Michael Vick’s dog-fighting ring, and also focused on those who saved them despite both PETA and the Humane Society wanting to euthanize them.
The Compassion, Justice, and Animal Rights segment of HIFF will include narrative and documentary films, followed by a private reception. As it comes to an end, a film will be awarded the Zelda Penzel “Giving a Voice to the Voiceless” Prize.
The Hamptons International Film Festival will run from October 8 to 12, and the full lineup of the films will soon be released.