Hamptons Film Fest Scholarships Go to Five High School Seniors

With the support of the Alec and Hilaria Baldwin Foundation, the Hamptons International Film Festival is funding scholarships for five graduating seniors from East Hampton, Pierson, Bridgehampton, and Southampton High Schools and the Ross School, the festival announced Wednesday.

The recipients are Gaby Arevalo from East Hampton High School, Eve Bishop at Pierson, Sarahi Negrete from Bridgehampton, Amanda Mintz at the Ross School, and Sophie Rhind at Southampton High. In addition to a $1,000 scholarship, each student will receive a Filmmaker Discovery Package to attend the festival, which will run from Oct. 5 through 9 this year.

Scholarship candidates had volunteered for the film festival in the past and expressed an intention to major in communications, media, or the arts.

"Our youth are the next generation of storytellers, and it is important that HIFF continue to provide access to the filmmaking arts," Anne Chaisson, the festival's executive director, said in a release. "Our goal is to give students the opportunity to discover what inspires them, and to explore their dreams."

This year, the festival is also offering two full scholarships for its annual summer student filmmaking workshops at Guild Hall in East Hampton and at the Southampton Arts Center. Applications and details about the workshops can be found online at hamptonsfilmfest.org.

The workshops "provide students with the chance to take the first step into the industry and learn from leaders in the entertainment world," Marissa Friedes Cangiolosi, the festival's manager of education and community outreach, said.

The programs are in addition to screenings and panel discussions that took place at local schools this spring.