Hilary Swank to Mentor Up-and-Comers at Hamptons Intl. Film Festival

Actors will take center stage at the 22nd annual Hamptons Intl. Film Festival, running Oct. 9-13 in East Hampton, N.Y.

Many high-profile films will unspool and several thesps are set to attend, along with several members of the 2014 class of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch. Past honorees of Actors to Watch include Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o, Adrien Brody and Melissa Leo. Several of this year’s thesps will sit down for a panel discussion with Variety’s vice president, executive editor Steven Gaydos.

The festival’s executive director, Anne Chaisson, and artistic director, David Nugent, say, “Our longstanding commitment to highlighting the work of up-and-coming artists continues with this year’s stellar group of actors. We are proud of their work, and excited to watch their careers continue to grow. Our partnership with Variety for the last three years continues to allow us to work together to identify those actors who are truly at a unique place in their career.”

In addition, the festival is feting several artists, including Hilary Swank, who will receive Variety’s Creative Impact in Acting Award. Swank will attend with the festival’s centerpiece film, “The Homesman.”

Added Chaisson and Nugent, “We are so honored to have two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank serve as a mentor for these actors. Her prestigious career serves as an inspiration to many young actors.”

Swank will sit down for “A Conversation With …” on Oct. 12 with Variety’s Gaydos.

Director Joel Schumacher will receive the Golden Starfish Lifetime Achievement in Directing Award and sit down for a discussion. Also scheduled to participate in the “A Conversation With …” program are Mark Ruffalo, attending with “Foxcatcher”; Laura Dern, with “Wild”; and Patricia Clarkson, with “Learning to Drive.”

The festival’s opening night film is “St. Vincent,” starring Bill Murray as a misanthrope who begins to care for his 12-year-old neighbor, played by Jaeden Liebeher. The closing night film is “Still Alice,” which stars Julianne Moore as a professor of linguistics who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Other notable films playing the festival include the U.S. premiere of the musical “The Last 5 Years” and the East Coast premieres of “Nightcrawler,” “Birdman” and “The Imitation Game,” which won the audience award at this year’s Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

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