Industry News 9/29/2016

Blundstone Announces Official Sponsorship of the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival


Blundstone, the original Chelsea boot brand since 1870 from Tasmania, Australia is proud to return to the Hamptons to sponsor the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF). Held over Columbus Day Weekend, East Hampton, New York, from October 6-10, the festival will celebrate its 24th anniversary.

As sponsor, Blundstone will present Saturday’s Centerpiece Film, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, held at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Attendees of the screening will be offered an exclusive opportunity to shop Blundstone boots at East Hampton retailer Imrie and Sag Harbor retailer Sylvester & Co. In addition, over the weekend, Blundstone will host a VIP boot fitting and gifting for actors, directors, and jurors at the Blundstone airstream which will be positioned at The Maidstone, which acts as a hub for festival talent and VIP attendees. The Blundstone airstream will provide a welcome break from their rigorous schedules by offering drinks by Montauk Brewing Company.   

Throughout the weekend, Blundstone will offer special promotions and host a coffee bar at partner retailers Sylvester & Co in Sag Harbor and Imrie in East Hampton for all festival goers.

“Blundstone has had a long-standing association with the film industry and is proud to continue our support of upcoming talent and filmmakers at this year’s festival,” says Rachel Lash, Blundstone’s International Sales Manager. “The Hamptons International Film Festival has been a great partner and we’re thrilled to once again support them and filmmakers everywhere.”

During the festival, Blundstone will partner with a high profile influencer for a “Walk a Mile in Our Boots at The Hamptons International Film Festival” social media campaign. The influencer will conduct “in the moment” takeovers of Blundstone’s social channels giving fans a chance to experience the festival through Blundstone’s eyes. Blundstone’s HIFF sponsorship precedes the brand’s national launch of its #HowIRoam campaign, scheduled for October 10th. The campaign will offer friends and fans the chance to enter-to- win a trip for two to Tasmania, Blundstone’s birthplace. More information about the campaign will be released soon.


Recognized as quite possibly the world’s most comfortable, most durable boots ever made, Blundstone is known for its iconic elastic-sided Chelsea boots sold worldwide that offer comfort, durability and contemporary styling. The brand’s extensive boot range also includes a safety boot line that offers superior comfort and protection. Throughout the years, Blundstone has proven to be the go-to boot within the film industry both on and off screen. The brand continues to support film through sponsorships of The Hollywood Reporter lounge at Sundance, Sonoma and Hamptons Film Festivals as well as its support of the Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship Award. Highlights of Blundstone’s presence on television and in feature films has included titles such as Transformers 4, Criminal Minds, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Californication, among many, many more.

More about the Hamptons International Film Festival:

The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State's east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year's best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $225,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year.

Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2016 marked the 6th time in a row that a film in the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. For more information please visit: www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.

About Blundstone:

Founded in Tasmania, Australia in 1870, Blundstone is recognized as quite possibly the world’s most comfortable, most durable boots ever made. Blundstone is known for its iconic elastic-sided Chelsea boots sold worldwide that offer durability and contemporary styling. The company's extensive boot range also includes a safety boot line that offers superior comfort and protection for industrial usage. For more information, visit www.blundstone.com and join the heritage on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.