The Hamptons International Film Festival is wrapping up today, but the complaining has already begun. According to one reader, many of the talks and screenings were oversold, leaving those who had purchased tickets in advance out in the cold. From their comment:
"The organizers oversold tickets for last night's Conversations with Richard Gere (in Guild Hall in EH) by about 100+, so last night, after we stood in line for over an hour, we were finally told that neither we, nor dozens of people in line behind us, were getting into a theater. Even we had reserved, and paid for, our tickets weeks ago. The same thing happened at Argo showing right after. And, from a conversation behind me, I gathered that several showing on Friday had the same fate. This was an absolute disgrace. I have never dealt with such a horrible organization outside of third-world countries. Needless to say, I am not going back next year. Hopefully the organizers will get chastening they deserve, and won't be organizing any other IFF events in the future."We reached out to the festival's PR team and organizers looking for a comment. We'll update if and when they respond. In the meantime, if you attended the fest, what was your experience? We didn't encounter any similar issues at the screenings we saw and we're curious to learn if this was as big of a problem as the reader makes it seem. Update: Karen Arikian, Executive Director of The Hamptons International Film Festival offered the following comment: "This weekend, at the busiest time of the festival, we experienced a technical issue which affected some of our ticket holders. With over 140 films and additional programming in the festival, 99% of our programming ran without problems. Our audience is important to us, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."
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