Nantucket Film Festival Wrap

The 14th Annual Nantucket Film Festival finished up it’s four day run on Sunday, June 21, after presenting more than 40 features and shorts. By all accounts, it was agreat success – all events and films were full or nearly full houses. Executive Director Colin Stanfield said “after the end of our first full festival day, we had already matched last year’s box office.” Ticket sales were organized and smooth, and the Festival web site was up and functional several weeks earlier this year. I heard dozens of friends and attendees say that this was the best Festival ever. Just wait until the Dreamland opens again.

The big news was “The Cove”, winning both Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film, and the Audience Award for Best Feature. Roadside Attractions will release the film on July 31, 2009.

Fisher Stevens (producer, The Cove), Richard O’Barry (star, The Cove)

The Festival’s annual Screenwriting Award went to Harold Ramis. The All-Star Comedy Roundtable featured Ben Stiller, Harold Ramis, Peter Farrelly, and Jon Hamburg, moderated by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Late Night Storytelling was again hosted by Peter Farrelly and Anne Meara.

Harold Ramis

Peter Farrelly, Harold Ramis, Ben Stiller, Jon Hamberg, and Chris Matthews

Peter Farrelly and Anne Meara

Other special guests who attended NFF 2009 included Paul Giamatti, Meg Ryan, Christine Taylor, Ben Foster, Fisher Stevens, Cheryl Hines, Brian Williams, Lili Taylor, Jessie Nelson, Sophie Barthes, Kathryn Bigelow, and Oren Moverman.

For this year’s Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition, Jenny Deller was chosen for her script “Future Weather” from over 600 submissions. The jury was comprised of Fisher Stevens, Jessie Nelson, and Lili Taylor.

Jenny Deller accepts her award.

The third annual Adrienne Shelley Excellence in Filmmaking Award, a cash prize awarded to a female filmmaker in honor of the late director, was presented to Cherien Dabis, director of “Amreeka.”

Showtime/s Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting was presented to Mark Boal for the movie “The Hurt Locker,” opening in theaters this week.

Showtime’s Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting (Best Short): Adam Leon and Jack Pettibone Riccobono (Killer)

The Audience Award for Best Short went to Abuelo (dir. Mary Ann Kellogg), and the Teen View on NFF Award to Charlie Thistle (dir. Bragi Schut Jr.)


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