Nantucket Film Festival Update

“The Hurt Locker”, “The Messenger”, and “The Cove”, all of which screened at the 2009 Nantucket Film festival, have collectively garnered 12 Academy Award nominations.

The 15th Annual Nantucket Film Festival will take place from June 17-20, 2010. Patron passes purchased before March 15 will receive a 10% discount.

Last year the NFF presented 40 feature and short films, and honored screenwriter Harold Ramis. Celebrities included Ben Stiller, Meg Ryan, Ben Foster, Brain Williams, Kathryn Bigelow, Cheryl Hines, Paul Giamatti, Fisher Stevens, Peter & Bobby Farrelly, Lily Taylor, Chris Matthews, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, and John Hamburg.

The NFF Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film last year was awarded to “The Hurt Locker” writer Mark Boal; the Audience Award for Best Feature and for Best Storytelling in a Documentary Feature went to “The Cove”.

At the American Cinema Editors’ annual ACE Eddie awards, “The Hurt Locker” won Best Edited Feature – Dramatic (Bob Murawski, Chris Innis), and “The Cove” won Best Edited Documentary (Geoffrey Richman).

The deadline for submissions to the 2010 Nantucket Film Festival is March 12.

Other alumni of previous festivals:

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal at Morning Coffee at the 2009 NFF. Photo by Gene Mahon.

“The Hurt Locker” (2009)
Nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Jeremy Renner), Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Picture, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Original Screenplay (Mark Boal)

“The Messenger” (2009)
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Woody Harrelson), Best Original Screenplay (Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman)

“The Cove” (2009)
Nominated for Best Documentary Feaure
– Screened at NFF 2009. By the way, “The Cove” finally has distribution in Japan, with a release date of April 2010. The film chronicles the annual Dolphin slaughter in Taiji. Local fisherman had threatened legal action when the film first appeared in the 2009 Tokyo Film Festival.

Lee Daniels (2007)
Nominated for Best Director and Best Picture, “Precious: Based on the Novel ÔPushÕ by Sapphire”
Ð Juror, Writer/Director Award, NFF 2007

Jason Reitman (2000-2001)
Nominated for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay (co-written with Sheldon Turner), and Best Picture, “Up in the Air”

Stanley Tucci (2001)
Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, “The Lovely Bones”. Juror, Tony Cox Showtime Screenwriting Award.


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