Nantucket Film Festival Update
The list of films to be shown at the 16th annual Nantucket Film Festival (June 22-28) has been released, and includes a film by Nantucket’s Kit Noble “Nantucket by Nature”. 55 films have been announced, with more to follow – the largest number of films ever shown at the Festival.
“After the success of NFF 15, it was inevitable that we would need to expand the festival’s length and scope to accommodate the growing interest,” said Executive Director Colin Stanfield. “Along with the later dates allowing more families to attend after the school year wraps, the festival stands to help bring more people to the island and in turn positively affect local business economically.” Passes are currently on sale on the festival website, with individual tickets on sale May 27.
The Screenwriters Tribute will honor Oscar winning director Paul Haggis (Crash).
The opening night films will be Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 2”, and “Buck”, a documentary about horse trainer Buck Brannman.
“Cars 2”, directed by John Lasseter, follows Lightning McQueen and his best friend Mater as they race around the globe and unwittingly find themselves caught up in international espionage. “Cars 2” writer Ben Queen will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting award.
Closing the festival will be “Higher Ground” by first time director Vera Farmiga, who also stars in the film.
The festival will host a Mentor Brunch with Paul Haggis participating, advising emerging screenwriters on their upcoming projects.
NFF will also reinstate the Teen View Filmmaker Program, led by filmmaker Jay Craven (Disappearances), which focuses on teaching high school students the fundamentals of great storytelling by employing digital technology and methods. Said Artistic Director Mystelle Brabbée, “NFF attracts some of the most talented storytellers from around the world, and the students get to work with them in creating their own short films.”
Awards this year include Showtime’s annual Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting, The Audience Award for Best Feature & Best Short, Showtime’s Tony Cox Awards for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film and Short Film, Teen View on NFF Award, Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film, and the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award, which gives a cash prize annually to a promising female writer/director at the Festival.
Returning this year are Late Night Storytelling, the All-Star Comedy Roundtable Presented by Ben Stiller, and Morning Coffee With…®
The line up:
- Being Elmo
- A Puppeteer’s Journey
- Benavides Born
- Beyond the Road; Bobby Fischer Against the World
- Cars 2
- Donor Unknown
- Five Days Gone
- Happy, Happy
- Higher Ground
- Hot Coffee
- The Last Rites of Joe May
- Life in a Day
- The Lie
- Mia and the Migoo
- Mozart’s Sister
- The Names of Love
- Nantucket by Nature
- On the Ice
- One Lucky Elephant
- The Other F Word
- Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times
- Senna; Submarine
- Terri; To be Heard
- We Still Live Here: As Nutayunean
- When the Drum is Beating
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