The Countdown to #NFF19 Has Begun!

Check out this year’s poster.

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For more than a decade, NFF has been working with Brand Content to deliver unique and exciting festival posters and campaigns – year in and year out. We’re excited to share our 2019 campaign with you, which offers a fresh new look while still speaking to our roots as a celebrated screenwriters’ festival. After all, screenwriters are the ones pulling the strings to perfectly set up each scene.

Check out some of our past campaigns, and stay tuned for a program announcement in the next two weeks!

Academy Awards 2019

The 91st Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, and NFF alums are in the mix! Take a look, and root for your NFF favorites on February 24.

Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close, THE WIFE

Animated Feature Film

Short Film (Animated)
BAO, Domee Shi

Original Screenplay
FIRST REFORMED, Paul Schrader GREEN BOOK, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly*
*longtime host of Late Night Storytelling

Documentary (Feature)
RBG, Betsy West, Julie Cohen - NFF Now

Documentary (Short Subject)
END GAME, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Foreign Language Film

#NFF17 Films in Awards Season

It's here again - awards season! You may have noticed a few of your favorite films from #NFF17 (as well as NFF alums and upcoming NFF Now films)  making the rounds. Kicking things off on January 11 were the Cinema Eye Honors, last Sunday, February 17th were the BAFTAs, the Film Independent Spirit Awards are coming up on March 3, and the 90th Academy Awards are the following day on March 4. Take a look below at the nominees and winners so far, and cheer on your favorite #NFF17 films next weekend!



Cinema Eye Honors (Outstanding Achievements in Documentary Film):

Nominee: Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Lindsay Utz for QUEST

Nominee: Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television

BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards)

Nominee: Outstanding British Film and Adapted Screenplay

Nominee: Documentary

 Film Independent Spirit Awards:

Nominee: Best First Feature


Nominee: Best First Screenplay
David Branson Smith and Matt Spicer for INGRID GOES WEST
WINNER: Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjani for

Nominee: Best Male Lead
Harris Dickinson for BEACH RATS

Nominee: Best Documentary

Nominee: Best Supporting Female
Holly Hunter for THE BIG SICK

Nominee: Best Cinematography
Hélène Louvart for BEACH RATS


Academy Awards:

Nominee: Writing, Original Screenplay
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjani for THE BIG SICK

Nominee: Short Film, Animated
Dave Mullins and Dana Murray for LOU

Watch the trailer for CHRONICALLY METROPOLITAN, a World Premiere at NFF!

A World Premiere at NFF16, Xavier Manrique's (Hope Springs) CHRONICALLY METROPOLITAN has just released a trailer. Written by Nick Schutt (Blood and Oil), the sardonic comedy about love and letting go stars: Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Benson, Addison Timlin, Josh Peck, Mary Louise Parker and Chris Noth.

Click the image below for a link to the trailer at

CHRONICALLY METROPOLITAN has its WORLD PREMIERE at Nantucket Film Festival on Friday, June 24th. It also screens Saturday, June 25th. Director, Xavier Manrique, and writer, Nick Schutt will be in attendance.


Clay Tweel's GLEASON, a story of Steve Gleason's heroism

Spotlight documentary, GLEASON, is part tale of courage, and part love letter to his young son. Straight from a 'Best Documentary' win at Seattle Film Festival, Director Clay Tweel brings his latest documentary to Nantucket. Read a profile of Tweel's unforgettable film.  

GLEASON plays the Nantucket Film Festival on Friday, June 24th and Sunday, June 26th.

Teen View on NFF: Winter Update

As part of our commitment to youth education, Nantucket Film Festival rolls out the red carpet every year for student filmmakers through the Teen View Shorts Showcase. The Showcase features several shorts created by Nantucket High School students who participate in the winter and spring Teen View Labs, where they write, direct, produce, and edit their own projects. These student creators spend months gaining experience with professional equipment, and at this year’s Festival, they will also get to experience premiering their films in front of an audience.

NFF Teen View is conducted under the direction of Jeff Tocci, who has recently updated us about what we can expect with this year’s Showcase, which includes more fiction projects than usual: “I wanted them to have something different to help them stand out when applying for college. I wanted them to challenge themselves, and really push the boundaries. I have to say, they have responded like champs….[with] all of the projects….”

Watch this spot for more updates on this year’s Teen View Showcase.

NFF Launches Comedy Writers Retreat with Screenwriters Colony

Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy
in partnership with Nantucket Film Festival
June 10-23, 2016

The Screenwriters Colony and Nantucket Film Festival are thrilled to announce the launch of a new writers program, the Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy, running June 10-23, 2016.

This inaugural collaboration will provide four emerging episodic comedy writers with an all-expense paid trip to Nantucket for an immersive residency and mentorship program. While on Nantucket, the writers will work together with eminent professional industry mentors to experience the writers' room, hone their craft, and develop their pilots.

The Nantucket Film Festival’s Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition winner will receive one of the spots in the writers-in-residence program. The Tony Cox Screenplay Competitions are sponsored by Showtime. The Colony will overlap with the start of the 2016 Nantucket Film Festival, taking place June 22-27.

Eric Gilliland will serve as the Creative Advisor on the curriculum and will run the two-week program in June. Gilliland is a Peabody- and Golden Globe-winning writer/producer whose television credits include Roseanne, The Wonder Years, Who’s The Boss?, and That 70’s Show. Gilliland also produced the documentary God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of The Lost Boys of Sudan, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He currently teaches at Tisch’s Goldberg School of Dramatic Writing at New York University.

Writers and mentors for the 2016 inaugural program will be announced in April 2016.

Have a 30-min original comedy pilot script? Submit to NFF's Screenplay Competition today!

Earlybird Deadline: December 14, 2015
Regular Deadline: January 14, 2016


NFF Award Winners Announced!

NFF is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Audience Awards: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL for Best Narrative Feature, Ron Davis’ HARRY & SNOWMAN for Best Documentary Feature, and Eric Rockey’s PINK BOY for Best Short. Me and Earl will screen tomorrow at 9:30 am in the Dreamland Main, and Harry & Snowman will follow at 10 am in the Dreamland Studio.

The Audience Award Best Film runner up was animated comedy SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE, written & directed by Richard Starzak & Mark Burton.

Kristen Dávila’s COUNTERINTELLIGENCE, a political satire set in Pakistan involving the CIA, a budding jihadist group, and an indebted gambler who plays the two off one another in an attempt to save his own neck. Dávila receives $5000 cash prize and one of only four coveted spots to participate in partner organization the Screenwriters Colony month-long writing retreat in October.

The Feature Screenplay Competition jury was comprised of Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Director, The Stanford Prison Experiment; Franklin Leonard, Founder, The Black List; and Nigel M. Smith, Managing Editor, Indiewire.

NFF recognizes the remarkable renaissance on the small screen through two Television Pilot Competitions, one for Hour-Long Pilots and the other for Half-Hour Pilots. Both winners receive a $1000 cash prize, as well as a consultation with a Showtime executive.

The Half-Hour Television Pilot winner is SOLD by Jonathan Schwartz, which is set in a fine-arts auction house.

The Hour-Long Television Pilot winner is ICE by Estella Gabriel, which details the conflicts and violence faced by a border patrol agent.

The Television Pilot Competition jury was comprised of Jacob Fenton, Agent, TV Talent, United Talent Agency; Bob Fisher, Executive Producer/Co-Creator, Sirens; and Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor, TV, Variety.

The Short Screenplay Competition winner is MORE COW BELL by Andy Nellis, a dark portrait of a farm family. Nellis receives a $500 cash prize.

The winner of the Best Screenwriting in a Short Film Award, given to an exceptional short film featured in this year’s festival, went to writer/director Shaka King and writer Kristan Sprague for MULIGNANS.

The Shorts Competition jury was comprised of New York film critic and author Thelma Adams; Kate Lyn Sheil, Actress, House of Cards & Writer, Men Go to Battle; and Trey Edward Shults, Writer/Director, Krisha.

The Festival’s Teen View Jury Award, selected by a group of Nantucket junior high school students, went to BIRTHDAY, written & directed by Chris King.

Earlier this weekend, the winner of the ninth annual Adrienne Shelly Foundation Excellence in Filmmaking Award was announced, which bestows a cash prize to a female filmmaker in honor of the late director. The award went to director Crystal Moselle for her acclaimed debut documentary, THE WOLFPACK.

Finalists For The 2015 Showtime Tony Cox 60-Minute and 30-Minute TV Competitions

We're pleased to announce the three finalists in our Showtime Tony Cox 60-Minute and 30-Minute TV Competitions. Winners of both competitions will receive a $1000 cash prize, an all access pass to the festival and a consultation with a Showtime programming executive. Thank you to everyone who submitted and stay tuned for the winners!

60-Minute TV Pilots

Kingdom of Fife by D.L. Wright

A decadent story of power, obscene wealth, romantic entanglements and one reputation ruining incident -- involving a sheep.

ICE by Estella Gabriel

ICE is a hard-hitting, character-driven television series in the hyperrealism style of “The Wire” that captures the conflicts, violence, and humanity of the gritty world of the Nogales, Arizona/Mexico border, a volatile region where nothing is as it seems.

Wilde Life by Andrea Janakas

When forensics detective Logan Wilde is transferred from homicide to wildlife after being obsessed with a cold-case that she could not let go of, she finds herself leaving the city to work out of a small lab in Oregon, investigating the billion dollar business of animal trafficking.

30-Minute TV Pilots

On Cloud Nine by Mimi Jeffries

After accepting a bride to attend her twin brother's wedding, a single mother with no real prospects finds herself running her dysfunctional family's wedding planning company, On Cloud Nine.

Dead to Me by Stephanie Westendorf

A late 20s couple finally ends their long-decaying relationship, but when Mira, Damien's ex-girlfriend, suddenly dies and re-appears post-mortem without the ability to leave Damien's side, the pair are once again stuck together.

Sold by Jonathan Schwartz

An art historian begins working at a fine ­arts auction house, where she clashes with the profits­ driven director and high­ society chairman.