NFF Alumni Emmy Nominees

The 2019 Primetime Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, and we’re proud and thrilled to congratulate the NFF alums included! Watch for the winners on September 22 at 8pm!

Directing for Documentary/Non-fiction Program:
Julie Cohen, Betsy West, RBG, CNN (NFF Now)
Tim Wardle, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS, CNN (NFF 2018)

Documentary or Non-fiction Special:
JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS, HBO (NFF 2018)
LOVE, GILDA, CNN (NFF 2018)
MINDING THE GAP, Hulu (NFF 2018)
THE INVENTOR: OUT FOR BLOOD IN SILICON VALLEY, HBO (NFF Now)

Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking:
RBG, CNN (NFF Now)
THE SENTENCE, HBO (NFF 2018)
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS, CNN (NFF 2018)

Writing for a Variety Series:
Saturday Night Live, NBC (includes NFF 2019 Honoree Sudi Green among the nominated writers)

Outstanding Limited Series:
Escape at Dannemora, Showtime (NFF Board Member Ben Stiller executive produced and directed all episodes)

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
INCREDIBLES 2, Brad Bird

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)
MINDING THE GAP, Bing Liu
RBG, Betsy West, Julie Cohen - NFF Now

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

Foreign Language Film
SHOPLIFTERS (Japan) - NFF Now

Awards Season is Here!

Take a look at all the NFF alums and friends that are currently being recognized, and stay tuned for another round of nominations and wins in the coming weeks!

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Academy Award Shortlist (nominations coming on January 22!)

Documentary Feature:
CRIME + PUNISHMENT
DARK MONEY
MINDING THE GAP
RBG (NFF Now)
SHIRKERS
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Documentary Short Subjects:
END GAME
MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES

Foreign Language Film:
SHOPLIFTERS (NFF Now)

Music (Original Score):
THE DEATH OF STALIN (NFF Now)

Music (Original Song):
RBG (NFF Now)

Short Film (Animated):
BAO

Short Film (Live Action):
CAROLINE

Visual Effects:
INCREDIBLES 2


Golden Globe Nominees and Winners

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Glenn Close (THE WIFE) WINNER

Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture
Peter Farrelly*, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (GREEN BOOK) WINNER

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominee: Elsie Fisher (EIGHTH GRADE)

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
Nominee: SHOPLIFTERS (NFF Now)

Best Animated Film
Nominee: INCREDIBLES 2

*Peter Farrelly was a longtime host for NFF's Late Night Storytelling


Writers Guild of America Nominees

Original Screenplay
EIGHTH GRADE, Written by Bo Burnham; A24
GREEN BOOK, Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly*; Universal Pictures

Documentary Screenplay
BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, Written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant; Focus Features
GENERATION WEALTH, Written by Lauren Greenfield; Amazon Studios

*Peter Farrelly was a longtime host for NFF's Late Night Storytelling


Directors Guild of America Nominees

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (directed by 2018 Documentary Achievement honoree Morgan Neville)
THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
RBG (NFF Now)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Peter Farrelly* for GREEN BOOK

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director
Bo Burnham for EIGHTH GRADE
Matthew Heineman** for A PRIVATE WAR

*Peter Farelly was a longtime host for NFF’s Late Night Storytelling
**NFF has screened Heineman's past documentary features.


Critics' Choice Awards

Best Actress (TIE)
Glenn Close – THE WIFE — WINNER

Best Young Actor/Actress
Elsie Fisher – EIGHTH GRADE — WINNER
Thomasin McKenzie – “Leave No Trace” - Nominee

Best Director
Peter Farrelly* – GREEN BOOK - Nominee

Best Original Screenplay
Bo Burnham – EIGHTH GRADE - Nominee
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly* – GREEN BOOK - Nominee

Best Animated Feature
INCREDIBLES 2 - Nominee

Best Comedy
THE DEATH OF STALIN (NFF Now) - Nominee

Best Actress in a Comedy
Elsie Fisher – EIGHTH GRADE - Nominee

Best Foreign Language Film
SHOPLIFTERS (NFF Now) - Nominee

Best Song
“I’ll Fight” from RBG (NFF Now) - Nominee

*Peter Farelly was a longtime host for NFF’s Late Night Storytelling

#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!

THE BIG SICK

THE BIG SICK

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
THE KEEPERS


BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards)

Nominee: Outstanding British Film and Adapted Screenplay
THE DEATH OF STALIN (March NFF Now film)

Nominee: Documentary
CITY OF GHOSTS
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL


 Film Independent Spirit Awards:

Nominee: Best First Feature
MENASHE
PATTI CAKE$

WINNER: INGRID GOES WEST

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

Nominee: Best Male Lead
Harris Dickinson for BEACH RATS

Nominee: Best Documentary
MOTHERLAND
QUEST


Nominee: Best Supporting Female
Holly Hunter for THE BIG SICK
Lois Smith for MARJORIE PRIME

Nominee: Best Cinematography
Hélène Louvart for BEACH RATS

WINNER: JEEP TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
QUEST


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

Nick Broomfield Will Receive Special Achievement In Documentary Storytelling Award

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield will be presented with the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling Award at #NFF17. The BAFTA-winning filmmaker is best known for his celebrated work spanning over forty years, including Kurt & Courtney, Biggie and Tupac, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, and The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife. His latest documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me, co-directed with Rudi Dolezal, tells the story of Whitney Houston's extraordinary life and tragic death.

Broomfield studied film at the National Film School, after discovering his love for photography on a foreign exchange visit in France at the age of 15.

He made his first film Who Cares about Slum Clearance in Liverpool, while at University, by borrowing a wind up Bolex camera, and shooting it on short ends. Professor Colin Young at the NFS had a great influence on his work encouraging participant observation, as well as introducing him to Joan Churchill. Together Joan and Nick made several films, Juvenille Liaison, Tattooed Tears, Soldier Girls, Lily Tomlin, and more recently Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer. They also have a son together.

Broomfield was originally influenced by the observational style of Fred Wiseman, and Robert Leacock and Pennebaker, before moving on largely by accident to the more idiosyncratic style for which he is better known. While making Driving me Crazy, Nick decided to place himself and the producer of the film in the story, as a way of making sense of the event.

This experiment led to a sense of greater freedom, from the confines of observational cinema, and led to a more investigative and experimental type of filmmaking. ie The Leader, the Driver and the Drivers Wife, Aileen Wuornos, Kurt and Courtney, and Biggie and Tupac.

He is the recipient of the following prestigious awards, among others: Sundance first prize, British Academy Award, Prix Italia, Dupont Peabody Award, Grierson Award, Hague Peace Prize, and the Amnesty International Doen Award.

Join us at the Screenwriters Tribute on June 23 to celebrate Nick Broomfield's extraordinary career!

NFF Represented in Awards Season

We'd like to take a minute to say a huge congratulations to all of the #NFF16 alums who have been nominated (and won) this awards season! Watch with us: the BAFTAs on February 12, the Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25,  and the 89th Academy Awards on February 26, where we'll cheer on Life, Animated (Best Documentary Feature),  Joe's Violin (Best Documentary Short Subject), Piper (Best Animated Short)and Viggo Mortensen (Actor in a Leading Role) from Captain Fantastic.

Cameraperson

Cameraperson

Additionally, congratulations to this year's #NFF16 winners of the CINEMA EYE HONORS (Outstanding Achievements in Documentary Film):

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
Cameraperson

Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Nels Bangerter - Cameraperson

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Kirsten Johnson - Cameraperson

Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film
Directed by Nanfu Wang - Hooligan Sparrow

Audience Choice Prize
Directed by Clay Tweel - Gleason

NFF Congratulates Oscar-Nominated Filmmakers

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Several Festival alums have been honored with Oscar Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards in this morning's announcement.

Best Animated Feature
ANOMALISA (Written/directed by past Screenwriters Tribute honoree, Charlie Kaufman)
INSIDE OUT
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE

Best Documentary Feature
CARTEL LAND, Matthew Heineman
WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?, Liz Garbus

Best Foreign Film
THEEB (pictured, NFF Now screening Jan 21!)

Best Original Screenplay
INSIDE OUT

Best Short Film, Animated
BEAR STORY

Best Song
RACING EXTINCTION

Thomas McCarthy, a past Juror for the Festival, is a Best Director nominee for SPOTLIGHT, and receiving 2 nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress is STEVE JOBS, written by NFF 2014 Screenwriters Tribute Honoree, Aaron Sorkin.

The entire list of screenplay nominees are:

Best Adapted Screenplay
BROOKLYN, Nick Hornby
CAROL, Phyllis Nagy
ROOM, Emma Donoghue
THE BIG SHORT, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
THE MARTIAN, Drew Goddard

Best Original Screenplay
BRIDGE OF SPIES, Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
EX MACHINA, Alex Garland
INSIDE OUT, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter,
Ronnie del Carmen
SPOTLIGHT, Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

We also want to congratulate NFF alumni who won awards at last night's annual Cinema Eye Honors, which recognizes outstanding achievements in documentary film:
CARTEL LAND
MERU
THE WOLFPACK
HOTEL 22

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.

Finalists For The 2015 Showtime Tony Cox Short Screenplay Competition

NFF is proud to announce the three finalists for our Showtime Tony Cox Short Screenplay Competition. The winner, to be announced during the festival, will receive a $500 cash prize, an all access pass to attend the fest, and more. Stay tuned, and thanks to everyone who submitted.

Boomerang the Great by Ana Dominick

When her Grandpa dies, a lonely 7-­year-­old girl embarks on a tireless odyssey from the Mojave to Australia to reunite with her estranged Mama.

More Cow Bell by Andy Nellis

On this farm, black eyes and slaughter are what keeps a family together.

Stronghold by Cornelius Murphy

Madison's visit to her father's house reveals a troubling secret from the man she thought she knew.