The Nantucket Film Festival and Screenwriters Colony launched a new writers program in 2016, the Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy.

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

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Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy

The Nantucket Film Festival’s Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition winner received one of the spots in the writers-in-residence program. The Tony Cox Screenplay Competitions are sponsored by Showtime.

Eric Gilliland serves 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 Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University.

SPECIAL EVENT | Script Reading—Selections from Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy 

Date: Thursday, June 21 at White Heron Theatre Company
Reading at 2:30 PM
**Free for the community**


huong nguyen
all we do is nguyen
Winner: Showtime Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition

An ambitious woman's path to the perfect life is interrupted when she moves back home and attempts to fix her backwards immigrant family.


abby haglage
when there are nine

An all-female Supreme Court juggles its role as final arbiter of the law with another, less-enviable task earning the respect of the American public.


sarah jean kruchowski

A washed-up cat parasite with power issues and her dim but lovable lieutenant try to take over the world from the brain of their human using the power of cats on social media.



zack Phillips

An apologetic, romantically timid 30-something tries to come out of his shell.

About Screenwriters Colony

The Nantucket Film Festival is proud of its decade-long partnership with the Screenwriters Colony, an alliance dedicated to developing new writing talent. Each year the winner of NFF’s Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition receives an all-expenses-paid, month-long artist residency with the Screenwriters Colony.

The Screenwriters Colony is an artists residency and mentorship program dedicated to supporting the next generation of talent. Its purpose is to offer screenwriters in the early stage of their careers a place to work and live that encourages them to find their voices and push the boundaries of their craft under the guidance of established industry professionals. 

Each year the Screenwriters Colony brings four emerging screenwriters together during the month of October to live and work together at picturesque Almanack Farm, perched on the edge of Nantucket’s cranberry bog conservation land. To ensure a comfortable and inspiring work environment, the Screenwriters Colony is an all-expenses-paid residency. Writers are provided with round-trip transportation to the Colony, a chef, shared car, bicycles, and private workspace.

Selected from a pool of industry-nominated candidates, the four writers-in-residence are granted ample time to generate and refine their projects and share work amongst themselves. With the belief that unique visions exist in every genre, and that the most dynamic group is made up of a diversity of voices, the Colony supports writers working in all genres from mainstream to independent to experimental.

Two industry mentors are brought up on three weekends throughout the month to workshop each of the writers’ screenplays. In addition to intensive one-on-one feedback sessions, writers and mentors enjoy an informal and sociable Colony experience over dinners and other island outings. Mentors are drawn from an ever-expanding pool of accomplished screenwriters, directors, producers and executives from throughout the industry.

Former Mentors and Advisors:

  • Campbell Scott, actor/writer/director (Off the Map, Big Night, Rodger Dodger)

  • Oren Moverman, screenwriter (Jesus’ Son, I’m Not There, The Messenger)

  • Bingham Ray, founder October Films and former president of United Artists

  • L.M. Kit Carson, producer/screenwriter (Paris, Texas, Bottle Rocket)

  • Coleman Hough, screenwriter (Full Frontal, Bubble)

  • Lawrence Inglee, creative executive at Marc Gordon Pictures (Saving Private Ryan, The Day After Tomorrow)

  • Whit Stillman, writer/director (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco)

  • Patty Jenkins, writer/director (Monster)

  • Dan Harris, writer/director (Imaginary Heroes) and screenwriter (Superman Returns, X­-Men)

  • Peter Sollett and Eva Vives, writer/director and co­writer (Raising Victor Vargas)