The Nantucket Film Festival provides free educational opportunities for Nantucket teens all year long.

In keeping with the Nantucket Film Festival’s mission of highlighting screenwriters, and serving as a staple of NFF’s educational initiatives for over fifteen years, the Teen View on NFF focuses on empowering Nantucket teens by teaching screenwriting and filmmaking skills. The program encompasses year-round Writing Labs and a week-long Filmmaking Program during the week of NFF, where students present their short film projects to the island community.

We are incredibly thankful to the local organizations who provide yearly grant support.

Foundation Grant Support from:

Year-Round Labs

Nantucket High School students participating in our Teen View Labs have an opportunity to develop the basic skills required to write, shoot, and edit documentary and narrative films. Students spend the winter and spring in the Labs creating films from four to six minutes long. The films are then analyzed and critiqued by their peers, and the students’ finished products have their world premiere screenings during NFF. 


Andrew Cromartie

Andrew Cromartie grew up on Nantucket and was one of the first students in the Nantucket Film Festival’s ‘Teen View’ program.   He received his associate’s degree from the New York School for Film and Television in 2008, and since then has had experience in videography in Boston and New York City. Currently, he’s working as a Producer, Station Manager, and Instructor for Nantucket Community Television, Channel 18.

At the Festival


As part of our commitment to youth education, we’re rolling out the red carpet for student filmmakers!

During the festival, we present all the short films that are produced by the Nantucket High School students participating in our Teen View Labs. This exhibition of the work they wrote, directed, produced, and edited is a mix of narrative, documentary, and mockumentary films. Students are given access to professional equipment and ultimately have the opportunity to show their work to a festival audience.


Students in our year-round Teen View Labs may also participate in a week-long crash course in production. The students work alongside a professional production crew to shoot and edit footage during the film festival for archival and promotional purposes. 


A group of Nantucket eighth-graders are selected to be on a jury with the goal of picking the best short film at the festival. They screen and deliberate each film, and in the process learn the fundamentals of critical film analysis. At the end of the festival, the jury presents the Short Film Award to the film that rises above the rest. (Teen View Coordinator: Rick Colon)

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