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 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, and encompasses year-round Writing Labs and the week-long Filmmaking Program during the week of the Film Festival, where students present their short film projects to the island community.
We are incredibly thankful to the local organizations who provide yearly grant support.
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Nantucket High School students participating in our Teen View Labs have an opportunity to develop the basic skills required to write, shoot, and edit documentaries and narrative films. Students spend the winter and spring in the Labs creating films from four to six minutes long. The students’ films are then analyzed and critiqued by their peers. The finished films have their world premiere screenings during the Festival.
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 Associates 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.
Jeff Tocci is a writer/director based out of Washington D.C., where he is currently working on a film with his production company, Digital Handmade. Jeff also works full-time as a video producer for 2U, a technology education company partnering with major universities to convert their masters programs into an online space. This is Jeff’s fourth year teaching the Teen View program, which he transformed from a weeklong production intensive into an eight-month program.
At the Festival
TEEN VIEW SHORTS SHOWCASE
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 were produced by the Nantucket High School students participating in the Teen View Labs. This exhibition of the work they wrote, directed, produced, and edited are a mix of narrative, documentary, and mockumentary films. Students are given access to professional equipment and now will have the opportunity to show their work to a festival audience.
TEEN VIEW INTENSIVE
Students in our year-round Teen View Labs may also participate in this week-long crash course in production. The students work along side a professional production crew to shoot and edit footage during the film festival for archival and promotional purposes.
TEEN VIEW JURY
A group Nantucket eighth graders are selected to be on a jury with the goal of picking the best short film at the film festival. They will screen and deliberate each film, and in the process learn the fundamentals of critical film analysis. At the end of the Festival, the jury will present the Short Film Award to the film that rise above the rest. (Teen View Coordinator: Rick Colon)
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