The Nantucket Film Festival’s most esteemed awards recognize writers and filmmakers from film and television for their significant contributions to the art of storytelling. These honors are presented annually during the film festival at a gala celebration. 

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The Screenwriters Tribute Award is the highest honor presented by the Festival. Established in 1998, this award honors an individual whose history in screenwriting has made a distinct impact on American cinema. The Screenwriters Tribute Award is not a “lifetime achievement” award, but rather an acknowledgement of the indelible impact these artists have made on the hearts and minds of people all over the world through their writing for the screen. These writers link us to our past and provide a glimpse into our future.

2019 Honors: LESLIE DIXON

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For more than thirty years, screenwriter Leslie Dixon has been writing some of the seminal comedies of our time—from Mrs. Doubtfire to Overboard—imagining into existence iconic characters who have been brought to cinematic life by the greatest comedians. And, as if that weren’t enough, Dixon has also kept audiences on the edge of their seats with smart and suspenseful screenplays like Limitless and The Thomas Crown Affair. Add to this already heady list an adaptation of the musical Hairspray and Freaky Friday, and one can easily understand why the Nantucket Film Festival is delighted to honor Leslie Dixon with the Screenwriters Tribute Award.




Brittany Snow is an actor, singer, producer, director, and advocate with a body of work that ranges from features like the Pitch Perfect franchise and Hairspray, to award-winning independent films like Vicious Kind, to television series including American Dreams. She can currently be seen in Netflix’s Someone Great as well as the star of a new FOX drama airing later this year. Brittany is screening her directorial debut Milkshake at this year’s Festival.


Nikki Blonsky is an actress, singer, and dancer who is best known for her portrayal of Tracy Turnblad in the hit film Hairspray. She has gone on to appear in other films like Geography ClubThe English Teacher, and Queen Sized. Blonsky also starred as the lead in the ABC Family original series Huge, and has guest starred on Ugly Betty and Smash.


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Live from New York—it’s Saturday night! That famous phrase has resounded in living rooms and bedrooms for the past 44 years, signaling the start of the groundbreaking and long-running sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. Taking a page from a television show that gleefully broke all the rules, we will stretch the award for Creative Impact in Television to celebrate five women from different generations of the iconic late-night series. The television show has created a host of talented writers, actors, and comedians, and these women have been and are at the forefront of developing work that makes one think, respond, and, most of all, laugh. 

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Anne Beatts is a TV writer-producer who has won two Emmys and a WGA Award for Saturday Night Live. She also created and produced Square Pegs and co-executive-produced A Different World. Most recently she executive-produced and co-directed John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You. Beatts was the first woman contributing editor of the National Lampoon and is currently developing a Blues Brothers series with Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi.



Jane Curtin was one of the original members of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on Saturday Night Live. During her five-year run on SNL, Curtin received critical acclaim and two Emmy nominations for her creation of many memorable characters. She has since starred on Kate and Allie, twice earning an Emmy, and also had a six-year run on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Curtin’s most recent credits include The Heat, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and The Spy Who Dumped Me

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Heidi Gardner

Heidi Gardner is a current member of the Saturday Night Live cast. In addition to appearing on SNL, she voices Tuva Von Void in the animated series Alien News Desk with Will Forte and Cooch in the series SuperMansion with Bryan Cranston; she also guest starred on the final season of Veep. Gardner appeared in the comedy feature Life of the Party and is in the upcoming feature Otherhood with Angela Bassett. She will also voice a role in the upcoming Sony animated feature The Mitchells vs. the Machines.



Sudi Green is a two-time WGA Award-winning and four-time Emmy-nominated supervising writer on Saturday Night Live. She’s the founder and co-head writer for the musical sketch group Pop Roulette, and her other credits include guest starring on Red Oaks, and Girls and writing for Maya and Marty. In addition to SNL, Sudi is also currently writing and producing for the Aidy Bryant series Shrill.



Sarah Schneider is a two-time WGA Award winner and eight-time Emmy-nominated writer and producer. She is the co-creator and executive producer of The Other Two, and was previously the youngest ever head co-writer for Saturday Night Live. During her time at SNL, Schneider also wrote for the acclaimed Netflix series Master of None, and prior to that was a writer and performer as part of the original editorial staff of CollegeHumor.

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