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17th Nantucket Film Festival

June 20-24, 2012

Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States

What’s It All About?

The Nantucket International Film Festival (NFF) was founded by brother-and-sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996. It promotes the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting in the world of cinema. NFF screens a world-class programme of independent, studio-produced, foreign, documentary and short films in every genre, including many theatrical premieres. Approximately 20 feature films and 15-25 short films are selected annually, keeping in mind great screenwriting and storytelling.

Now in its 17th year, NFF attracts visitors from all over to experience preview screenings, signature programmes and stand-out hospitality.

Watch Out For!

Opening Day Film

Brave, an animation feature film produced by Katherine Sarafian, directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, stars Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson and John Ratzenberger. The film is set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland and follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of royalty.

Opening Night Film

Beasts Of The Southern Wild, a feature film, is produced by Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey and Josh Penn, and directed by Benh Zeitlin. The film stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Jonshel Alexander, Marilyn Barbarin, Kaliana Brower, Nicholas Clark, Henry D Coleman and Levy Easterly. It is a story of a young girl in a forgotten bayou community. A six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. She believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe, until a fierce storm changes her reality.

NFF, as one of its highlights, will showcase Fog and Flounder Radio Hour as its Signature Program. It celebrates sketch comedy writing with incredible actors, old friends, special guests and musical performances.

Feature films that will form the major highlights of the festival

Liberal Arts

Produced by Brice Dal Farra, Claude Dal Farra, Jesse Hara, Lauren Munsch, Josh Radnor and Bryan Thomas, and directed by Josh Radnor, the film is a comedy-drama about a 35-year-old named Jesse who has a romantic relationship with Zibby, a 19-year-old college student.

Robot And Frank

Produced by Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Sam Bisbee and Galt Niederhoffer, and directed by Jake Schreier, this is a poignant story about family, friendship and technology.

Sleepwalk With Me

Produced by Jacob Jaffke and directed by Mike Birbiglia, this film follows a self-deprecating bartender as he juggles a burgeoning career as a stand-up comedian, a too-serious relationship with his girlfriend, Abby, and a severe sleepwalking disorder that causes him to act out his dreams.


Writer-director, Jenny Deller will be awarded the 2009 Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenplay Competition Award.

With the screening of the film Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Nancy Meyers will receive the annual screenwriters tribute from the Nantucket Film Festival 2012.

Rory Kennedy will receive the Special Achievement in Documentary Storytelling for her film Ethel. The film is a personal portrait of her mother Ethel Kennedy’s political awakening and the life she shared with Robert F Kennedy. It also talks about the years following his death when she raised their 11 children on her own.

The writer of the film Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Lucy Alibar, and writer/director Behn Zeitlin will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting Award.

Closing Night Film

Your Sister’s Sister, produced by Steven Schardt and directed by Lynn Shelton, features Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass and Mike Birbiglia. It explores the complexities of relationships with remarkable humour, sensitivity, and warmth.










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