Now in its 16th year, the Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) was founded by brother-and-sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996. The Burkharts lived on the island year round, and with their love of movies and the community, they knew it was the perfect place to launch a film festival.
In 1997, Mystelle Brabbée joined the team and today, with Colin Stanfield as Executive Director, NFF continues to thrive, always remaining true to its mission.
NFF has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors arrive from all over to experience the festival’s preview screenings, signature programmes, and stand-out hospitality on a magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere and beautiful sandy beaches.
Now expanded to five days, the festival has various bonanzas to offer like Signature Programs and some great films.
Opening Night Films at the 2011 Film Festival
Cars 2 will open the festival on June 22, just ahead of the animated film’s June 24 national release in the US.
NFF’s second opening-night film is the Sundance Film Festival award-winner Buck, a documentary on the life of famed horse trainer Buck Brannaman.
Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground has been chosen as the official Closing Night Film Selection.
Other Spotlights include Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times, Submarine, Terri, and Unraveled.
This year’s Screenwriters Tribute will honor Academy Award-winning writer/director Paul Haggis. Haggis is the only screenwriter to have written back-to-back Oscar winners for Best Picture. Also featured at the Tribute event will be Cars 2 scribe Ben Queen, honored with the New Voices in Screenwriting Award.
With a total of 55 films and more to be announced soon, the most the festival has ever shown, a full day has been added to its line-up.
Among other awards to be given this year will be the Audience Award for Best Feature and Best Short, Showtime’s Tony Cox Awards for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film and Short Film, the Teen View on NFF Award and Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film. Also making its return is the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award, which gives a cash prize annually to a promising female writer/director at the festival.