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Nantucket Film Festival

June 25-30, 2014

Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States

What’s It All About?

The Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) was founded by brother-and-sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996. The festival promotes the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting in the world of cinema.

The NFF screens a world-class programme of independent, studio-produced, foreign, documentary and short films in every genre and includes many theatrical premieres. About 20 feature films and 15-25 short films are selected annually, keeping in mind great screenwriting and storytelling.

Now in its 19th year, NFF attracts visitors from all over to experience preview screenings, signature programmes and stand-out hospitality.

Watch Out For!

Opening Day Film: Disney Pixar Shorts

Like last year, this year too, the Nantucket Film Festival has partnered with Pixar on opening day.

This collection of beloved short films spans three decades, in which the magic of Pixar brings the commonplace to life, from desk lamps (Luxo Jr.) and umbrellas (The Blue Umbrella) to clouds (Partly Cloudy) and souvenirs (Knick Knack); imbues indelible personality in birds (For The Birds), sheep (Boundin’), aliens (Lifted), and magic rabbits (Presto); and even checks in with some familiar faces (Hawaiian Vacation, Party Central) to bring joy and wonder to the kid in all of us.

Opening Night Film: The Skeleton Twins

Infused with comedy and heartbreak, the film features Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged siblings. Directed by Craig Johnson, the film is about a failed suicide attempt, which forces estranged twins (Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig) to come to terms with their relationships and the disappointments in their lives.

Centrepiece Film: I Origins

Writer/director Mike Cahill has directed this daring new foray into the metaphysical connections between love and science. Working with his partner Karen (Brit Marling), molecular biologist Ian (Michael Pitt), a specialist in the evolution of the eye, makes a startling, potentially world-altering discovery – one with profound personal implications. Seeking confirmation of his theories, he sets off halfway across the world to meet his destiny.

Cahill is also this year’s recipient of the New Voices in Screenwriting Award, presented at the Screenwriters Tribute on June 28 at the festival.

Spotlight Films include:

• Begin Again

• Last Days In Vietnam

• Life Itself

• Love Is Strange

• The One I Love

The Feature Film line-up includes:

• 112 Weddings

• 10,000 kms

• Actress

• Alive Inside

• Appropriate Behaviour

• Calvary

• Break Point

• Creep

• Gabriel

• Warren

• Life Ho!

Closing Night Film: Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s latest film, Boyhood, is a revelation, a coming-of-age story in which a boy transforms into a young man before the viewer’s eyes. The film witnesses moments in the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he navigates growing up from six to 18 and negotiates his relationship with divorced parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette).

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