21st Annual

Nantucket Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

June 22, 2016 to June 27, 2016

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Narrative (Feature)
The Nantucket Film Festival screens both domestic and international features from every genre, all selected with an eye towards storytelling.

Narrative Features are eligible for the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. Prize information and additional awards to be announced.

Female writer/directors are also eligible for the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Excellence in Filmmaking Award, complete with a $5,000 cash prize.
Narrative (Short)
The Nantucket Film Festival screens both domestic and international shorts from every genre, all selected with an eye towards storytelling.

Short films are eligible for our Best Short Film, awarded by a jury of film industry professionals, and are eligible for the Audience Award for Best Short and the Teen View on NFF Award, chosen by a jury composed of Nantucket students. Prize information and additional awards to be announced.
Documentary (Feature)
The Nantucket Film Festival screens both domestic and international features from every genre, all selected with an eye towards storytelling.

Documentary Features are eligible for the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. Prize information and additional awards to be announced.

Female directors are also eligible for the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Excellence in Filmmaking Award, complete with a $5,000 cash prize.
Documentary (Short)
The Nantucket Film Festival screens both domestic and international shorts from every genre, all selected with an eye towards storytelling.

Short films are eligible for our Best Short Film, awarded by a jury of film industry professionals, and are eligible for the Audience Award for Best Short and the Teen View on NFF Award, chosen by a jury composed of Nantucket students. Prize information and additional awards to be announced.
Animation (Feature)
The Nantucket Film Festival screens both domestic and international features from every genre, all selected with an eye towards storytelling.

Animated Features are eligible for the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. Prize information and additional awards to be announced.

Female writer/directors are also eligible for the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Excellence in Filmmaking Award, complete with a $5,000 cash prize.
Animation (Short)
The Nantucket Film Festival screens both domestic and international shorts from every genre, all selected with an eye towards storytelling.

Short films are eligible for our Best Short Film, awarded by a jury of film industry professionals, and are eligible for the Audience Award for Best Short and the Teen View on NFF Award, chosen by a jury composed of Nantucket students. Prize information and additional awards to be announced.

Traditionally, we have curated a selection of Animated Shorts aimed at families and children called Kids' Shorts. The vast majority of short films selected for programs were submitted through Withoutabox in 2014 and 2015.
Showtime's Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition
Showtime's Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition recognizes an emerging feature screenplay as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting. The prize includes a $5,000 cash award, a month-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in October courtesy of The Screenwriters Colony, a complimentary trip to the Nantucket Film Festival in June, and an invitation to our Mentors Brunch with a leading industry screenwriter.

Notable Feature Screenplay Competition winners to have been produced and distributed theatrically include: Debra Granik's DOWN TO THE BONE, Jennifer Maisel's THE LAST SEDER, Sophie Barthes' COLD SOULS, Jenny Deller's FUTURE WEATHER, and Patrick Tobin's CAKE.

Recent Mentors Brunch advisors include: Robert Towne, David O. Russell, Mike Cahill, Barry Levinson, Paul Haggis, and Nancy Meyers.
Showtime's Tony Cox Short Screenplay Competition
Showtime's Tony Cox Short Screenplay Competition recognizes an emerging short screenplay as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting. The prize includes a $500 cash award, a VIP-access pass to the Festival, and an invitation to our Mentors Brunch with a leading industry screenwriter.

The inaugural 2013 winner of the Short Screenplay Competition, THE BRAVEST, THE BOLDEST, went on to world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and screened as part of the 2014 Nantucket Film Festival program.

Recent Mentors Brunch advisors include: Robert Towne, David O. Russell, Mike Cahill, Barry Levinson, Paul Haggis, and Nancy Meyers.

Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (60 Min) Competition
Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (60 Min) Competition recognizes an emerging original hour-long television pilot as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award, a one-on-one consultation with a Showtime executive, a VIP-access pass to the Festival, and an invitation to our Mentors Brunch with a leading industry screenwriter.

Recent Mentors Brunch advisors include: Robert Towne, David O. Russell, Mike Cahill, Barry Levinson, Paul Haggis, and Nancy Meyers.
Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition
Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition recognizes an emerging original half-hour television pilot as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award, a two-weeks-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in June courtesy of The Screenwriters Colony and NFF, a one-on-one consultation with a Showtime executive, a VIP-access pass to the Festival, and an invitation to our Mentors Brunch with a leading industry screenwriter.

Recent Mentors Brunch advisors include: Robert Towne, David O. Russell, Mike Cahill, Barry Levinson, Paul Haggis, and Nancy Meyers.
Showtime's Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition (Script Analysis Option)
Showtime's Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition recognizes an emerging feature screenplay as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by a prestigious jury, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting. The prize includes a $5,000 cash award, a complimentary trip to the Nantucket Film Festival in June, a month-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in October courtesy of The Screenwriters Colony, and an invitation to our Mentors Brunch with a leading industry screenwriter.

Notable Feature Screenplay Competition winners to have been produced and distributed theatrically include: Debra Granik's DOWN TO THE BONE, Jennifer Maisel's THE LAST SEDER, Sophie Barthes' COLD SOULS, Jenny Deller's FUTURE WEATHER, and Patrick Tobin's CAKE.

Recent Mentors Brunch advisors include: Robert Towne, David O. Russell, Mike Cahill, Barry Levinson, Paul Haggis, and Nancy Meyers.

SCRIPT ANALYSIS OPTION:
The Nantucket Film Festival is committed to helping screenwriters develop well crafted, high quality screenplays through our Script Analysis service.

Contrary to internal “coverage” designed to save time for film executives, our script analysis is envisioned with the writer in mind. We offer you the opportunity to learn what does and doesn’t work before your screenplay reaches the development desk. Our analysis is meant to be constructive and help you improve your script.

ANALYSIS INCLUDES:
* A well crafted log-line you will be able to use to describe your story;
* Genre suggestion;
* Scores on the critical elements of the script: story structure, plot development, character development, dialogue, marketability, and originality; (1 page)
* Critical evaluation on the elements of the script: story structure, plot development, character development, dialogue, marketability, and originality (2 pages).

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Nantucket Film Festival promotes the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting and storytelling in the world of cinema.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) was founded in 1996 to spotlight the screenwriters and screenwriting in today's cinema. From its conception, NFF has been dedicated to the notion that the screenwriter's contribution is at the core of filmmaking.

For six days in June, screenwriting and storytelling is celebrated with over 100 films screened (features and shorts, narratives and documentaries) and through our Signature Programs, making the NFF one of the most unique destination film festivals in the world.

Our Showtime's Tony Cox Screenplay Competitions award over $7,000 total in cash prizes to winners, and include VIP-passes to the Nantucket Film Festival.

In addition to a $5,000 cash prize, our Feature Screenplay Competition winner is invited to participate in a month-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in October through our sister organization, The Screenwriters Colony. The Colony is an invite-only retreat for four writers each year, featuring complimentary housing and meals, and with writing mentorships from visiting industry professionals. The winner of NFF's Feature Screenplay Competition is the ONLY public means of entry to the Colony.

Notable Feature Screenplay Competition winners to have been produced and distributed theatrically include: Debra Granik's DOWN TO THE BONE, Jennifer Maisel's THE LAST SEDER, Sophie Barthes' COLD SOULS, Jenny Deller's FUTURE WEATHER, and Patrick Tobin's CAKE.

Our feature film program consists of about 40-50 features and includes narratives and documentaries. Recent NFF alums include INSIDE OUT, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, MISTRESS AMERICA, THE WOLFPACK, BOYHOOD, LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, SHORT TERM 12, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, MARGIN CALL, BUCK, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, THE HURT LOCKER, and THE COVE.

The vast majority of shorts films programmed at NFF are submitted through Withoutabox. In 2014, 100% of our shorts programs consisted of WAB submissions. All of our shorts are eligible for a variety of awards, and short filmmakers are invited to participate in our annual Mentors Brunch with a prominent screenwriter and our Showtime Tony Cox Awards Brunch for filmmakers.

Our world-class Signature Programs begin with the Screenwriters Tribute, honoring the achievements of a prominent screenwriter with past recipients including Robert Towne, Aaron Sorkin, David O. Russell, Nancy Meyers, Barry Levinson, Judd Apatow, Alexander Payne, and Charlie Kaufman.

Other Signature Programs include the All-Star Comedy Roundtable Presented by Ben Stiller, which has featured the likes of Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Seth Meyers, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Aziz Ansari, Billy Eichner, and Jenny Slate; the lively Late Night Storytelling event; the In Their Shoes... conversation series hosted by MSNBC's Chris Matthews; annual Staged Readings of unproduced screenplays; and our Morning Coffee panel series.

Our on-going program partnerships including The Black List, The Screenwriters Colony, and Facing History & Ourselves.

ORGANIZERS

Basil Tsiokos (Film Program Director); Bill Curran (Festival Producer); Bill Curran (Festival Producer); Sarah Salovaara (Programming Coordinator)

GENERAL RULES

MAKE SURE TO READ ALL ELIGIBILITY AND OTHER RULES CORRESPONDING TO EACH CATEGORY BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR FILM OR SCREENPLAY.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows:
1. I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered;
2. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;
3. This film/script is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;
4. I am duly authorized to submit this film/script to the Festival and it's Competition;
5. I hold the Nantucket Film Festival harmless from damage to or loss of the print to or from the Festival or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession of the film. I certify that I hold all necessary rights for this submission and accept the regulations of the Nantucket Film Festival.