24th Annual

Nantucket Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

June 19, 2019 to June 24, 2019

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

Short films are eligible for the Audience Award for Best Short, as well as 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 considered 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 the Audience Award for Best Short, as well as the Teen View on NFF Award, chosen by a jury composed of Nantucket students. Prize information and additional awards to be announced.
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 an industry jury, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a festival focused specifically on screenwriting. The prize includes a $5,000 cash award, a VIP Festival pass, a month-long writers' retreat on Nantucket in October courtesy of Screenwriters Colony, a complimentary trip to the Nantucket Film Festival in June, a reception in honor of the competition winners at NFF, and an invitation to our Mentor's 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, Patrick Tobin's CAKE, and Stella Meghie's JEAN OF THE JONESES.

Recent Mentors Brunch advisors include: Noah Baumbach, Davey Holmes, George Pelecanos, Oliver Stone, 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 an industry jury, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting. The prize includes a $500 cash award, a Festival pass, a reception in honor of the competition winners, and an invitation to our Mentor's 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: Noah Baumbach, Davey Holmes, George Pelecanos, Oliver Stone, 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 an industry 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 Festival pass, a reception in honor of the competition winners, and an invitation to our Mentor's Brunch with a leading industry screenwriter.

Recent Mentors Brunch advisors include: Noah Baumbach, Davey Holmes, George Pelecanos, Oliver Stone, Robert Towne, David O. Russell, Mike Cahill, Barry Levinson, Paul Haggis, and Nancy Meyers.

Note: We accept 60 minute Episodic Screenplays of ANY genre.
Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Comedy Screenplay (30 Min) Competition
Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Comedy Screenplay (30 Min) Competition recognizes an emerging original half-hour comedic television pilot as the best from the pool of submissions each year. The competition gives writers the opportunity to have their scripts read by an industry jury, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award, an all-inclusive two-week-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in June courtesy of Screenwriters Colony and NFF, a one-on-one consultation with a Showtime executive, a Festival pass, a reception honoring the screenplay competition winners during NFF, and an invitation to our Mentor's Brunch with a leading industry screenwriter.

Recent Mentor's Brunch advisors include: Noah Baumbach, Davey Holmes, George Pelecanos, Oliver Stone, Robert Towne, David O. Russell, Mike Cahill, Barry Levinson, Paul Haggis, and Nancy Meyers.

NOTE:
* Episodic pilots of any genre may be submitted, but note that they MUST feature comedic elements which would benefit from participation in the Episodic Comedy Screenwriters Colony.
* The winner of the Showtime's Tony Cox Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition is expected to attend the Episodic Comedy retreat for two weeks in June leading up to the Festival, where s/he will workshop the winning pilot.
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 an industry jury, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting. The prize includes a $5,000 cash award, a VIP Festival pass, a complimentary trip to the Nantucket Film Festival in June, a month-long writers' retreat on Nantucket in October courtesy of Screenwriters Colony, a reception in honor of the competition winners, and an invitation to our Mentor's 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, Patrick Tobin's CAKE, and Stella Meghie's JEAN OF THE JONESES.

Recent Mentor Brunch advisors include: Noah Baumbach, Davey Holmes, George Pelecanos, Oliver Stone, 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 screenwriters and the art of screenwriting in 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 are celebrated with over 100 films screened (features and shorts, fiction and nonfiction) and through our Signature Programs, making NFF one of the most unique destination film festivals in the world.

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

In addition to a $5,000 cash prize, the Feature Screenplay Competition winner is invited to participate in a month-long writer's retreat on Nantucket in October through our sister organization, Screenwriters Colony. Screenwriters Colony is an invite-only retreat for four writers each year, featuring complimentary housing and meals, affording time and space for writers to hone their screenplays under the mentorship of 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, Patrick Tobin's CAKE, and Stella Meghie's JEAN OF THE JONESES.

In 2016, NFF and the Screenwriters Colony inaugurated an Episodic Comedy retreat in June on Nantucket. One of the four invite-only spots goes to the winner of the Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition, again the ONLY public means of entry to the Colony. For two weeks leading up to the festival, four comedy writers enjoy complimentary housing and meals while they workshop their episodic comedy pilots, gain writers' room experience, and learn from visiting industry mentors. Selections from the workshopped pilots are presented as part of NFF, with retreat participants provided access to Festival programming and events.


Our feature film program consists of approximately 40-50 features and includes fiction and nonfiction. Recent NFF alums include WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, BURDEN, THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS, THE WIFE, THE BIG SICK, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL, WIND RIVER, PATTI CAKE$, CITY OF GHOSTS, LANDLINE, DON'T THINK TWICE, GLEASON, LITTLE MEN, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, THE WOLFPACK, BOYHOOD, LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM, and 20 FEET FROM STARDOM.

Our short film program expanded in 2016 to include approximately 40 films. Nearly all of NFF's programmed short films are submitted through Withoutabox. Attending short filmmakers have access to NFF's programming, including special Signature Programs, with short fiction filmmakers invited to participate in our annual private Mentors Brunch with a prominent screenwriter.


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

Other Signature Programs include the always-popular All-Star Comedy Roundtable; Late Night Storytelling, which has featured 5-minute stories from Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Mos Def, Sarah Silverman, Michael Ian Black, Mike Birbiglia, Lili Taylor, Rosie Perez, and Alan Cumming; In Their Shoes... conversations hosted by MSNBC's Chris Matthews; Staged Readings of unproduced screenplays; and the daily Morning Coffee panel series with attending filmmakers and other special guests.

Our ongoing program partnerships include Screenwriters Colony, Facing History & Ourselves, and others.

ORGANIZERS

Basil Tsiokos (Film Program Director); Basil Tsiokos (Film Program Director); Basil Tsiokos (Film Program Director); Basil Tsiokos (Film Program Director); Mystelle Brabbée (Executive Director); Opal Bennett (Associate Programmer); Opal H. Bennett (Associate Programmer)

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 my film 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.