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30-Mar-2015 10:28pm PDT  

 

Nantucket Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

20 Annual June 24, 2015 to June 29, 2015

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SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

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 our Showtime's Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Feature Film, Best Writer/Director, and the Audience Award for Best Feature. Prize information 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 Showtime's Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Short Film and Best Short Film, awarded by a jury of film industry professionals. Prize information to be announced.

In 2014, 100% of our short films selected for programs were submitted through Withoutabox.
Documentary (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 our Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film Award and the Audience Award for Best Feature. Prize information 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.
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 prize, awarded by a jury of film industry professionals. Prize information to be announced.

In 2014, 100% of our short films selected for programs were submitted through Withoutabox.
Animation (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 our Showtime's Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Feature Film, Best Writer/Director, and the Audience Award for Best Feature. Prize information 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 Showtime's Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Short Film and Best Short Film, awarded by a jury of film industry professionals. Prize information to be announced.

In 2014, 100% of our short films selected for programs were submitted through Withoutabox.
The Showtime Tony Cox Feature Screenplay Competition
The 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, participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting, including 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 a Mentors Brunch with the recipient of the Festival's Screenwriters Tribute, among other prizes.

Five of the last 12 Feature Screenplay Competition winners have been produced and distributed theatrically: Debra Granik's DOWN TO THE BONE, Jennifer Maisel's THE LAST SEDER, Sophie Barthes' COLD SOULS, Jenny Deller's FUTURE WEATHER, and the 2013 winner, Patrick Tobin's CAKE.

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

OPTIONAL - SCRIPT ANALYSIS:
The Nantucket Film Festival is committed to helping screenwriters develop well crafted and 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. Let our professional script consultants be the first in line to evaluate your script, not the last.

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).
The Showtime Tony Cox Short Screenplay Competition
The 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, participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting, including a $500 cash award, VIP-access pass to the Festival, and a Mentors Brunch with the recipient of the Festival's Screenwriters Tribute, among other prizes.

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: David O. Russell, Barry Levinson, Paul Haggis, and Nancy Meyers.

The Showtime Tony Cox Hour Long TV Screenplay Competition
The Showtime Tony Cox Hour Long TV Screenplay 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, participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting, including a consultation with a Showtime programming executive, a $1,000 cash award, a VIP-access pass to the Festival, and a Mentors Brunch with the recipient of the Festival's Screenwriters Tribute, among other prizes.

Recent Mentors Brunch advisors include: David O. Russell, Barry Levinson, Paul Haggis, and Nancy Meyers.
The Showtime Tony Cox Half Hour TV Screenplay Competition
The Showtime Tony Cox Hour Long TV Screenplay 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, participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting, including including a consultation with a Showtime programming executive, a $1,000 cash award, a VIP-access pass to the Festival, and a Mentors Brunch with the recipient of the Festival's Screenwriters Tribute, among other prizes.

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

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Nantucket Film Festival promotes the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting and documentary 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 documentary storytelling is celebrated with over 100 films screened (features and shorts) 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.

Five of the last 12 Feature Screenplay Competition winners have been produced and distributed theatrically: Debra Granik's DOWN TO THE BONE, Jennifer Maisel's THE LAST SEDER, Sophie Barthes' COLD SOULS, Jenny Deller's FUTURE WEATHER, and the 2013 winner, Patrick Tobin's CAKE. CAKE, starring Jennifer Aniston, had its World Premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled for limited release in 2015.

Our feature film program consists of about 40-50 features and includes narratives and documentaries. Recent NFF alums include BOYHOOD, THE SKELETON TWINS, LIFE ITSELF, LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, SHORT TERM 12, BLACKFISH, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, MARGIN CALL, BUCK, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, THE HURT LOCKER, and THE COVE.

In 2014, 100% of our shorts films programmed at NFF were submitted through Withoutabox. 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 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; our lively Late Night Storytelling event; our In Their Shoes... conversation series hosted by Chris Matthews; annual Staged Reading of unproduced screenplays; and our Morning Coffee panel series.

ORGANIZERS
Basil Tsiokos (Film Program Director) ; 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.