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NFF Congratulates Oscar-nominated filmmakers who participated in the Festival

Several Festival alums have been honored with Oscar Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards in this morning’s announcement.

Best Animated Feature
ANOMALISA (Written/directed by past Screenwriter Tribute honoree, Charlie Kaufman)
INSIDE OUT
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE

Best Documentary Feature
CARTEL LAND, Matthew Heineman
WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?, Liz Garbus

Best Foreign Film
THEEB (pictured, NFF Now screening Jan 21!)

Best Original Screenplay
INSIDE OUT

Best Short Film, Animated
BEAR STORY

Best Song
RACING EXTINCTION

Thomas McCarthy, a past Juror for the Festival, is a Best Director nominee for SPOTLIGHT, and receiving 2 nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress is STEVE JOBS, written by NFF 2014 Screenwriters Tribute Honoree, Aaron Sorkin.

The entire list of screenplay nominees are:

Best Adapted Screenplay
BROOKLYN, Nick Hornby
CAROL, Phyllis Nagy
ROOM, Emma Donoghue
THE BIG SHORT, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
THE MARTIAN, Drew Goddard

Best Original Screenplay
BRIDGE OF SPIES, Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
EX MACHINA, Alex Garland
INSIDE OUT, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter,
Ronnie del Carmen
SPOTLIGHT, Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

We also want to congratulate NFF alumni who won awards at last night’s annual Cinema Eye Honors, which recognizes outstanding achievements in documentary film:
CARTEL LAND
MERU
THE WOLFPACK
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NFF Launches Comedy Writers Retreat with Screenwriters Colony

Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy
in partnership with Nantucket Film Festival
June 10-23, 2016

The Screenwriters Colony and Nantucket Film Festival are thrilled to announce the launch of a new writers program, the Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy, running June 10-23, 2016.

This inaugural collaboration will provide four emerging episodic comedy writers with an all-expense paid trip to Nantucket for an immersive residency and mentorship program. While on Nantucket, the writers will work together with eminent professional industry mentors to experience the writers’ room, hone their craft, and develop their pilots.

The Nantucket Film Festival’s Episodic Screenplay (30 Min) Competition winner will receive one of the spots in the writers-in-residence program. The Tony Cox Screenplay Competitions are sponsored by Showtime. The Colony will overlap with the start of the 2016 Nantucket Film Festival, taking place June 22-27.

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NFF Now, November 19: RAMS

The Nantucket Film Festival and the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center proudly present NFF Now, a year-round programming initiative featuring special screenings and the season’s best independent films with filmmaker Q&As.

For our last screening in 2015, we present RAMS, which has netted awards at nearly every film festival it’s screened at, including Cannes. Don’t miss this sharply written, wryly funny, sometimes thrilling, and ultimately moving film, selected as Iceland’s submission for the Academy Awards.

RAMS | Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 PM | Dreamland Main Theater

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WRITTEN and DIRECTED BY: Grímur Hákonarson

93 MIN / ICELAND / COLOR / 2015 / ICELANDIC with English subtitles

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NFF Now, October 11: KIDS’ SHORTS

The Nantucket Film Festival and the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center proudly present NFF Now, a year-round programming initiative featuring special screenings and the season’s best independent films with filmmaker Q&As.

We’re thrilled to be presenting this collection of shorts during Nantucket Arts Festival 2015! And thanks to everyone who came out to see A Brave Heart last Thursday.

KIDS’ SHORTS | Sunday, October 11 at 1:00 PM | Dreamland Main Theater

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DIRECTED BY: various

70 MIN / ANIMATION / 2015 / ENGLISH

Recommended for ages 7 and up.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: A delight at this year’s Nantucket Film Festival, this collection of animated tales — featuring the colorful adventures of bears, frogs, dolls, magicians, lambs, and more — is sure to win over the family! Recommended for ages 7 and up.

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NFF Now, September 17: A BRAVE HEART

We’re back at it! The Nantucket Film Festival and the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center proudly present NFF Now, a year-round programming initiative featuring special screenings and the season’s best independent films with filmmaker Q&As. This year, we’re moving into September for the first time with an incredible and inspiring documentary.

A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY | Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 PM | Dreamland Main Theater

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DIRECTED BY: Sarah Bordo

78 MIN / USA / COLOR / 2015 / ENGLISH

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER: South by Southwest Film Festival (2015), Newport Beach Film Festival (2015), Traverse City Film Festival (2015), Lower East Side Film Festival (2015)

ABOUT THE FILM: From the producers of the most viewed TEDWomen event of 2013 comes A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, a documentary following the inspiring journey of 26-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist. Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her, “The World’s Ugliest Woman.” The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.

Watch the trailer after the jump…

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