Nantucket Film Festival: Recapping of the 24th Annual Gathering

Nantucket Film Festival: The 24th Annual Nantucket Film Festival has come to a close. What an absolutely fantastic gala Mystelle Brabbée, Basil Tsiokos, and the rest of their team put together. One of the finer ran events I have had the pleasure to attend, and what an absolutely magnificent slate of films they procured.

Today the festival announced the winners of their audience awards, as well as their own annual citations. See the list below, followed by my own rankings of what I saw, and a parting sentiment.

The Nantucket winners are:

Narrative Feature Audience Award – “The Peanut Butter Falcon” (review here)
Documentary Feature Audience Award – “For Sama”
Narrative Short Audience Award – “Master Maggie” (review here)
Documentary Short Audience Award – “Mack Wrestles” (which also won the Teen View on NFF Award)

The festival also named its winners for the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition, and award recognizing the best unproduced screenplays and television pilots submitted to the Festival by emerging writers.

Feature Screenplay Competition – Elizabeth Chatelain for “Sundogs”
Episodic 60 Minute Pilot Competition – Kate Levitt for “Living”
Short Screenplay Competition – Alexis Barzin for “I Know Your Number By Heart”

The Adrienne Shelly Foundation Excellence in Filmmaking Award, given to an emerging female filmmaker, went to Annabelle Attanasio, for her wonderful film, “Mickey and the Bear” (review here).

I was most excited to see Attanasio recognized individually, as I feel we are witnessing the birth of a great filmmaker.

In total, I was able to see ten feature films and two short films in the span of about four and a half days. There were two films I regret missing, “For Sama” and “Brittany Runs a Marathon” – the latter of which Award Circuit’s Karen Peterson was able to screen – but there is only so much time in a day.

Below are my own personal rankings of the ten feature films I saw, and a few citations that I felt were the best of the fest.

  1. “The Peanut Butter Falcon” ★★★★
  2. “Mickey and the Bear” ★★★★
  3. “Sea of Shadows” ★★★★
  4. “Mike Wallace Is Here” ★★★½
  5. “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” ★★★½
  6. “Tel Aviv On Fire” ★★★½
  7. “Yesterday” ★★★
  8. “The Farewell” ★★★
  9. “Official Secrets” ★★½
  10. “Honeyland” ★★½

Best Feature: “The Peanut Butter Falcon”
Best Documentary: “Sea of Shadows”
Best Short Film: “Master Maggie”
Best Director: Annabelle Attanasio – “Mickey and the Bear”
Best Actress: Camila Morrone – “Mickey and the Bear”
Best Actor: Shia LaBeouf – “The Peanut Butter Falcon”
Best Screenplay: Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson – “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

I leave Nantucket with a heart full of gratitude for those who continue to allow me to take part in these wild and arduous adventures. I especially want to thank the gracious and cordial squad at Frank PR for having me, and the passionate and dedicated team at Awards Circuit for all they do.

As the dual-propelled Cessna carries us above the clouds, I think about all the time we spend away from our families doing what we love. It is not easy, what we do, though to some on the outside it may look like a more gentle providence. I gaze below and notice how still and soft the waters of the sea look from 3,000 feet above, when in all actuality they are as turbulent as midwinter and as sharp as fractured glass to those with a clearer perspective. With each trip I take, I have a greater appreciation for those that handle this work full time, and it is the gratitude of returning home that now fills my heart.

So there you have it, folks! The 24th Annual Nantucket Film Festival is in the books.

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