The Nantucket Film Festival was founded by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996. In 1997, Mystelle Brabbée joined the year-round island resident pair. Just over a decade later, Colin Stanfield came on board the NFF as Executive Director, 2008. The team have contributed to the exponential and quite successful growth of the NFF, over the past decade and a half.
Today, the NFF is one of the most respected film festivals in the world. The annual event draws travelers from afar to this tiny New England isle to preview screenings, attend signature programs, and revel in its quaint and historically rich townscapes, and beaches.
The festival’s Screenwriters Tribute is hosted by the ever-witty Brian Williams, NFF Board member and NBC News anchor. This year, Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, What Women Want) is receiving the prestigious award as an acknowledgment of “her significant role in the world of cinema and particularly for her commitment to crafting scripts that deal with issues important to and stories about an underserved audience: adult women.” The award will be presented by Academy Award®-winning actress, writer, and long-time collaborator of Nancy Meyers, Diane Keaton. Past honorees have included: Paul Haggis, Barry Levinson,Walter Bernstein, Charlie Kaufman, Ring Lardner Jr., Steve Martin, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Jay Presson Allen, James Schamus, Paul Schrader, Alexander Payne, and Jim Taylor, Judd Apatow, and Harold Ramis.