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Did you realize there are four separate international film festivals taking place each year on Cape Cod and the Islands? Two take place on the islands and two on the mainland. All draw an international crowd of well-known names and rising stars of the film industry.
CapeWomenOnline has gathered the pertinent info to help you enjoy this bevy of international talent right on our doorsteps. The first two festivals are about to begin – so make your plans fast!
The Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) is really a filmmakers' film festival. Integral to the festival are the screenwriters' tribute, morning coffee talks, staged readings and late-night storytelling.
The festival's stated mission is to promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting in the world of cinema.
Each June, screenwriters, filmmakers, actors, film lovers and industry veterans from around the world come together on the shores of one of America's most beautiful small-town islands. This is the opposite of Hollywood. This is New England.
The 2010 Nantucket festival features 21 full-length comedy, drama, and documentary films.
Some of this year's highlights include: the U.S. premier of Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3 on the opening night of the festival, a visit by Harold Ramis for the 25th anniversary screening of Ghostbusters, and a screening of Hurt Locker, the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, as well as a visit by Academy Award winner for best director, Kathryn Bigelow.
Two of this year's highly anticipated films are The Cove, a documentary film by director Louie Psihoyos which tells the amazing true story of a covert mission to penetrate the hidden world of dolphin slaughter in Japan, and Cold Souls, starring Paul Giamatti as himself in a film "born and bred" on Nantucket.
The film's script won the Nantucket Film Festival's 2006 Screenplay Competition, and writer/director Sophie Barthes worked on the script at the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony. The NFF is also where the close relationship between the film's lead actor and director began.
Unique among the Cape's festivals, part of the mission of the Woods Hole Film Festival is to emphasize the work of first-time and New England filmmakers; showcase the work of independent filmmakers who have a relationship to Cape Cod or whose films are relevant to or enhance the quality of life on Cape Cod and to develop and foster a creative independent film community within the Festival and on Cape Cod.
The youngest of the area film festivals, Martha's Vineyard has made a name for themselves in a very short time.
The recurring theme of the annual festival is "Other Places"; the website states that "the festival's purpose is to encourage attendees to think broadly (about how huge the world of film is) and deeply (about the universal concerns and desires that unite all people)."
Ninety percent of films selected tend to be non-US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film.
Film submissions for the festival are accepted until August 1st, of which ten finalists will be chosen.
As this issue of CWO goes to press, the festival is also actively seeking volunteers to help with this year's festival, selling tickets, directing festival goers and dealing with international talent.
If you're interested, contact volunteer coordinator Mary Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.