The Nantucket Film Festival was founded by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996. The Burkharts lived on the island year round, and with their love of movies and the community, they knew it was the perfect place to begin a film festival. From it’s inception, the festival’s mission has been to celebrate screenwriters and explore screenwriting in the complex world of filmmaking. In 1997, Mystelle Brabbêe joined the team and today NFF continues to thrive, always remaining true to it’s mission.

These days, the NFF has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience our preview screenings, signature events, and stand out hospitality on a magical island, rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches.