Nantucket Film Festival Names 2015 Award Winners

ME and EARL AND THE DYING
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Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s indie teen drama “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” scored the audience award for best narrative feature at the 2015 Nantucket Film Festival, which also named the winners of its annual Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition.

Kristen Davila’s “Counterintelligence,” a Pakistan-set satire in which an in-debt gambler plays the CIA and a jihadist group against one another in an effort to save his own hide, won the award for the feature screenplay competition. Davila takes home a prize of $5,000 and also scores a slot at a monthlong writing retreat.

Television pilot awards went to Jonathan Schwartz’s half-hour “Sold,” set in an auction house, and Estella Gabriel’s hourlong “Ice,” about a border patrol agent. Winners were also announced for short screenplay (“More Cow Bell” by Andy Nellis) and screenwriting in a short film (Shaka King and Kristan Sprague for “Mulignans”).

Along with “Me and Earl,” which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, the Nantucket festival’s audience awards went to Ron Davis’ “Harry & Snowman” for documentary and Eric Rockey’s “Pink Boy” for short. Claymation animated feature “Shaun the Sheep” was named runner-up for the festival’s audience award for feature.

Previously announced winners of awards at the 20th annual Nantucket festival include Robert Towne and Beau Willimon. The festival, which opened June 24, wraps up June 29.

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