Willimon takes home the inaugural award for a body of work that includes his current gig as creator, showrunner and executive producer of “House of Cards,” the political drama that put Netflix’s original content on the map and opened the door for the legions of high-end SVOD TV series that followed. He was nommed for an Oscar as co-writer of “The Ides of March,” based on his play “Farragut North.”
Cynthia Littleton, Variety‘s managing editor of TV, will present the award to Willimon as part of the festival’s annual Screenwriters Tribute on June 27. More awardees for the tribute remain to be announced.
The 20th annual Nantucket festival launches with “The End of the Tour,” the Jason Segel-Jesse Eisenberg movie about a writer following David Foster Wallace on a book tour. The festival’s six-day run will also include screenings of movies including Pixar’s “Inside/Out,” “Me and Earl and Dying Girl” and “Sleeping With Other People,” before closing with documentary “Best of Enemies.”
With more than 100 screenings on the docket, the 20th annual Nantucket Film Festival runs June 24-29 in Nantucket, Mass.