Since 2000, the Nantucket Film Festival has provided free educational opportunities for Nantucket teens throughout the year. In keeping with the Nantucket Film Festival’s mission of highlighting screenwriters and storytelling, and serving as a staple of NFF’s educational initiatives for over nineteen years, Teen View on NFF focuses on empowering Nantucket teens by cultivating young filmmakers and teaching critical storytelling skills.  

In 2014, Nantucket Community Television joined the Nantucket Film Festival as an educational partner for the Teen View Labs, each year conceiving a new curriculum and guiding the students through the Spring Labs and Production Week. The program encompasses writing, directing, producing, and editing Labs with a Production Program during the week of NFF, where students can participate on crews filming the NFF Signature Programs. All students will have the opportunity to present their short film projects to the island community during the Nantucket Film Festival.

We are incredibly thankful to the local organizations who provide yearly grant support.

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Nantucket High School students participating in NFF’s Teen View Labs with NCTV have an opportunity to develop the basic skills required to write, shoot, and edit documentary and narrative films. Students spend the late winter and spring in the Labs creating films from four to six minutes long. The films are then analyzed and critiqued by their peers, and the students’ finished products have their world premiere screenings during NFF.  

Teen View Showcase


During the festival, we present all the short films that are produced by the Nantucket High School students participating in our Teen View Labs. This exhibition of the work they wrote, directed, produced, and edited is a mix of narrative, documentary, and mockumentary films varying in all genres. Students are given access to the stage and have the opportunity to show their work to a festival audience, complete with a Q&A following the screening.

Teen View Production Intensive

Students in our Teen View Labs may also participate in a week-long crash course in production. The students work alongside a professional NCTV production crew to shoot and edit footage during the film festival for archival and promotional purposes.

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Educational Partner


Lead Instructor: Andrew Cromartie

Andrew Cromartie grew up on Nantucket and was one of the first students in the Nantucket Film Festival’s ‘Teen View’ program.   He received his associate’s degree from the New York School for Film and Television in 2008, and since then has had experience in videography in Boston and New York City. Currently, Andrew is the Station Manager and lead producer for Nantucket Community Television (NCTV).

Teen View Jury

A group of Nantucket seventh and eighth-graders are selected to be on a jury with the goal of picking the best short film at the festival. The middle school students screen, deliberate, debate, and judge each film, and in the process learn the fundamentals of critical film analysis. At the end of the festival, the jury presents the Short Film Award to the film that rises above the rest.

Lead Teen View Jury Director: Rick Colon

Special thanks to our Educational Partner on the Teen View Labs, NCTV.