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Ben Stiller, Seth Meyers and Aziz Ansari to Bring the Funny at Nantucket Film Festival

Ben Stiller, Seth Meyers and Aziz Ansari to Bring the Funny at Nantucket Film Festival

Ben Stiller is slated to present this year’s All-Star Comedy Roundtable at the 16th Nantucket Film Festival. The event will be hosted by “Saturday Night Live” funny man Seth Meyers and will feature Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) among its guests. More participants are to be announced at a later date.

Tickets go on sale starting May 26th on the festival’s site.

For the full lineup click here. The Nantucket Film Festival runs from June 22nd through June 26th.

Below is the full release:

May 26, 2011 (New York, NY) – Having already announced its full film lineup, the Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) brings a few more surprises to the table, announcing the participants in its annual All-Star Comedy Roundtable presented by Ben Stiller, who will be on hand for the event. This year’s event will be hosted by Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live), who comes fresh off his gig as the host of this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner and a record-breaking SNL finale. Also participating is breakout comedy sensation Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation and the upcoming film 30 Minutes or Less), with more special guests to be announced. Individual tickets for the festival are available starting May 26 at

“The All-Star Comedy Roundtable is the latest in a series of special signature programs the festival has the honor of hosting,” Artistic Director Mystelle Brabbée said. She continued, “Certainly having Seth Meyers as a host is quite a privilege itself after his shellacking of Donald Trump.” Executive Director Colin Stanfield added, “With yet another sterling lineup, we’re expecting to pack the house for our third year running.”

Another returning favorite is Late Night Storytelling, to be co-hosted this year by Glee’s Mike O’Malley and festival legend Anne Meara. Participants include five surprise guests as well as audience members. Past storytellers include Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Mos Def, Rosie Perez, Cheryl Hines, Laird Hamilton, Olympia Dukakis, Paul Rudd, Alan Cumming, Fisher Stevens, and Brian Williams.

Previously announced as this year’s Compass Rose Acting Award recipient is Academy Award® nominee Vera Farmiga, who’s directorial debut Higher Ground will be closing the fest. Presenting the award to her are Higher Ground co-star Joshua Leonard (who brings his directorial effort The Lie to NFF) and TIME Senior Writer Richard Corliss. Also announced as this year’s annual Screenwriting Tributee will be Academy Award winner Paul Haggis (Crash). The festival is also bringing back the New Voices in Screenwriting award, to be presented to Cars 2 scribe Ben Queen by Chris Orr, Senior Editor at The Atlantic.

In keeping with NFF’s mission of spotlighting writers, the Festival is proud to announce the jurors for Showtime’s annual Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting. Members of this year’s jury include Susan Wloszczyna (film reporter, USA Today), Dana Harris (editor-in-chief, indieWIRE), and Rajendra Roy (Celeste Bartos chief curator of film, Museum of Modern Art). The winner will be feted at the Showtime Award Ceremony at the Festival.

Among other awards given at NFF® this year will be The Audience Award for Best Feature & Best Short, Showtime’s Tony Cox Awards for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film and Short Film, Teen View on NFF® Award, Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film, and the Adrienne Shelly Excellence in Filmmaking Award.

Other special events include Morning Coffee With…®, which draws sell-out crowds annually. The daily panels take place every morning and invite attendees to join filmmaker experts for an intimate mix of coffee, conversation, bagels and shoptalk with some of their favorite filmmakers. Also featured will be In Their Shoes…®, an in-depth conversation providing a rare insight into the life and work of a legend working in the film industry.

Opening the festival is Cars 2, from the beloved family franchise. This new adventure, directed by John Lasseter, follows Lightning McQueen and his best friend Mater as they race around the globe and unwittingly find themselves caught up in international espionage.

NFF’s second opening night film is the Sundance Film Festival award winner Buck, a documentary on the life of famed horse trainer Buck Brannaman. Closing the festival this year will be Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut Higher Ground, in which she also stars, from Sony Pictures Classics. Roadside Attractions’ upcoming Margin Call, starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, and Paul Bettany, will be featured as the festival’s Centerpiece Film.

Special guests who attended NFF 2010 included Academy Award winners Barry Levinson, Michael Arndt, Davis Guggenheim; Emmy Award winners Ben Stiller, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman; Academy Award nominees Elisabeth Shue and Steven Haft; Emmy Award nominee Stephanie Davis; Grammy Award winner Fiona Apple; Zach Galifianakis, Jonathan Ames, Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, Casey Neistat, Joana Vicente, Richard Corliss, Jess Cagle, Cody Gifford, and many more.

NFF was founded in 1996 to spotlight screenwriters, screenwriting and storytelling in today’s cinema. The festival takes place the third week of June on the idyllic island of Nantucket, MA. Now in its sixteenth year, NFF has become a prestigious annual event within the international film industry. The festival is a significant attraction that draws over ten thousand attendees, screenwriters, producers, agents and development executives each year.

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