Foundations & Grants

National Endowment For the Arts

The NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

Tennessee Arts Commission

The Tennessee Arts Commission, created in 1967, encourages excellence in artistic expression and ensures that all citizens of Tennessee have the opportunity to participate in the arts.

Metro Arts

The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, a department of the Metro Nashville Government, provides key operational support for NaFF and other Nashville arts organizations.

The Memorial Foundation

For many years, The Memorial Foundation has supported the “Livin’ Reel” program for urban teens. The teens work with professional filmmakers to create their own film which is screened at the Nashville Film Festival.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Foundation enriches the quality of life in Middle Tennessee by providing flexible and effective ways for individuals, families and companies to contribute to their community.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy has designated NaFF as a qualifying event, meaning short films and documentaries that win at NaFF are given Academy Award consideration. Additionally, the Academy has supported NaFF’s programs for diverse audiences.

Tennessee Film Entertainment & Music Commission

Tennessee is an entertainment mecca.  Not only is it the home of country music and rock-n-roll, it is also the place where thousands of hours of global television programming and films are produced. The Commission facilitates this work.