Submit Your Film

Thanks for your interest in submitting your film to the 2018 Nashville Film Festival. Please be sure to read our Rules and Regulations and our FAQ pages thoroughly before you submit. If you still have questions, please contact us at 2018entries@nashfilm.org and we’ll get you answers. The submission deadlines and fees are as follows:

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Feature Film Deadlines & Fees

DeadlineDateFee
EarlybirdJuly 28, 2017$50
RegularSeptember 29, 2017$60
LateDecember 1, 2017$75
ExtendedJanuary 12, 2018$85
 

Short Film Deadlines & Fees

DeadlineDateFee
EarlybirdJuly 28, 2017$35
RegularSeptember 29, 2017$45
LateDecember 1, 2017$60
ExtendedJanuary 12, 2018$70
 

College Student Film Deadlines & Fees

DeadlineDateFee
EarlybirdJuly 28, 2017$25
RegularSeptember 29, 2017$30
LateDecember 1, 2017$40
ExtendedJanuary 12, 2018$55
 

Young Filmmaker Film Deadlines & Fees

DeadlineDateFee
EarlybirdJuly 28, 2017$20
RegularSeptember 29, 2017$25
LateDecember 1, 2017$30
ExtendedJanuary 12, 2018$40
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Submit your Film

Narrative Competition

15 films will be selected to compete for up to $4,000 in cash. $2,000 will be given to the Grand Jury Prize Winner, with a $1,000 bonus given if the filmmaker is in attendance to receive the award and an additional $1,000 bonus if the film makes either its World or North American Premiere at the 2018 Nashville Film Festival. Each film with an attending qualified representative (director, producer or lead actor) will receive a $450 travel stipend upon arrival to the 2018 festival. One check per film. Additional non-cash prizes are available for acting, music, original song and more.

Documentary Feature Competition

Documentaries about music or musicians should enter Music Films/Music City. 15 non-fiction films will be selected to compete for up to $4,000 in cash. $2,000 will be given to the Grand Jury Prize Winner, with a $1,000 bonus given if the filmmaker is in attendance to receive the award and an additional $1,000 bonus if the film makes either its World or North American Premiere at the 2018 NashFilm. Each film with an attending qualified representative (director, producer or lead subject) will receive a $450 travel stipend upon arrival to the 2018 festival. One check per film.

Music Films/Music City Competition

9 non-fiction films about music, musicians or the impact of music will be selected to compete for up to $4,000 in cash & prizes. $2,000 will be awarded to the Grand Jury Prize Winner, with a $1,000 bonus given if the filmmaker is in attendance to receive the award and an additional $1,000 bonus if the film makes either its World or North American Premiere at the 2018 NashFIlm.

New Directors Feature Competition

9 films by first time feature fiction filmmakers will be selected to compete for up to $4,000 in cash. $2,000 will be given to the Grand Jury Prize Winner, with a $1,000 bonus given if the filmmaker is in attendance to receive the award and an additional $1,000 bonus if the film makes either its World or North American Premiere at the 2018 NashFilm.

Animated Feature Competition

At least 4 Animated Feature Films will be selected for competition with the winner receiving a $1,000 cash prize. To qualify for this category a minimum of 75% of the film’s running time must be animated.

Graveyard Shift Competition

At least 6 films will be selected to compete for a $1,000 cash prize in this category for the best in “genre cinema.” NashFilm seeks horror, sci-fi, action and films that are generally over-the-top, shocking and strange.

Tennessee First Feature Competition

The Tennessee First Competition is open to feature films (over 40 minutes) that meet two of the three following criteria: 1 – The Director is a Tennessee Resident 2 – The Producer or Screenwriter is a Tennessee Resident 3 – At least 65% of the film is shot in Tennessee. Films submitted in this category MUST be Tennessee Premieres. The winning film receives a $1,000 cash prize.

Narrative Shorts Competition

International competition for Live Action narrative films under 40 minutes in length. The Grand Jury Prize-winning film will be eligible for Academy Award™ consideration, assuming it meets all other eligibility requirements and will receive a $500 cash prize. There are two additional $500 cash prizes for Best US Narrative Short and Best International Narrative Short.

Animated Shorts Competition

International competition for Animated films under 40 minutes in length. The winning film will be eligible for Academy Award™ consideration, assuming it meets all other eligibility requirements and receives a $500 cash prize.

Documentary Shorts Competition

International competition for non-fiction films under 40 minutes in length. The winning film will be eligible for Academy Award™ consideration, assuming it meets all other eligibility requirements. Additionally, a $500 cash prize is offered.

Experimental Shorts Competition

International competition for experimental non-narrative films under 40 minutes in length. The winning film receives a $500 cash prize.

Graveyard Shift Shorts Competition

International competition for Live Action horror, sci-fi, shocking and otherwise offensive, over-the-top films under 40 minutes in length. The winning film receives a $500 cash prize.

Tennessee First Shorts Competition

A competition for narrative, non-fiction and animated films under 40 minutes in length that meet at least two of the three following criteria:
1 – The Director is a Tennessee Resident
2 – The Producer or Screenwriter is a Tennessee Resident
3 – At least 65% of the film is shot in Tennessee.

In order to be eligible for prizes, the film MUST NOT have screened theatrically or at a festival in Middle Tennessee prior to the 2017 Nashville Film Festival. Films that have shown may be selected for screening, they would, however, not be in competition. Selected films are also eligible in their overall category. For instance, if your Tennessee short documentary is selected, you are eligible for this prize AND the prize for Best Documentary Short.

The winning film receives a $500 cash prize.

College Student Shorts Competition

PROOF OF STUDENT STATUS REQUIRED. International competition for college student (undergraduate or graduate) narrative, non-fiction and animated films under 40 minutes in length. (Students at Tennessee Colleges or Universities should enter TN First Student Shorts.) Selected films are also eligible in their overall category. For instance, if your student animation is selected, you are eligible for this prize AND the prize for Best Animated Short. The winning film receives a $500 cash prize.

Tennessee First Student Shorts Competition

PROOF OF STUDENT STATUS REQUIRED. A competition for narrative, non-fiction and animated student films under 40 minutes in length made by students at a Tennessee college or university. In order to be eligible for prizes, the film MUST NOT have screened theatrically or at a festival in Middle Tennessee prior to the 2017 Nashville Film Festival. Films that have shown may be selected for screening, they would, however, not be in competition. This does not apply to school screenings in an on-campus theater. Selected films will also be eligible in their overall category. For instance, if your Tennessee student short documentary is selected, you are eligible for this prize, the College Student prize AND the prize for Best Documentary Short. The winning film receives a $500 cash prize.

Young Filmmakers Competition

An international competition for narrative, non-fiction and animated films under 40 minutes in length created by filmmakers aged 18 and under. PROOF OF AGE IS REQUIRED. The winning filmmaker receives the offer of a $5,000-per- year scholarship to Watkins College of Art, Design and Film valued at up to $20,000. Films submitted without proof of age will be moved to another appropriate category and may require additional entry fees.

Episodic Competition

A competition for material created for any medium including television, streaming and internet. The maximum runtime of the submission is 60 minutes AND a maximum of three episodes may be submitted. If accepted, at least one episode MUST be a premier (not published or aired). The winning project receives a $500 cash prize. The winning selection will receive a $500 cash prize.