2019 Festival

Regal Hollywood 27 Cinema at nightQuick Guide to the 2019 Nashville Film Festival

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers.

With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in October, 2019.

What, Where & When:

10 theaters, 10 days, VIP lounge, red carpet, and hundreds of films!

October 3 – 12, 2019
Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 & RPX
719 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204

Special events, receptions and parties will be hosted at some of Nashville’s most popular venues throughout the festival.

The Nashville Film Festival is designed to be accessible and enjoyable for everyone! If you are a film festival veteran, or first-time festival goer, NashFilm staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing you with an amazing and rewarding cinematic and social experience. The expert programming of over 300 films provides a diverse slate of informative, inspiring and entertaining content for all walks of life.

Film Categories:

Each film category represents how it was curated (i.e the competition that the films were submitted to).  To help you make your film selections, we color code them in our program guide and online. Here are brief descriptions for each of the main categories:

Special Presentations:  High profile films featuring notable names and rising stars making their Nashville premieres.

Spectrum:  Compelling, challenging stories crafted by the filmmakers who are setting trends in contemporary world cinema.

Tennessee First Competition:  Homegrown cinema representing all corners of the Volunteer State.

Narrative Competition:  This competition brings the newest films from around the world created by established filmmakers.

New Directors Competition: These films feature narrative works created by first-time filmmakers.

Documentary Competition:  A selection of the finest non-fiction cinema from around the world.

Music Films/Music City Competition:  Highlighting films that celebrate music, musicians and the impact music has on our lives.

Animated Feature Competition:  Independent animated visions created in all styles and coming from all around the world.

Graveyard Shift Competition:  An unflinching look at the human (and inhuman) condition, holding nothing back and digging down to the marrow.  Not for the faint of heart.

Shorts Programs:  Short films are all under 40 minutes.  The winning films in the Narrative Shorts Competition, Animated Shorts Competition, and Documentary Shorts Competition will become eligible for Academy Award Consideration, provided it meets all other eligibility requirements.

Episodic Competition:  Creative content crafted for any type of screen meant to be consumed one episode at a time…or binged!


VIP Badges: 

Festival VIP Badges are the best and most convenient way to enjoy the full festival experience, including full access to 10 days of film (with no additional ticket fees), access to all Creator’s Conference programming, access to the VIP Lounge and invitations to special events and exclusive parties throughout the festival.

$495.00 Non-Member | $445.00 Member ($50 off)
* VIP Exclusive Access

$395.00 Non-Member | $345.00 Member ($50 off)
* VIP Preferred Access

$295.00 Non-Member | $245.00 Member ($50 off)
* VIP Access

* additional details on specific access tiers and benefits will continue to be announced throughout 2019.

Physical badges will be picked up from the on-site NashFilm Box office, located at the Regal Hollywood 27 beginning Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  Festival VIP badges are on-sale and available online now.

Get Your VIP Badge


Monday, September 23, 2019: Tickets go on sale to NashFilm members
Wednesday, September 25, 2019: Tickets go on sale to the general public

Tickets to each regular film and Creator’s Conference session are $15.

On-Site Box Office:

The Box Office for NashFilm will be on site at the Regal Hollywood 27 the following times:

  • October 2, 2019: Onsite Box Office opens at Regal Cinema at noon
  • October 3-12, 2019: Onsite Box Office opens 30 min before the start of the first film each day, closes at 9:30 p.m.

Festival Key Dates:

Nashville Film Festival runs October 3-12, 2019

  • Thursday, October 3, 2019: Festival begins and Opening Night Party
  • October 3-5, 2019: Creator’s Conference
  • Friday, October 11, 2019: Closing Party
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019: Best of Fest Films 

A series of additional, special NashFilm 50th anniversary events will be added and announced at a later date. Stay informed on future updates by signing up for the NashFilm Newsletter


Become a Member of NashFilm for Additional Festival Benefits

As a member of Nashville Film Festival, you are helping discover, advance and honor Tennessee filmmakers and music-makers while strengthening the Nashville Community.

Joining Nashville Film Festival membership also enables us to bring the top independent films from around the world to Nashville. The creative community of filmmakers, screenwriters and musicians have the opportunity to have their works showcased, presenting life-changing connections and increasing the global cultural impact of Nashville.

Your membership comes with benefits year-round, including invite-only screenings for major studio films and discounted festival VIP badges!

Join NashFilm

Annual membership is $75 for an individual (1) or $125 for dual (2) memberships.

NashFilm Member Benefits

Your membership also includes:

  • Discounts to Nashville Film Festival’s ticket packs and badges.
  • Priority access to all Nashville Film Festival screenings and Creator’s Conference sessions.
  • Member’s Only “Festival Preview” Q&A with festival programmers for insights on the most interesting and buzzworthy films of the year.
  • Exclusive “Members Only” access to advance screenings throughout the year.
  • Invitation to exclusive “Members Only” events, receptions and social mixers throughout the year.
  • Official Nashville Film Festival decal.
  • Monthly email news and insights from the Nashville Film Festival.

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