2019 Festival

Nashville Film Festival 2019 Film Grand Jury Prize Winners

The Nashville Film Festival kicked off Oct. 3, 2019 hosted world premieres, celebrities, and some of the most talented filmmakers in the world in celebration the festivals 50th anniversary.

“The 2019 Nashville Film Festival delivered on the promise of showcasing the very best in film, music and culture this year,” said Nashville Film Festival Executive Director, Jason Padgitt. “We continue to enjoy an amazing mix of films, filmmakers, events and celebrations while showcasing the best of independent film from all over the world and growing platform for all the talented filmmakers here in Tennessee. We are all extremely proud of this year’s festival and offer a special recognition to all of the incredible film and screenplay award winners.

2019 NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL GRAND JURY PRIZES

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE NARRATIVE FEATURE: ETERNAL WINTER Directed by Attila Szász

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: DARK SUNS Directed by Julien Elie

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE NEW DIRECTOR’S FEATURE: THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND Directed by Flavio Alves

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE ANIMATED FEATURE: ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE Directed by Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE REEL MUSIC DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: MR. JIMMY Directed by Peter Dowd

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE TENNESSEE FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION: TRIGGER Directed by Warren Smythe and Alexandra Sedlak

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE DOCUMENTARY SHORT: EXIT 12 Directed by Malcolm Pullinger

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE NARRATIVE SHORT: THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW Directed by Marshall Curry

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE ANIMATED SHORT: WILD LOVE Directed by Paul Autric  

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE EXPERIMENTAL SHORT: CRUDE OIL Directed by Christoper Good

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE TENNESSEE SHORT: JR ROOT Directed by Jonathan Frazier

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE TENNESSEE STUDENT SHORT: LOSING FACE Directed by Magdalene Kennedy  

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE COLLEGE STUDENT SHORT: KNOCKING DOWN THE FENCES Directed by Megan Shutzer  

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE YOUNG FILMMAKER SHORT: GREY HEART Directed by Theo Tapliz

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE EPISODIC PILOT: BOOTSTRAPPED Directed by Stephanie Liang

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE EPISODIC SERIES: TOP DOG Directed by Julia Tokarz 

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE VIRTUAL REALITY AND 360: ACCUSED # 2: WALTER SISULU Directed by Nicolas Champeaux, Giles Porte

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE GRAVEYARD SHIFT FEATURE: CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER Directed by Mickey Reece

 

GRAND JURY PRIZE GRAVEYARD SHIFT SHORT: JEFF DRIVES YOU Directed by Aidan Brezonick

 

The Graveyard Shift is a dimension of the Nashville Film Festival specializing in genre cinema, rigorous art, unconventional stories, and the strange and unusual. The 2019 Nashville Film Festival Graveyard Shift presented additional awards including: 

  • Best Actress Award for star Mary Buss in Mickey Reece’s film CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER
  • Best Actor Award went to Richard Speight, Jr. for the Mississippi film DRIVEN.
  • Honorable Mention Award for Feature Film presented to Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen’s documentary SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.
  • Honorable Mention Award in Graveyard Shift Shorts went to Steven Daniels’ BLOOD SPOOK.
  • The Graveyard Shift Jury presents a Special Prize to documentary subjects Mark Patton (SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) and Joey Ryan (THIS IS WRESTLING: THE JOEY RYAN STORY) for changing discourses, crafting dialogues, and reshaping public narratives in all communities.

 

Special Awards at the 2019 Nashville Film Festival included:

  • Lipscomb University’s George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts named Terrence Malick’s 2019 A Hidden Life as recipient of this year’s Lipscomb Affirmation Award at the Nashville Film Festival. The Lipscomb award recognizes a festival film outstanding in its affirmation of faith and the values rooted in faith, such as the importance of human dignity, the pursuit of justice, and the centrality of love. With its poetic evocation of the life of Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, A Hidden Lifeportrays unflinching determination to do what is right in the presence of overwhelming evil. Set during World War II, Malick’s film poses a question as relevant now as then: are we willing to speak the truth, when no one else will, no matter what the cost?
  • Mike Curb Achievement in Film Music Award to score composer Howard Shore
  • VER/PRG Cinematography Award to Hannah Leder & Alexandra Kotcheff for the feature film The Planters
  • Best Original Song Award to Phil Danyew for the song “You and Me Together” from the film The Planters.
  • 2019 EA Music Nashville Film Festival Composer Award to Chris Lennertz

 

Nashville Film Festival 2019 Screenplay Contest Category Winners:

Feature Drama: “The Danger Inside” by Tyler Rabinowitz

Feature Comedy: “Life’s A Beaut” by Kelly Anelons

Feature Horror: “Live” by Christopher O’Bryant

Feature Genre: “Oh Mists, My Mists” by Guilherme Viegas

 

Pilot One Hour:  “Fix” by Jeff Bower

Pilot Half Hour: “Very Fine People” by Jonathan Katz

 

TN Writer: “Rum Runners” by Gal Ron

Short Screenplay:  “Sight” by Mo Morgan

 

Half Hour Pilot Finalists

Stephen Hoover Damage Control
Teddy Gilmore & Mat Dann Stayers
Margaret Kaminski Super Hot Girl
Jonathan Katz Very Fine People

 

Hour Pilot Finalists

Jeremy Colvin Black Bonnie
Johnny Gilligan Code.7390
Christian Lybrook Ecco, Idaho
Jeff Bower Fix

Asad Farooqui                                        The Islamic Boys

Samuel Garza Bernstein                       The Secret World of Danny

 

Drama Feature Finalists

Lamarr Gray Blue Cadillac. White Girl.
Gavin Fields Harry, Above the Title
Moon Molson Johnny Ace*
Tricia Lee Mother-Daughter
Talya Klein & Emmett Anderson Our Town
Randy Wilkins Pray for a Little More Spring
Tyler Rabinowitz The Danger Inside
Angela Cheng Trouble to the Herd

 

Comedy Feature Finalists

Mark Renshaw Cyborn
Anne Abramowitz It’s His Day
Kelly Anelons Life’s A Beaut
Amy Frances Wright & Ana Worrel The Gateway Drug
Luke Guidici The Sauce Was Worth It

 

Genre Finalists

Dan Stone Don’t Tell a Soul
Justin Shelton I.R.L.
Guilherme Viegas Oh Mists, My Mists

 

Horror Finalists

Scott Pittock Dead End
Christopher O’Bryant LIVe
David Palamaro & Suju Vijayam The Housesitter
Talie Melnyk The Silo
Harish Kumar Trouble Inherited

 

Short Finalists

Lindiwe Mueller-Westernhagen Be Quiet
Erin Kelly Butter Won’t Melt
Marcus Julius Five Stages of Grief
Andrew Gay I,Sphere
Mo Morgan Sight

 

TN Finalists

Jeremiah Reynolds & Sandy Thomson Credence
Thomas Krutainis Electric Indigo
Curt Hahn Jubilee
Gal Ron Rum Runners

 

Half Hour Pilot Semifinalists

Gustave Cadet Cop Raptor
Langston Antosek Farm Team
Adam Sleper Guardians of Abel
Neil D’Astolfo Tribe

 

Hour Pilot Semifinalists

Monis Rose Areas
Wendy Wilkins Hometown
Catherine Loerke In Vitro Veritas
Thomas Gaunt World’s Apart

 

Comedy Feature Semifinalists

Doug Johnson Gabriel
Jim Harkins Old Dad
Andrew Mescher Sweet Old Man
Asad Farooqui The Imigration Game

 

Drama Semifinalists

Jamie Bouwkamp Bobbie
Samuel Garza Bernstein J.B.
Joel Santner The Coffin Club
Brandon King The Defector
Nora Jaenicke and Lisanne Skylar Whales

 

Genre Semifinalists

Charles Parlapanides A Good Death
Mary Dobon At Morning’s Light
Carlo & Erin Carere Dark Horizons
McKinnon Powell Magical Things
Bob Ingraham Possum
David Barbeschi White Crow

 

Horror Semifinalists

William Welles Long Haul
Stanley Wong The Causeway
Tommy Garcia The Devil of Feldman’s Peak
Emanuele Mengotti & Pierluca Di Pasquale The Plauge Doctor
Scott Fleishman Wolves Don’t Cry

 

Short Semifinalists

Ben Schexnaydre Deal of a Lifetime
Luke Howe El
Amie Williams Finding Fati
Nir Shelter Home
Ashleigh Rains Part and Parcel
Patrick Gatov The Son’s House

 

TN Semifinalists

Kd Amond & Bailey Hyneman 5 Women in the End
Jay Wright & G. Robert Frazier Kings of Mississippi

 

ABOUT 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 October 3-12, 2019. For more information, visit www.nashfilm.org.