2019 Grand Jury Film Winners Announced

by NashFilm

Eternal Winter

Nashville Film Festival Reveals 2019 Film Grand Jury Prize Winners

Nashville Film Festival is proud to announce the list of Grand Jury Prize Winners for 2019. The Nashville Film Festival, which kicked off on Oct. 3 and runs through Oct. 12 has hosted world premieres, celebrities, and some of the most talented filmmakers in the industry in celebration the festivals 50th anniversary. The festival continues through the weekend with the closing night party Friday at The Valentine in downtown Nashville and “Best of the Fest” films running all day Saturday.

“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 Grand Jury Prize 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 also announced at the 2019 Nashville Film Festival included:

  • 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
  • Mike Curb Achievement in Film Music Award to Howard Shore

 

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

 

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 and partners with the Thompson Nashville to host guests from all over the world. 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.