A Look Back at NashFilm’s 2019 Fest
Nashville Film Festival 2019 In Review — The Nashville Film Festival’s 50th festival kicked off on Oct. 3, 2019 and hosted world premieres, celebrities, and some of the most talented filmmakers in the industry.
“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.
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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
- Lipscomb University’s George Shinn College of Entertainment & the Arts named Terrence Malick’s 2019 A Hidden Life as receipient 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 Life portrays 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?
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. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States.