2020 Festival

The 51st Nashville Film Festival is an innovative virtual event and will take place from October 1-7, 2020. This year’s festival will be the most accessible version to audiences yet, and both filmmakers and film lovers will be given unique opportunities to connect and enjoy digital screenings, panels, filmmaker Q&As, musical performances and other original content online. The virtual festival features more than 200 films, Creators Conference panels, Q&As and other exclusive content that brings the magic of the Nashville Film Festival directly to you at home.

HOW TO WATCH

Film screenings will be hosted on Eventive. See film guide below.

1. Purchase a VIP Badge which gives you access to ALL 200 online film screenings, or purchase access to individual films for $12 each (see Film Guide below).

2. Check and optimize your device to seamlessly enjoy the screenings in your home set-up.

3. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the screenings.
And don't forget to vote for your favorites!

Questions? Contact us: boxoffice@nashfilm.org

MORE ABOUT THE 2020 PROGRAMMING:

FEATURE FILMS

Narrative Feature Competition:

10 films will be selected to compete for the Grand Jury Prize.

Documentary Feature Competition:

Documentaries about music or musicians should enter the Music Films/Music City Competition. 10 non-fiction films will be selected to compete for the Grand Jury Prize.

Music Films/Music City Feature Competition:

10 non-fiction films about music, musicians or the impact of music will be selected to compete for the Grand Jury Prize.

New Directors Feature Competition:

6 films by first time feature fiction filmmakers will be selected to compete for the Grand Jury Prize. Please note that this is for first-time NARRATIVE features, not documentaries.

Graveyard Shift Feature Competition:

4 films will be selected to compete in this category for the best in “genre cinema.” This category includes horror, sci-fi, action and films that are generally over-the-top, shocking and strange.

Animated Feature Competition:

At least 3 Animated Feature Films will be selected for competition. To qualify for this category a minimum of 75% of the film’s running time must be animated.

Tennessee 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. STRONG preference will be given to World Premieres.

U.S. Independents:

A selection of 6 narrative feature films made in the U.S.

Fringe World Cinema:

A selection of 6 unique features from around the world.

SHORT FILMS

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.

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.

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.

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 or animated horror, sci-fi, shocking and otherwise offensive, over-the-top films under 40 minutes in length.

Tennessee 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.

NextGen Competition:

An international Junior and Senior division competition for narrative, non-fiction and animated films under 40 minutes in length created by student filmmakers.

Tennessee Student Shorts Competition:

A competition for narrative, non-fiction and animated student films under 40 minutes in length made by students at a Tennessee college or university.

A competition for material created for any medium including television, streaming and internet. The pilot must not have been aired in the US and must not be published on the internet at the time of the 2020 Nashville Film Festival. It must be intended to be serialized. Submissions must be a single episode (even if additional episodes have been created) and must be under 60 minutes in length.

Episodic Competition – Series:

A competition for material created for any medium including television, streaming and internet. The maximum runtime of the submission is 180 minutes AND a maximum of three episodes may be submitted. Materials should not have been published or aired prior to January 1, 2019 and should be currently airing and/or in production.

2020 SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

ENTRY CATEGORIES

Screenplay categories include Shorts, Features and Pilots.

SUBCATEGORIES (FEATURES ONLY)

Comedy. This includes blended genres, such as action-comedy or dramedy. If you script is intended to make people laugh as it’s primary element, it will compete best as a comedy. Examples of comedy scripts: Bridesmaids, Stuber, Blockers, Shaun of the Dead, Bad Boys.

Drama. These are scripts that primarily aim to tell a serious story. Parts of it may contain humor or other genre-related elements, but the main thrust is dramatic tension during the hero’s journey. Example of drama scripts: Manchester By The Sea, Moonlight, Roma, Hidden Figures.

Horror. This includes blended genres like horror-thriller or any other blend except comedy. The primary aim of a horror is to entertain the audience through tapping into their fears. Examples of horror scripts: Us, Child’s Play, A Quiet Place, Crawl.

Genre. These include films that are not included in any of the above primary genres. Films that would compete best in genre would include fantasy, science fiction, action, mystery, adventure, family, animation, musical, historical, Western, mockumentary, or any blended genres that are not included in the three main categories above, such as action-adventure. Examples of genre scripts: John Wick, Captain Marvel, The Hateful Eight, Toy Story, Star Wars, Lala Land.

Genre scripts are also invited to enter the genre specific-prize category. While all scripts will be considered together in genre for quarterfinal, semifinal and finalist announcements, only scripts that also enter the genre-specific element will be considered for recognition in that category.

Diversity. This category is for writers with an under-represented voice in the marketplace telling the stories of under-represented or marginalized people. Diversity entries can be for any of the categories above. The highest rated scripts will move forward in the competition for award under this category. Diversity scripts can also be entered in any of the main categories for consideration. Our finalists last year represented a very diverse set of voices, but this category ensures that there is a diverse winner. There is also a discounted rate for this category.