2022 Film Festival


The 53rd Nashville Film Festival, a week-long celebration of film, music and culture, will take place in-person at Nashville’s premier arts venues with film screenings, industry panels and events, September 29 – October 5, 2022.

Live screenings will take place at the historic Belcourt Theater and the Andrew Johnson Theater at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville and the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN. The Nashville Film Festival will present more than 125 film screenings, a selection of post-film Q&As and in-depth discussions with attending filmmakers. 

The 53rd Nashville Film Festival will open with a red carpet premiere screening of THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER, the moving new documentary by Kathlyn Horan chronicling the collaboration between Brandi Carlile, Shooter Jennings and Tanya Tucker for the latter’s triumphant return to the stage.

Beyond the traditional in-person film festival screening, NashFilm will again host events and programs that highlight the many aspects of filmmaking, including: a Screenwriting Competition (September 30-October 6); a Music Supervisors Program (virtual panels, workshops and more, September 29-October 1); the Creators Conference (film industry panels and conversations, September 30 – October -2); and live music performances and new artist showcases throughout the week.

Celebrating innovation, music and the many visions of the human spirit through the art of film, each year the Nashville Film Festival discovers, elevates and honors filmmakers, screenwriters and musicians from Tennessee and around the world while engaging, connecting and strengthening the Nashville community. VIP Badges are now on sale for the Nashville Film Festival.

The full slate of films and programs selected for the 53rd Nashville Film Festival will be announced in August.


The best way to attend the festival in-person is with an exclusive VIP Icon Badge, which gives you priority access to all in-person screenings (including special presentations), Opening Night Party, Closing Night Party, Creators Conference events and all virtual screenings and panels. Quantities are limited and available at an “earlybird” discount for a limited time only, so secure yours today!


This year, the Nashville Film Festival is pleased to present the 2022 NashFilm Creators Conference which is composed of in-person and online film and music industry panels, live music showcases, pitch sessions and online original content. The Icon Badge provides priority access to all Creators Conference / Music Program events.

Individual tickets for screenings and events will also be made available to the general public in late August. Stay tuned for regular updates on specific programming throughout the summer!

For general inquiries, please contact info@nashfilm.org

Nashville Film Festival 2021 Highlight Reel


Entries for the 2022 Nashville Film Festival are now closed.

What important dates do I need to know?

  • Open for Entries – January 3, 2022
  • Final Deadline – June 24, 2022
  • Notification Date – August 12, 2022 
  • 53rd Nashville Film Festival – September 29 – October 5, 2022

Entries for the 2022 festival are now closed. A detailed description of our rules and guidelines can be found on our FilmFreeway page. 

When do we notify filmmakers of acceptance or rejection?

Filmmakers will be notified on or before August 12, 2022

I have a question that wasn’t addressed. Who should I contact?

Please email: entries@nashfilm.org


2022 Entries for Screenwriting Competition are now closed.

Detailed submission info can be found on Filmfreeway or Coverfly.

Entry Deadlines / Notifications:
Open for Entries: November 15, 2021
Extended (FINAL) Deadline: June 6, 2022

Quarter Finalists will be notified by June 24, 2022
Semifinalists will be notified no later than July 8, 2022.
Finalists will be notified by email no later than July 22, 2022. Winners in each category will be announced at the Screenwriting Competition Awards Ceremony during the festival in October 2022.

Questions? Please email: entries@nashfilm.org

The health and safety of festival attendees is our top priority. Attendees will be subject to all applicable federal, state and local safety precautions in place at the time of the event. In addition, based on circumstances, NashFilm may, at its sole discretion, implement additional safety precautions to be determined. Mandatory compliance for festival attendees could include, among other requirements, masking, capacity limits, negative test results verification, and/or proof of vaccination. Guests are expected to comply with all laws, rules and regulations, as well as any venue safety guidelines and to act responsibly and sensibly at all times. As we continue to monitor best practices and adhere to any required safety measures, we will continue to update our policy, as needed.