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2017 Festival

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The 48th Nashville Film Festival named winners across multiple categories at three ceremonies at Regal Hollywood 27, the festival's flagship theater. The big winner was Ian MacAllister McDonald's Some Freaks, which took home the Grand Jury Prize in the Narrative Competition as well as Best Actress for Lily Mae Harrington and Best Music. The winning short films in the Narrative, Animated and Documentary Shorts competitions were all qualified to submit to the 2018 Academy Awards, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements. The selection included 303 films representing 56 nations chosen from over 5,500 entries from 125 nations.

The winners are as follows:


Audience Award: Step, directed by Amanda Lipitz (USA)


Audience Award: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, directed by Jennifer M. Kroot (USA)


Grand Jury Prize: Some Freaks, directed by Ian MacAllister McDonald (USA)
Honorable Mention: Play the Devil, directed by Maria Govan (Trinidad & Tobago)
Audience Award: The Migrumpies, directed by Arman T. Riahi (Austria)
Best Actor: Pyotr Skvortsov for his performance in The Student (Russia)
Best Actress: Lily Mae Harrington in Some Freaks (USA)
Best Screenplay: Play the Devil, written by Maria Govan (Trinidad & Tobago)
Best Music: Some Freaks, Composer Walter Sickert; Music Supervisor, Dan Wilcox (USA)
Special Jury Prize for Overall Film Aesthetics: Flowers of Evil, directed by Antti J. Jokinen (Finland)


Grand Jury Prize: Unrest, directed by Jennifer Rhea (USA)
Honorable Mention: Quest, directed by Jonathan Olshefski (USA)
Audience Award: Augie, directed by James Keach (USA)
Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Filmmaking: Small Talk, directed by Hui-Chen Huang (Taiwan)


Grand Jury Prize: The Eremites, directed by Ronny Trocker (Germany)
Honorable Mention: La Soledad, directed by Jorge Thielen Armand (Venezuela)
Audience Award (tie): Bomb City, directed by Jameson Brooks (USA)
Audience Award (tie): Girl Flu, directed by Dorie Barton (USA)
Special Jury Prize for Performance: Dave Davis for is performance in Bomb City (USA)


Grand Jury Prize: Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape, directed by Zack Taylor (USA)
Honorable Mention: Score: A Film Music Documentary, directed by
Matt Schrader (USA)
Audience Award: The Last Songwriter, directed by Mark Barger Elliott (USA)


Grand Jury Prize: A Closer Walk with Thee, directed by John C. Clark & Brie Williams (USA)
Honorable Mention: Birdboy: The Lost Children, directed by Pedro Rivero | Alberto Vázquez (Spain)
Audience Award: Show Yourself, directed by Billy Ray Brewton (USA)
Best Actor: A.J. Knight for his performance in A Closer Walk with Thee (USA)
Best Actress: Suela Bako, in Bloodlands (Albania / Australia)


Grand Jury Prize: Reveangance, directed by Bill Plympton (USA)
Audience Award: Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming), directed by Ann Marie Fleming (Canada)


Grand Jury Prize: Kandyland, directed by Seth Graves (USA)
Audience Award: Wild Man, directed by Jacquie Phillips & Stefanie Black (USA)


Grand Jury Prize - Long Form: The Nest, directed by Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon (Brazil)
Grand Jury Prize - Short Form: Guest Appearances, directed by Elizabeth Guest (USA)
Audience Award: Long Live Death, directed by Sebastian Marka (Germany)
Special Jury Prize: Tatanka Means, for his performance in The Minutes Collection (USA)


Grand Jury Prize: What Tears Us Apart, directed by Hu Wei (France) (Qualified for Academy Award Consideration)
Best American Short Film: American Paradise, directed by Joe Talbot (USA)
Honorable Mention - American Short Film: A Funeral for Lightning, directed by Emily Kai Bock (USA / Canada)
Best International Short Film: Import, directed by Ena Sendijarevic (Netherlands)
Honorable Mention - International Short Film: Thank You Mr. Imada, directed by Sylvain Chomet (France)
Audience Award: 4:15 PM The End of the World, directed by Gabi Virginia Sarga & Catalin Rotaru (Romania)


Grand Jury Prize: Garden Party, directed by Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Theophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Na (France) (Qualified for Academy Award Consideration)
Honorable Mention: Kaputt/Broken - The Woman's Prison at Hoheneck, directed by Volker Schlecht & Alexander Lahl (Germany)
Honorable Mention: E is for Evolution, directed by Paul Kusmaul (Belgium)
Honorable Mention: The Absence of Eddy Table, directed by Rune Spaans (Norway)
Audience Award: Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island, directed by Lukas Schrank (Australia)


Grand Jury Prize: Refugee, directed by Emily Moore & Joyce Chen (USA)
Honorable Mention: Moriom, directed by Francesca Scalisi & Mark Olexa (Switzerland / Bangladesh)
Audience Award: The Streets Are Ours: Two Lives Cross in Karachi, directed by Michelle Fiordaliso (USA / Pakistan)


Grand Jury Prize: The Edge of Alchemy, directed by Stacey Steers (USA)
Honorable Mention: The Reflection of Power, directed by Mihai Grecu (France)
Audience Award: The Reflection of Power, directed by Mihai Grecu (France)


Grand Jury Prize: The Art of Not Appearing, directed by Pernille Rivedal Hellevik (Norway)
Honorable Mention: The Alan Dimension, directed by Jac Clinch (United Kingdom)
Special Jury Prize for Performance: Lucy Chappell in Spilt Milk (United Kingdom)


Grand Jury Prize: I Am the Doorway, directed by Robin Kasparik (Czech Republic)
Honorable Mention: Pearlies (Quenottes), directed by Pascal Thiebaux & Gil Pinheiro (Canada)
Special Jury Prize for Exuberance, Vision and Naughtiness: Ghosting the Party, directed by Carlos Alberto Fernandez Lopez
Audience Award: Hand Fart, directed by Stanley Wong & Travis Ashkenasy


Grand Jury Prize - Narrative Short: A Funeral for Lightning, directed by Emily Kai Bock
Grand Jury Prize - Documentary Short: Still Sophie, directed by Caroline Knight
Grand Jury Prize - Student Short: Millennium Girl, directed by Grayson Propst
Tennessee Horizon Audience Award: Martha, directed by Taylor Burgess


Grand Jury Prize: Jouska, directedy Wynter Rhys
Audience Award: Recess, directed by Brett Elam

The Nashville Film Festival announces the winners of their 4th annual Screenwriting Competition.
The winners were selected from over 1,300 submissions from all over the world including feature-length screenplays, short screenplays, and teleplays. Winners were chosen by a team of 27 industry professionals including agents, writers, producers, and directors for companies such as APA Agency, Bob’s Burgers, and Voltage Pictures.

Grand Jury Prizes:

Grand Jury Prize – Feature Screenplay:

The Secret of Shangri-La by Lisa Gold

Grand Jury Prize – Short Screenplay:

Del Rio, Texas by Raj Trivedi

Feature Screenplays:

Best Comedy Feature:

The Anklebiter by Andrew Jones

Best Drama Feature:

The Low Road by Darren McInerney

Best Action/Adventure Feature:

Duel of the Immortals by Michael Gibrall

Best Family/Animation Feature:

The Secret of Shangri-La by Lisa Gold

Best Historical Feature:

A Man Called White by Randy Hines

Best Inspirational Feature:

The Moonbeam Fisherman by John Dummer

Best Music-Inspired Feature:

The Jack-O-Lanterns by Dan Goforth

Best Science-Fiction Feature:

Alien in my Pocket by Joe Borriello

Best Tennessee Feature:

Café New York by Katy Chevigny-Smith

Best Thriller/Horror Feature:

The Sand Reckoner by Christopher Colpitts

Short Screenplays:

Best Comedy Short:

Anatomically Modern Human for President by Amanda Martinez

Best Drama Short:

Del Rio, Texas by Raj Trivedi

Best Genre Short:

Fly! by Dave Chan

Best Tennessee Short:

The Morning After by Conway Preston

Best Thriller/Horror Short:

Gone by David Cramer

Best Young Screenwriter Short:

Ruth(less) by Lauren Marie Miller


Best 30-Minute Teleplay:

Millennial Rules by Heidi Putallaz

Best 60-Minute Teleplay:

Blood Oath by Jake Bottiglieri

NashFilm VR & 360 Film Competition

In 2017, the Nashville Film Festival's 48th year, the VR & 360 Film Competition was launched to curate and spotlight quality VR & 360 Film experiences.  On the final day of the 2017 festival, April 29th, each of the competition finalists were exhibited on site at the Regal Hollywood 27 Cinemas.  The competition awards included high performance computers from AMD (Grand Jury Prize & Honorable Mention) as well as awards certificates & festival laurels.

View the winners of the 2017 NashFilm VR & 360 Film Competition:


Invasion by Baobab Studios

Invasion! VR & 360 Film Grand Prize Winner Awards


1) "The Beacon" award statue by Alan Lequire
High Performance computer by AMD
3) Award Certificate
4) Festival Laurels
5) Qty (2) All-Access Passes to the festival and Creators Conference


I, Philip directed by Pierre Zandrowicz

I, Philip 2017 VR & 360 Film Competition Honorable Mention Awards


1) High Performance computer by AMD

2) Festival Laurels

3) Qty (2) All-Access Passes to the festival and Creators Conference

FINALISTS  (in alphabetical order)

Asteroids by Baobab Studios

Asteroids 2017 VR & 360 Film Competition Finalist Awards


1) Festival Laurels

2) Qty (2) All-Access Passes to the festival and Creators Conference

The Rock Presents: "Escape From Calypso Island" by Scott Brown

Escape from Calypso Island 2017 VR & 360 Film Competition Finalist Awards


1) Festival Laurels

2) Qty (2) All-Access Passes to the festival and Creators Conference

VAIN: This Party Sucks directed by Maggie Levin

Vain 2017 VR & 360 Film Competition Finalist Awards


1) Festival Laurels

2) Qty (2) All-Access Passes to the festival and Creators Conference

Full 2017 Festival Gallery

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2016 Festival

2016 NashFilm Artwork


2016 Features in Competition

Special Presentations | Spectrum |  Narrative Competition | New Directors Competition | Documentary Competition | Music Films/Music City Competition | Graveyard Shift | Tennessee First | Community Cinema


Narrative Competition | Animation Competition | Documentary Competition | Experimental Competition | Student Competition | Graveyard Shift | Tennessee First | Young Filmmakers

Feature Film Awards

magallanesBridgestone Narrative Competition
Grand Jury Prize: Magallanes, directed by Salvador del Solar.
Honorable Mention: Free in Deed, directed by Jake Mahaffy.
Best Actor: David Harewood in Free in Deed.
Best Actress: Dorka Gryllus in Demimonde.
Best Screenplay: Eva Neymann for Song of Songs.
Best Music: The Lure.
Southwest Airlines Audience Award (tie): Demimonde, directed by Atilla Szász.
Southwest Airlines Audience Award (tie): Hunky Dory, directed by Michael Curtis Johnson.
Southwest Airlines Audience Award (tie): Magallanes, directed by Salvador del Solar.

TranspecosNew Directors Competition
Grand Jury Prize: Transpecos, directed by Greg Kwedar.
Honorable Mention: The Fits, directed by Anna Rose Holmer.
Best Actor: Gabriel Luna in Transpecos.
Best Actress: Brogan Ellis and Lauren McQueen in The Violators.
Special Jury Prize for Production Design: The Arbelist.
Southwest Airlines Audience Award: Transpecos, directed by Greg Kwedar.

SeerDocumentary Competition
Grand Jury Prize (tie): SEED: The Untold Story, directed by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz.
Grand Jury Prize (tie): The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, directed by Laura Dunn.
Honorable Mention: The Bandit, directed by Jesse Moss.
Special Jury Prize for Badass Filmmaking: Hooligan Sparrow, directed by Nanfu Wang.
Southwest Airlines Audience Award: To the Moon and Back, directed by Susan Morgan Cooper.

syljohnsonGibson Music Films/Music City Competition
Grand Jury Prize: Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows.
Honorable Mention: Colin Hay - Waiting for My Real Life, directed by Nate Gowtham and Aaron Faulls.
Special Jury Prize for Best Underdog Story: Sidemen: Long Road to Glory, directed by Scott Rosenbaum.
Southwest Airlines Audience Award: Colin Hay - Waiting for My Real Life, directed by Nate Gowtham and Aaron Faulls.

Full 2016 Festival Gallery

2015 Festival

2015 NashFilm Artwork

“This is a strong and diverse presentation,” said Brian Owens, NaFF Artistic Director. “These films showcase some of the most talented filmmakers I have seen in years.  The Nashville Film Festival is proud of the number of World, Southeast and Tennessee premieres in this year’s field of features.”

“Film fans will have an outstanding variety of films to choose from,” said Ted Crockett, NaFF Executive Director. “The music docs, narrative features, and short films will make this festival one of the best ever.  We’re excited to celebrate film with our members, sponsors, film fans and amazing filmmakers.”  (Film synopses.)

Bridgestone Narrative Feature Competition

7 Chinese Brothers | Bob Byington. USA. | Southeast US Premiere.
Cowboys | Tomislav Mrsic. Croatia. | Tennessee Premiere.
Diamond Tongues | Brian Robertson, Pavan Moondi. USA. | Southeast US Premiere.
Eadweard | Kyle Rideout. Croatia. | Southeast US Premiere.
Funny Bunny | Alison Bagnall. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
God Bless the Child | Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
H. | Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia. USA, Argentina. | Tennessee Premiere.
Lake Los Angeles | Mike Ott. USA | Tennessee Premiere.
Los Hongos | Oscar Ruiz Navia. Columbia. | Tennessee Premiere.
Margarita, with a Straw | Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar. India. | Tennessee Premiere.
Monument to Michael Jackson | Darko Lungulov. Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia. | Southeast US Premiere.
Runoff | Kimberly Levin. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
Safelight | Tony Aloupis. USA. | World Premiere.
Sam | Nicholas Brooks. USA. | World Premiere.
Sand Dollars | Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán. Dominican Republic, Argentina, Mexico. | Tennessee Premiere.
Yosemite | Gabrielle Demeestere. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.

New Directors Competition

All-Stars | Lance Kinsey. USA. | Southeast US Premiere.
The Ambassador to Bern | Attila Szász. Hungary. | Southeast US Premiere.
Ben’s At Home | Mars Horodyski. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
The Challenger | Kent Moran. USA . | Tennessee Premiere.
For the Plasma | Bingham Bryant, Kyle Molzan. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
Krisha | Trey Edward Shults. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
The Midnight Swim | Sarah Adina Smith. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
Molly Takes a Trip | Annika Kurnick. USA. | World Premiere.
Naz & Maalik | Jay Dockendorf. USA. | Southeast US Premiere.
Radiator | Tom Browne. United Kingdom. | Tennessee Premiere.
Some Beasts | Cameron Nelson. USA. | Southeast US Premiere.
Songs She Wrote About People She Knows | Kris Elgstrand. Canada. | Southeast US Premiere.

Documentary Feature Competition

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young | Annika, Iltis, Timothy Kane. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
For Grace | Mark Helenowski, Kevin Pang. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
Frame by Frame | Mo Scarpelli, Alexandria Bombach. USA, Afghanistan. | Tennessee Premiere.
From Fat to Finish Line | Angela Lee. USA | World Premiere.
Holbrook / Twain: An American Odyssey | Scott Teems. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
How to Dance in Ohio | Alexandra Shiva. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
In My Father’s House | Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg. USA. | Southeast Premiere.
The Keepers | Joann Selvidge, Sara Kaye Larson. USA. | World Premiere.
Live from New York! | Bao Nguyen. USA. | Southeast Premiere.
Meru | E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin. India, USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
Rosenwald | Aviva Kempner. USA. | Special Presentation by the Jewish Film Festival. Tennessee Premiere.
Stray Dog | Debra Granik. India, USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
T(E)RROR | Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliff. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
Top Spin | Sara Newens, Mina T. Son. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
Welcome to Leith |  Michael Nichols, Christopher K. Walker. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
We Were Rebels | Katharina von Schroeder, Florian Schewe. USA, South Sudan, Germany. |  North American Premiere.

Music Films/Music City

Austin to Boston | James Marcus Haney. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
Buskin’ Blues | Erin Derham. USA. | World Premiere.
Country: Portraits of an American Sound | Steven Kochones. USA. | World Premiere.
Heartworn Highways Revisited | Wayne Price. USA. | Southeast Premiere.
How Sweet the Sound – The Blind Boys of Alabama | Leslie McCleave. USA. | World Premiere.
Imba Means Sing | Danielle Bernstein. USA, Canada and Uganda. | Tennessee Premiere.
Made in Japan | Josh Bishop. USA, Japan. | Southeast Premiere.
My Voice, My Life | Ruby Yang. Hong Kong. | Tennessee Premiere.
Orion: The Man Who Would Be KingI | Jeanie Finlay. UK. | Southeast Premiere.
The Record Man | Mark Moormann. USA. | Tennessee Premiere
Revival: The Sam Bush Story | Wayne Franklin, Kris Wheeler. USA. | World Premiere.
Sweet Micky for President | Ben Patterson. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.

Tennessee First Features

Ain't It Nowhere | Scott Murphy. | World Premiere.
Duty of the Hour | Tony Dancy, Reece Auguiste. | World Premiere.
Heartworn Highways Revisited | Wayne Price. | World Premiere. 
Homeless | Clay Hassler. | World Premiere.
The Keepers | Joann Self Selvidge, Sara Kaye Larson. | World Premiere.
Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw | Rick Goldsmith. | World Premiere.
Orphan Brigade - Soundtrack to a Ghost Story | Joshua Britt, Neilson Hubbard. | World Premiere.
Paternity Leave |  Matt Riddlehoover. | World Premiere.
Reminiscent | Justin Tandy, Dustin Brandt Hyer. | World Premiere.
Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl | Robin Greenspun. | World Premiere.

Graveyard Shift

Another | Jason Bognacki. USA. | Southeast US Premiere.
Cub | Jonas Govaerts. Belgium. | Tennessee Premiere.
Alléluia | Frabrice Du Welz. Belgium. | Tennessee Premiere.
Felt | Jason Banker. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
Horsehead | Romain Basset. France. | Tennessee Premiere.
They Look Like People | Perry Blackshear. USA. | Southeast US Premiere.
Ladies of the House | John Stuart Wildman. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
Sufferland | Linear Downfall. USA. | World Premiere.

Feature Film Awards

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) 2015 announced the 46th Annual Competition Award winners, including Grand Jury Prizes to Monument to Michael Jackson, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King and other notable films. Best Original Song went to Brian Wilson for “One Kind of Love” from Love & Mercy.

Bridgestone Narrative Competition

Grand Jury Prize – Monument to Michael Jackson, directed by Darko Lungolov
Honorable Mention – WildLike, directed by Frank Hall Green

The Bridgestone Narrative Competition Grand Jury Prize went to Monument to Michael Jackson. The film was, “at times a political farce, a relationship drama and an inspiring tale of tenacity in the face of adversity.”The jury also awarded Geraldine Chaplin from Sand Dollars the Best Actress award, while Boris Milivojevic from Monument to Michael Jackson received the Best Actor award. Best Screenplay went to Shonali Bose for Margarita, with a Straw, and the Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund Award for Best Music in a Feature Film went to Ramon Cordero, Benjamin De Menil and Edilio Paredes for Sand Dollars. The Special Jury Prize for Cinematography was awarded to Tony Mirza for Eadweard.

Gibson Music Films/Music City Competition

Grand Jury Prize - Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, directed by Jeanie Finlay
Honorable Mention - Sweet Micky for President, directed by Ben Patterson

The jury said Orion, “hits every note... and then some. It was a completely unpredictable yet always entertaining and moving documentary.”The jury awarded the Special Jury Prize for Best Import to Tomi Fujiyama in Made in Japan.

Documentary Competition

Grand Jury Prize - Frame by Frame, directed by Mo Scarpelli and Alexandra Bombach
Honorable Mention - Welcome to Leith, directed by Michael Beach and Christopher K. Walker

Frame by Frame is a fascinating look into life in Afghanistan that celebrates its growing photography culture, with unprecedented access and interviews,” the jury said. “The film is beautifully crafted and we're so honored to present these first time filmmakers with the Documentary Grand Jury Prize, and hope that they will continue to make inspiring films.”The Special Jury Prize for Direction went to Jimmy Chin and E. Chai Vasahelyi forMeru.

New Directors Competition

Grand Jury Prize – Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, directed by Kris Elgstrand
Honorable Mention - Naz & Maalik, directed by Jay Dockendorf

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows received the Grand Jury Prize, “for its quirky plot, high production values, and unique yet relatable characters, the New Directors Jury awarded its Grand Jury Prize to Songs She Wrote About People She Knows. Lead actress Arabella Bushnell delivers a particularly strong performance as an aspiring pop singer, complete with highly original and hilarious songs. Writer/director Kris Elgstrand is a strong new voice in independent cinema and we are excited to see what he comes up with next. “

The jury awarded Krisha Fairchild with Best Actress for Krisha and Daniel Cerqueira with Best Actor for Radiator. The Special Jury Prize for Direction went to Sarah Adina Smith for The Midnight Swim.

Best Original Song

Winner - “One Kind of Love,” from Love & Mercy, written and performed by Brian Wilson
Honorable Mention – “Found You,” from In My Father’s House, written and performed by Rhymefest

Graveyard Shift Competition

Grand Jury Prize (tie) – Alléluia, directed by Fabrice du Welz
Grand Jury Prize (tie) -- They Look Like People, directed by Perry Blackshear

“The jury found itself unable to determine a hierarchy between exquisite works of passion, madness, human bonds and inhuman horror.”The jury awarded for Best Actress to Amy Everson in Felt and Best Actor to MacLeod Andrews in They Look Like People. The Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Use of Music went to Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It.
 Ground Zero Tennessee First Competition
Grand Jury Prize – The Keepers, directed by Joann Self Selvidge and Sara Kaye Larson

 Sponsored Awards

NPT Human Spirit Award – My Voice, My Life, directed by Ruby Yang
Women in Film & Television Award – Yosemite, directed by Gabrielle Demeestere
Outstanding LGBT Film – Naz & Maalik, directed by Jay Dockendorf
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award – Alfonso Gomez-Rejon for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Lipscomb University Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Rosenwald, directed by Aviva Kempner.

Audience Awards

“It’s been an incredible year,” said Brian Owens, Nashville Film Festival Artistic Director.  “The feedback on almost all films was positive and we enjoyed larger than ever audiences that continued to grow throughout the week. People were talking about these films in person and on social media. We are so proud to have presented them.  Personally, I’ll never forget this program of films.”

Southwest Airlines Audience Award Overall Winner
In My Father’s House, Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg, scored 4.99 out of 5

Southwest Airlines Audience Award Winners
Narrative Competition – Eadweard, Kyle Rideout, director
Documentary Competition – In My Father’s House, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, directors
Special Presentations  – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, director
Spectrum – The Waiting Country Woman, Li Yangiu, director
Music Films/Music City – Revival: The Sam Bush Story, Kris Wheeler and Wayne Franklin
Tennessee First – Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, Rick Goldsmith, director
New Directors Competition – The Challenger, Kent Moran, director
Graveyard Shift – They Look Like People, Perry Blackshear, director
Southwest Airlines Audience Awards  - Documentaries – Top Five

  1. In My Father’s House, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, directors
  2. Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, Rick Goldsmith, director
  3. The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young, Annika Iltis and Timothy Kane, directors
  4. Revival: The Sam Bush Story, Kris Wheeler and Wayne Franklin, directors
  5. Imba Means Sing, Danielle Bernstein, director

Southwest Airlines Audience Awards -  Narratives – Top Five

    1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, director
    2. The Challenger, Kent Moran, director
    3. Love & Mercy, Bill Pohlad, director
    4. Ain’t It Nowhere, Scott Murphy, director
    5. I’ll See You in My Dreams, Brett Haley, director

Short Film Awards

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) is pleased to announce the short film awards winners for the 46th Annual Nashville Film Festival. Jurors chose the winners from more than 2,600 entries ranging from 3-39 minutes in length, and covering a variety of genres.

Winners in the animated, narrative and documentary shorts categories are automatically qualified for Academy Award® consideration, should they meet all other eligibility requirements. The Nashville Film Festival is one of only 17 festivals in the world that are automatic qualifiers in these three categories.

According to the jury, its palpable portrayal of a child torn between two worlds earned Daytimer the Live Action Short Grand Jury Prize. Bear Story set itself a very high bar both stylistically and narratively and delivered across the board, which garnered it the Grand Jury Prize for Animated Short. La Vie en rose comme dans les films provided a humble glimpse into the complicated world of memory; the short received the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Short. Each of these three shorts will be automatically qualified for Academy Award® consideration.

Complete List of Short Film Award Winners

Live Action Short

Grand Jury Prize: Daytimer, directed by Riz Ahmed (United Kingdom)
Honorable Mention: Tzniut, directed by David Formentin (USA)
Honorable Mention: Saturday, directed by Mike Forshaw (United Kingdom)
Special Jury Prize for Visual Storytelling: The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375, directed by Omar El Zohairy (Egypt)

Animated Short

Grand Jury Prize: Bear Story, directed by Gabriel Osorio (Chile)
Honorable Mention: Man on the Chair, directed by Dahee Jeong (France)
Special Jury Prize for Achievement in Animation: Pineapple Calamari, directed by Kasia Nalewajka (United Kingdom)

Documentary Short

Grand Jury Prize: La Vie en rose comme dans les films, directed by Christophe M. Saber (Switzerland)
Honorable Mention: Autofocus, directed by Boris Poljak (Croatia)

Special Jury Prize for Bridging the Gap Between Experimental and Documentary Filmmaking: Object, directed by Paulina Skibinska (Poland)

Experimental Short

Grand Jury Prize: (null), directed by Michael Lange, David Gesslbauer (Germany)
Honorable Mention: Play Within a Play, directed by Yasmijn Karhof (Netherlands)

Student Short

Grand Jury Prize: Wire Cutters, directed by Jack Anderson (USA)
Honorable Mention: The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375, directed by Omar El Zohairy (Egypt)

Watkins Young Filmmaker Award

Poet Against Prejudice, directed by Faiza Almontaser (USA)

Graveyard Shift

Grand Jury Prize for Short Film: Alone, directed by Didier Philippe (France)
Honorable Mention for Short Film: Primrose Lane, directed by Nick Phillips (USA)

Ground Zero Tennessee First Shorts

Documentary Award: Muddy Pond, directed by Tyler Jones
Narrative Award: Trying Not to Explode, directed by Dave Dorsey

Tennessee Horizon Audience Award for Best Shorts
Presented by TN Film, Music & Entertainment Commission and Native Magazine
Winner (tie) – Daddy’s Little Girl, directed by Chad McClarnon
Winner (tie) – Usetocould, directed by Drew Maynard

Steven Goldmann Visionary Award: World of Tomorrow, directed by Don Hertzfeldt (USA)

New Web Series Competition | Monday, September 8, 2014 - Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) presented by Nissan,today announced the Official Call for Entries for a new Web Series Competition. With the Nashville Film Festival Film Competition and Screenwriting Competition, the three competitions will draw over 5,000 entries and offer more than $115,000 in cash and prizes. The Calls will close January 14, 2015. Winners of all competitions will be announced at the Nashville Film Festival, April 16 – 25th, 2015.

Web Series

Grand Jury Prize: 24 Hour Records, directed by Brad Cash (USA)
Honorable Mention: HelLA, directed by Rory Uphold (USA)

“The finalists for this year’s Screenwriting Competition represent the best in undiscovered writing talent,” said Ted Crockett, NaFF Executive Director. “They presented everything from hilarious comedies to terrifying horror films, and we are thrilled to be a venue to jumpstart their careers.”

The 65 finalists were selected from nearly 1,300 entries from around the world. The Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is unique among thousands of screenwriting competitions in the U.S. because it offers a category for young screenwriters as well as more categories for short screenplays than any other competition. The winner of 2014’s Tennessee Screenwriter Short Award is participating in this year’s festival as a feature.
“Placing in a screenwriting competition assists up and coming talent with an important step in their careers,” continued Crockett. “It can help them as they establish themselves and their films, whether that’s gaining financing, exposure or both.”

Top scripts, selected from NaFF winners, will be read by Blossom Films, Nicole Kidman’s Academy-Award nominated production company; noted casting director, Laray Mayfield; Sycamore Pictures CEO, Ben Nearn; Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films; famed limit-breaking director/producer Harmony Korine; Lewis Bogach, Emmy-winning Vice President of CMT-TV; and Abso Lutely Productions, producer of six current comedy TV hits.

FINALISTS, listed alphabetically by title:
"Code Blues" - Gary Wallach
"Glen Sherley" - Joe Rassulo, Robert Gibson
"Independence Pass" - Brian MacEvilly
"Oil and Water" - Alfred Thomas Catalfo, Morgan Webster Dudley
"Shadowman" - Mike Miller
"The Acadian" - David Vincent
"The Oracle of Jerald's Bay" - Sarah Bewley

COMEDY FEATURE                       
"Alliance" - Charlie Robinson, Carla Robinson
"Canadian Holiday" - David Rocchio
"Miss Loving" - Bernard Smith
"My Bad Day in Hell" - Eric Carlson
"Poe Boys" - David Van Hooser
"The Full Irish" - Brian MacEvilly

"Blind Boone" - Moss Hall, Max Morath
"Chris Gaines Saves the World" - Donald Driscoll
"Stride" - Rick Whelan

FAMILY FEATURE                         
"Darby Petty and the Lost Treasure" - DC Sayre
"Eleven Days" - Jaginder Singh
"The Creepy House" - Shoshana Rosenbaum

INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE                        
"Heart Stringz" - Barbara Ashdown
"In-Between" - Sandra Webb Smith
"One Small Step" - Patrick Sherman

ANIMATED FEATURE                   
"My Monster Burrufu" - Alberto Corral
"The Mythfitz" -  Nicholas Julius

ACTION/ADVENTURE FEATURE                             
" D.T."    - Ken Comer
"Guns and Grace" - Odin Ozdil
"The Third Bomb" - Phillip Parker

HISTORICAL FEATURE                               
"In Spite of It All" - Rebecca Boyd
"Kid Convict" - Julie Umbreit
"Samson: A Savior Will Rise" - Shawn Hoffman, Michael Hoffman

SCIENCE FICTION FEATURE                    
"Bioterror Conspiracy" - Louis Lio
"Eden"   - Jessica Chou
"No Man's Land" - Michelle Davidson, Jeffrey Field
"Populous" - Michael Quintero

THRILLER/HORROR FEATURE                               
"A Texas Story" - David Martin-Porras, Julia Fontana
"Bad Blood" - Billie Bates
"Empathy" - Elvis Wilson
"Ginseng" - Josh Barkey
"Lifers"  - Phil Burdette
"The Apocalypse Chronicles" - Nathan Ludwig, Charles Hill
"Why the Willow Weeps" - Dwight Jolivette
"Zombie Ward"    - Harry Oxnard

TENNESSEE SCREENWRITER FEATURE                            
"Empathy" - Elvis Wilson
"Sink Swim" - Elvis Wilson
"The Acadian" - David Vincent
"The Last Drop"   - A. D. Smith

“Limbo” - Jessica Chou
“Long Lost” - Deanna Shumaker
“Renegades” - Conway Preston
“Tip & Keeper” - Carol Caldwell

“It Could Be Worse” - Tracy Reilly
“The Knot” - Adam Rosenbaum
“Star Pupils” - Tom Ruprecht

“That Other Crazy Thing You Do” - Michelle Leibel
“U Got Tagged” - Andrew Roxby

“Illuminate” - Robert Pawloski
“Which Spoke of Freedom” - Aria Marrogi, Chris Germiller

“The Home of Rock” - Brian MacEvilly
“Wiindigoo the Cannibal” - Michael O'Rourke, Winona LaDuke

“Guest” - Charles Dillon Ward
“Lumen 18” - Darren Tibbits

“The Ice Road” - Taylor Albertson
“Incident at Broadway and Grand” - Francis Wolff

“The Favor” - Jack Fossett
“The Pride Club” - Kirill Dyshlovoy

Full 2015 Festival Gallery

2014 Festival

2014 NashFilm Artwork

Feature Films

Special Presentations

American Commune | Directors: Rena Mundo Croshere, Nadine Mundo. USA. 90 minutes.

Boulevard | Director: Dito Montiel. USA. 100 minutes.

Calvary | Director: John Michael McDonagh. Ireland / United Kingdom. 100 minutes.

Dom Hemingway | Director: Richard Shepard. United Kingdom. 93 minutes.

Field of Lost Shoes | Director: Sean McNamara. USA. 94 minutes. WORLD PREMIERE.

Happy Christmas | Director: Joe Swanberg. USA. 78 minutes.

Ida | Director: Pawel Pawilkowski. Poland. 80 minutes.

Locke | Director: Steven Knight. United Kingdom. 85 minutes.

Lucky Them | Director: Megan Griffiths. USA. 97 minutes.

Obvious Child | Director: Gillian Robespierre. USA. 83 minutes.

The One I Love | Director: Charlie McDowell. USA. 91 minutes.

Words and Pictures | Director: Fred Schepisi. USA. 111 minutes.

World Cinema

The Amazing Catfish | Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce. Mexico. 89 minutes.

Bethlehem | Director. Yuval Adler. Israel / Belgium / Germany. 99 minutes.

Butter on the Latch | Director: Josephine Baker. USA. 63 minutes.

Long Way Home | Director: Måns Nilsson. Sweden / USA. 87 minutes. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

Manakamana | Director: Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez. Nepal / USA. 117 minutes.

Metro Manila | Director: Sean Ellis. United Kingdom / Philippines. 115 minutes.

A Story of Children and Film | Director: Mark Cousins. United Kingdom / France. 101 minutes.

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear | Director: Denis Côté. Canada. 95 minutes.

When the World’s On Fire | Director: James Clauer. USA. 70 minutes. WORLD PREMIRE.

Narrative Competition

The Animal Project | Director: Ingrid Vininger. Canada. 90 minutes.

Buzzard | Director: Joel Potrykus. USA. 97 minutes.

Club Sandwich | Director: Fernando Eimbcke. Mexico. 82 minutes.

The Enemy Within | Director: Yorgos Tsemberopoulos. Greece. 107 minutes.

Grace. | Director: Heath Jones. USA. 95 minutes. WORLD PREMIERE.

The House That Jack Built | Director: Henry Barrial. USA. 90 minutes.

The Identical | Director: Dustin Marcellino. USA. 88 minutes. WORLD PREMIERE.

The Invisible Collection | Director: Bernard Attal. Brazil. 89 minutes.

Little Brother | Director: Seric Aprymov. Kazakhstan. 97 minutes.

Love Me | Directors: Maryna Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er. Turkey | Ukraine. 90 minutes.

Maryan | Director: Ganapathy Bharat. India | Namibia. 150 minutes.

Noble | Director: Stephen Bradley. Vietnam | United Kingdom. 101 minutes.

Peace After Marriage | Director: Ghazi Albuliwi. USA. 86 minutes.

Something Necessary | Director: Judy Kibinge. Germany | Kenya. 85 minutes.

Test | Director: Chris Mason Johnson. USA. 89 minutes.

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely | Director: Josephine Decker. USA. 94 minutes.

Undiscovered Gyrl | Director: Allison Burnett. USA. 100 minutes. WORLD PREMIERE.

New Directors Competition

1982| Director: Tommy Oliver. USA. 80 minutes.

9 Full Moons | Director: Tomer Almagor. USA. 103 minutes.

As It Is in Heaven | Director: Joshua Overbay. USA. 86 minutes.

Before I Disappear | Director: Shawn Christensen. USA. 94 minutes.

Chasing Ghosts | Director: Josh Shreve. USA. 93 minutes.

Congratulations! | Director: Mike Brune. USA. 90 minutes.

Drunktown’s Finest | Director: Sydney Freeland. USA. 95 minutes.

Forty Years from Yesterday | Director: Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck. USA. 76 minutes.

I Believe in Unicorns | Director: Leah Meyerhoff. USA. 80 minutes.

Medeas | Director: Andrea Pallaoro. Italy, Mexico, USA. 97 minutes.

OJ: The Musical | Director: Jeff Rosenberg. USA. 90 minutes.

The Resurrection of a Bastard | Director: Guido van Driel. Netherlands. 89 minutes.

Trap Street | Director: Vivian Qu. China. 93 minutes.

White Shadow | Director: Noaz Deshe. Tanzania / Germany. 117 minutes.

Documentary Competition

Art War | Director: Marco Wilms. Egypt, Germany. 84 minutes. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

Besa: The Promise | Director: Rachel Goslins. Albania / USA. 90 minutes.

Blackout: On Swan Pond | Director: Scott Colthorp. USA. 95 minutes. WORLD PREMIERE.

Butterfly Girl | Director: Cary Bell. USA. 76 minutes.

The Case Against 8 | Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White. USA. 112 minutes.

Farmland | Director: James Moll. USA. 70 minutes.

Fight Church | Director: Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkel.  USA. 84 minutes.

Freedom Summer | Director: Stanley Nelson. USA. 113 minutes.

Happy Valley | Director: Amir Bar-Lev. USA. 98 minutes.

The Human Experiment | Director: Dana Nachman, Don Hardy Jr. USA. 80 minutes.

Kidnapped for Christ | Director: Kate S. Logan. USA / Dominican Republic. 85 minutes.

The Overnighters | Director: Jesse Moss. USA. 100 minutes.

Point and Shoot | Director: Marshall Curry. USA / Libya. 83 minutes.

SlingShot | Director: Paul Lazarus. USA. 97 minutes.

A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness | Director: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell.  France / Germany / Estonia / USA. 98 minutes.

The Starfish Throwers | Director: Jesse Roesler. USA. 83 minutes.

Stream of Love | Director: Agnes Sós. Hungary / Romania. 70 minutes. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

This Time Next Year | Director: Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman. USA. 83 minutes.

WHITEY: The United States of America v. James J. Bulger | Director: Joe Berlinger. USA. 130 minutes.

Music Films / Music City Competition

The 78 Project Movie | Director: Alex Steyermark. USA. 98 minutes.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory | Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett. USA. 73 minutes.

The Ballad of Shovels & Rope | Director: Jace Freeman. USA. 72 minutes.

Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto | Director: Béla Fleck. USA. 97 minutes. WORLD PREMIERE.

Brasslands | Director: The Meerkat Media Collective. USA / Serbia. 84 minutes.

A Film About Kids and Music | Director:               Ramon Tort. Spain. 101 minutes.

Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me | Director: James Keach. USA. 116 minutes. WORLD PREMIERE.

I Lay Where I Fall | Director: Andrew Stubbs. USA. 88 minutes. WORLD PREMIERE.

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty | Director: Greg Oliver. USA. 80 minutes.

Led Zeppelin Played Here | Director: Jeff Krulik. USA. 90 minutes.

The Road to Fame | Director: Hao Tu. China / Netherlands / Denmark / United Kingdom. 80 minutes.

Take Me to the River | Director: Martin Shore. USA. 95 minutes.

The Winding Stream | Director:                Beth Harrington. USA. 90 minutes.

Tennessee First

Banjo Romantika: American Bluegrass Music & The Czech Imagination | Director: Shara Lange. USA. 65 minutes.

Beautiful Jim | Director: Rex Jones. USA. 53 minutes.

Closer to God | Director: Billy Senese. USA. 84  minutes. WORLD PREMIERE.

A Decade With an Unsigned Rock Band | Director: Criss Cheatham. USA. 81 minutes. WORLD PREMIERE.

Riser: Dierks Bentley | Director: Wes Edwards. USA. 45 minutes.

Something, Anything | Director: Paul Harrill. USA. 88 minutes.

Graveyard Shift

Blood Tokoloshe | Director: Jordan Harland. South Africa. 72 minutes. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

Borgman | Director: Alex van Warmerdam. Netherlands. 113 minutes.

The Congress | Director: Ari Folman. Israel / France. 122 minutes.

Proxy | Director: Zack Parker. USA. 120 minutes.

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears | Director: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani. Belgium. 102 minutes.

Wetlands | Director: David Wnendt. Germany. 105 minutes.

Wild Domestic | Director: Kyle Komline. USA. 74 minutes.

You and the Night | Director: Yann Gonzalez. France. 98 minutes.

Short Films

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the complete line-up for Short Films in Competition to be screened at the 45th annual Festival, April 17 – 26. NaFF will screen 157 short films from 33 countries in categories ranging from narrative, experimental, animated, young filmmakers, and Tennessee shorts. A record-breaking 2,347 short films were submitted. The 2014 lineup includes works starring Michael Cera, Amanda Seyfried, Anna Chlumsky, Michelle Rodriguez and Ben Schwartz.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended its qualification for NaFF Shorts in 2014. For the first time, shorts in the documentary category qualify for Academy Award consideration, in addition to narrative and animation shorts, which have qualified in past years. “Because of our Academy Award qualifier status, we tend to receive an impressive number of short film entries each year,” said Artistic Director, Brian Owens. “It means that our film goers will see quality short films and they may see shorts that go on to win Oscars. For example, our 2013 Live Action winner, Curfew, and our 2012 Animated Winner, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, both came through Nashville.”

This year, NaFF expands to two locations. Short films will be screened at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 and on the NaFF outdoor theater at Nissan Multicultural Village (Walk of Fame Park) in downtown Nashville. Like other major film festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca, NaFF is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased to any of 200 events, including films, panel discussions, and parties on the Nashville Film Festival website. NaFF brings in filmmakers, celebrities, and industry insiders to mingle with people who enjoy film on the big screen.

The Short Films in Competition include:

Live Action Shorts in Competition – Academy Award™ Qualifying Category

Afronauts | Director: Frances Bodomo. USA. 14 minutes.
It's July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon in this film inspired by true events.

The Amber Amulet | Director: Matthew Moore. Australia. 22 minutes.
This is the story of a superhero, a beagle, an amulet made of amber, and the potential that is locked inside all of us.

The Audition | Director: Michael Haussman. Italy. 11 minutes.
This scene begins as a playful challenge between two actors. What happens seems unplanned - as emotions become involved and they fall in love. The audience asks: Is this real? Or just really good acting?

Baby Mary | Director: Kris Swanberg. USA. 9 minutes.
An eight-year-old girl living on the west side of Chicago finds a neglected toddler and decides to take her home.

Balance | Director: Mark Ram. Netherlands. 11 minutes.
Friends Henderson and Morris are climbing a mountain, connected by a rope. They take an easy passage, but a loss of oversight leads to Henderson's fall. Morris cannot prevent falling too. Seconds later he finds himself hanging above an abyss, realizing the balance is unstable.

Bernard the Great | Director: Philippe Lupien, Marie-Helene Viens. Canada. 10 minutes.
It’s Bernard's birthday, but he doesn’t want to grow up. At 10 years old, he invents a suit that stops his growth. But everything will not work out as he planned… Being different is not as simple as he thought.

Best | Director: William Oldroyd. United Kingdom. 3 minutes.
With his wedding only moments away, a man and his best friend confront their future.

The Big House | Director: Musa Syeed. Yemen. 5 minutes.
A young Yemeni boy ventures out of his cramped apartment and finds a key to the empty mansion down the street, where he lets his imagination run wild.

Box Walk | Director: Tony Fulgham. USA. 16 minutes.
A quiet thirteen-year-old and his stepfather track down a wounded deer as the boy learns that doing the right thing is rarely easy and rarely clear.

The Bravest, the Boldest | Director: Moon Molson. USA. 17 minutes.
Two Army Casualty Notification Officers arrive at the Harlem projects to deliver Sayeeda Porter some news about her son serving in the war in the Middle East. But whatever it is they have to say, Sayeeda ain't trying to hear it.

Burger | Director: Magnus Mork. Norway / United Kingdom. 11 minutes.
It's a late night in a burger bar in Wales...

Butter Lamp | Director: Hu Wei. France / China. 16 minutes.
A photographer weaves unique links among nomadic families.

Catherine | Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp. USA. 13 minutes.
Catherine returns to work after a hiatus.

Chapel Perilous | Director: Matthew Lessner. USA. 13 minutes.
Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, a new short film by Matthew Lessner with Kris Park, David Henry Gerson, Bobby McGee and music by Sun Araw!

Claire | Director: Cate Smierciak. Germany. 14 minutes.
Alone on her first night in Berlin, a shy young woman gathers the courage to go out on her own, but after meeting a few locals at the corner bar, she is faced with more adventure than she bargained for.

Crystal | Director: Chell Stephen. Canada. 17 minutes.
Cursed with a real crumby attitude and a boring-ass hometown, 17-year-old Crystal relies on her passion for dance to escape the mundane life of rural Ontario and pursue her out-sized dream of being a pop superstar.

The Cyclist | Director: Christopher Bryan. USA. 7 minutes.
An emotional, visceral short film about the memories a man takes with him on his final ride.

Dig | Director: Toby Halbrooks. USA. 10 minutes.
A young girl watches her father dig a hole in their backyard. Mystified about his purpose, the neighborhood comes to watch.

Dog Food | Director: Brian Crano. USA. 18 minutes.
When Declan loses his dog and best friend Ralphie, his life starts to unravel.

Dotty | Director: Mick Andrews, Brett O'Gorman. New Zealand. 11 minutes.
A stubborn old lady struggles to send a text message to her daughter.

The Earth, the Way I Left It | Director: Jeff Pinilla. USA. 18 minutes.
A child coping with death in the family is visited by a stranger from the stars. This is a tale of youth preserving innocence through imagination.

Exchange & Mart | Director: Cara Connolly, Martin Clark. United Kingdom. 15 minutes.
A remote boarding school in the Scottish highlands is home to Reg, a lonely and yearning teenage girl. When Reg is required to fight in the woods, she knows what she must do.

First Baptist | Director:Nedra McClyde, Jamund Washington. USA. 20 minutes.
A young Southern Baptist choir soloist fights for the right for his place.

A First Date | Director: Alex Weinress. Australia. 8 minutes.
A serial online dater is ready to throw in the towel. She has one more online date lined up but fears another first date might be her last.

Floating Sunflowers | Director: Francisco Solorzano. USA. 12 minutes.
A still-life painter (Anna Chlumsky), and an author, are caught in an emotional winter but find solace in the possibility of love.

Funnel | Director: Andre Hyland. USA. 8 minutes.
When a man's car breaks down, he finds himself on a quest for a funnel.

Future Self | Director: Ezra Godden. USA. 17 minutes.
A sharp, ambitious boy is deeply underwhelmed when he meets a carefree, bizarre looking weirdo claiming to be his future self.

Gaspé Copper | Director: Alexis Fortier-Gauthier. Canada. 14 minutes.
Murdochville,1957. A family is forced to move, as the father, pained by a long miners’ strike, finds a new job in the city.

Good Morning | Director: Peter Knegt, Stephen Dunn. Canada. 10 minutes.
What happens when you wake up remarkably hungover on the morning after your 30th birthday to find that there’s a teenager sleeping on your couch (but thankfully not in your bed)?

A Good Story | Director: Martin-Christopher Bode. Germany. 20 minutes.
When Helga Landowsky discovers a broken jug in an antiques store near the German/Polish border, she wants to have it at any cost.

Gregory Go Boom | Director: Janicza Bravo. USA. 18 minutes.
A paraplegic man (Michael Cera) leaves home to be on his own.

I'm a Mitzvah | Director: Ben Berman. USA. 19 minutes.
A young American man spends one last night with his deceased friend while stranded in rural Mexico.

The Immaculate Reception | Director: Charlotte Glynn. USA. 17 minutes.
It's 1972 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sixteen-year-old Joey has the chance to prove himself when his crush ends up at his house to watch the infamous football game between the Steelers and the Raiders.

Jonathan's Chest | Director: Christopher Radcliff. USA. 14 minutes.
Everything changes one night for Alex, a troubled teenager, when he is visited by a boy claiming to be his brother -- who disappeared years earlier.

Kekasih | Director: Diffan Sina Norman. Malaysia. 9 minutes.
While pursuing his late wife, a botanical professor encounters a divine presence that will transform him forever.

Krisha | Director: Trey Edward Shults. USA. 15 minutes.
When Krisha decides to join her family for a holiday dinner, tensions escalate and she struggles to keep her own demons at bay.

The Last Time I Saw Richard | Director: Nicholas Verso. Australia. 22 minutes.
In the winter of 1995, a friendship forms between two boys forced to share a room in a teen mental health clinic.

Life's a Bitch | Director: Francois Jaros. Canada. 5 minutes.
Philip is going through a difficult and painful break-up.

MeTube: August sings Carmen 'Habanera' | Director: Daniel Moshel. Austria. 4 minutes.
MeTube, a homage to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, gifted and less gifted self-promoters on the internet, has attracted international attention.

My Sense of Modesty | Director: Sébastien Bailly. France. 20 minutes.
Hafsia, a student in Art History, is going to have to remove her hijab for an oral exam. She goes to the Louvre Museum to view the painting that she has to comment on.

Mystery | Director: Chema García Ibarra. Mexico. 12 minutes.
They say that if you put your ear to the back of his neck, you can hear the Virgin talk.

The Opportunist | Director: David Lassiter. USA. 15 minutes.
A night in the life of social shape-shifter addicted to the visceral thrill of invading the lives of others.

The Party | Director: Astrid Thorvaldsen, Ingvild Dagestad. Norway. 7 minutes.
The party is over.

Person to Person | Director: Dustin Guy Defa. USA. 18 minutes.
Waking up the morning after hosting a party, a man discovers a stranger passed out on his floor. He spends the rest of the day trying to convince her to leave.

Pour Retourner | Director: Scooter Corkle. Canada. 13 minutes.
A talented prison chef with the respect of his fellow inmates is paroled to a world that does not want him.

Rat Pack Rat | Director: Todd Rohal. USA. 19 minutes.
A Sammy Davis, Jr. impersonator, hired to visit with a loyal Rat Pack fan, finds himself delivering last rites at the boy's bedside.

Rhino Full Throttle | Director: Erik Schmitt. Germany. 15 minutes.
What is the city made of?

Sequence | Director: Charles Torrens. USA. 20 minutes.
A man wakes up one morning to realize the entire world has dreamed about him the night before.

Sevilla | Director: Bram Schouw. Netherlands. 11 minutes.
Three youngsters make a road trip that will change their lives forever.

Social Butterfly | Director: Lauren Wolkstein. France / USA. 15 minutes.
A 30-year-old American woman enters into a teenage party in the South of France. Some of the guests wonder who she is and what she is doing there.

Syndromeda | Director: Patrik Eklund. Sweden. 22 minutes.
Leif wakes up on the road—naked and bloody—with no memory of what has happened. No one believes him when he claims he was abducted by aliens.

Take Me to the Front | Director: Stefano Pietrocola. United Kingdom. 13 minutes.
A British photojournalist covers the Bosnian War. How far will he go for his art? Where will he draw the line between documentation and intervention?

The Third Wheel | Director: Adam Lustick. USA. 6 minutes.
In the crazy world of online dating, Gabrielle finds herself on a date with a pretty cute guy, Mark, and his psycho ex-girlfriend, Amy.

This Way Out | Director: Staten Cousins-Roe. United Kingdom. 18 minutes.
The oddball owner of a struggling euthanasia center has ten days to increase client numbers or face closure.

Tryouts | Director: Susana Casares. USA. 14 minutes.
Being a teenager isn't easy, especially for Nayla, a Muslim-American girl who wants to join her high school's cheerleading squad.

Unogumbe (Noye's Fluddle) | Director: Mark Dornford-May. South Africa. 35 minutes.
An adaptation of Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde moving the action from medieval England to present-day South Africa, where the background and poverty of the township is a striking metaphor for man's inhumanity to man.

Verbatim | Director: Brett Weiner. USA. 7 minutes.
A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier.

Vikingar | Director: Magali Magistry. Iceland / Denmark. 14 minutes.
Iceland, year 1000. Magnus, a fearless Viking warrior, confronts Bjarni the Berserker who abducted his wife and child. Their rivalry is only beginning.

The Voice Thief | Director: Adan Jodorowsky. USA / France / Chile. 26 minutes.
When an opera singer loses her voice, her husband embarks on an odyssey through Miami's dark underworld to recover it through supernatural means.

Wakening | Director: Danis Goulet. Canada. 9 minutes.
In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer Weesakechak searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.

We Keep On Dancing | Director: Jessica Barclay Lawton. Australia. 9 minutes.
Two distinctly disparate characters come together over a broken down Volkswagen Beetle in this sweet, amusing tale of love, loss and… car trouble.

Wedding Night | Director: Jenni Toivoniemi. Finland. 7 minutes.
A young Mormon couple’s wedding night is a surprise for both of them.

Whale Valley | Director: Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson. Iceland / Demark. 15 minutes.
Two brothers living in a remote Icelandic fjord with their parents take a journey that will mark a turning point in their lives.

Animated Shorts in Competition – Academy Award™ Qualifying Category

Allergy to Originality | Director: Drew Christie. USA. 5 minutes.
A humorous, animated Op-Doc for the New York Times explores the rich history of adaptation, plagiarism, and other forms of appropriation in art.

Animation Hotline, 2012 | Director: Dustin Grella. USA. 6 minutes.
Animation Hotline, uses anonymous messages left on the artist's voicemail to provide the content for these sometimes insightful, sometimes bizarre, micro-shorts.

Astigmatismo | Director: Nicolai Troshinsky. Spain. 4 minutes.
A boy, having lost his glasses, can only see one thing in focus at a time. His sight gets attracted by the sounds that surround him. He will have to explore a blurry world of unknown places and strange characters.

Bear Me | Director: Kasia Wilk. Germany. 6 minutes.
Love and other strange things...Bear me is a funny animation film about love, a normal course of life and everything else a relationship can offer - but in an idealistic perception.

Blame It On the Seagull | Director: Julie Engaas. Norway. 13 minutes
An animated documentary about Pelle Sandstrak and the way he showed the first signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette’s syndrome as a teenager.

Caminandes: Gran Dillama | Director: Pablo Vazquez. Netherlands. 3 minutes.
A young llama named Koro discovers that the grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence). Getting there turns out to be harder than expected.

A Cautionary Tail | Director: Simon Rippingale. Australia. 15 minutes.
A little girl is born with a tail that expresses her emotions. But when she grows up she must choose between conformity and self-expression. Starring Cate Blanchett.

Confusion Through Sand | Director: Danny Madden. USA. 12 minutes.
A nineteen year old kid finds himself alone in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react.

Francis | Director: Richard Hickey. United Kingdom. 7 minutes.
A young boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago spent his vacations in Quetico Provincial Park, on the border of Minnesota and Canada. But he won't be going back any day soon, not after what happened to a girl called Francis Brandywine.

Friendship All-Stars of Friendship | Director: Dan Lippert, Harry Chaskin, Justin Michael. USA. 3 minutes.
A stop-motion animated series following the gloriously mundane lives of celebrity roommates who all happen to live in the same building. In this episode, Ron Perlman shows off his new sunglasses to Guillermo del Toro.

Imposter | Director: Elie Chapuis. Switerland. 7 minutes.
In a city at night, a human-shaped deer tries to steal a man's identity by taking his head off.

Junkyard | Director: Hisko Hulsing. Netherlands. 18 minutes.
A man is being robbed and stabbed by a junkie. In the last second before he dies, a youth friendship flashes before his eyes.

Me + Her | Director: Joseph Oxford. USA. 12 minutes.
When Jack and Jill of Cardboard City are separated by Jill's untimely death, Jack goes on a journey to mend his (literally) broken heart.

Mia | Director: Wouter Bongaerts. Belgium. 9 minutes.
7-year-old Mia tries to liberate her overworked mother from the grasp of an overpopulated metropolis. In her quest, she unlocks the hidden secrets that make the world turn.

Places Where We Lived | Director: Bernardo Britto. USA. 7 minutes.
A man wakes up with a weird feeling. His parents are selling his childhood home.

The Sad House | Director: Sofia Carrillo. Mexico. 13 minutes.
The story of a family told through objects found in junk shops and flea markets.

Sausage | Director: Robert Grieves. United Kingdom. 7 minutes.
The idyllic world of two artisan stallholders is invaded by a devious fast-food vendor whose devious methods provoke life changing events.

SpongeBob SquarePants 4D: The Great Jelly Rescue! | Director: Brent Young. USA. 8 minutes.
When Bikini Bottom's jellyfish population is threatened by Plankton's maniacal plans, it's up to SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy to save the day.

Strings | Director: Pedro Solis Garcia. Spain. 11 minutes.
Maria’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends.

Yearbook | Director: Bernardo Britto. USA. 6 minutes.
A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.

Documentary Shorts in Competition – Academy Award™ Qualifying Category

Choreography | Director: Ashley Sabin, David Redmon. USA. 8 minutes.
Donkeys actively look back at the filmmaker’s gaze in Choreography, an experiential documentary that inverts a vérité or observational approach by showing everyday moments of how donkeys avoid becoming “caught” and transformed into an “unaware” or “natural” image.

Flo | Director: Riley Hooper. USA . 10 minutes.
In the face of Multiple Sclerosis, lung cancer and visual impairment, photographer Flo Fox has continued to pursue her art and has maintained her adventurous, feisty spirit and dirty sense of humor. No longer able to even hold a camera, she has her attendants take photos for her.

Gordie | Director: Traolach Ó Murchú. Ireland. 10 minutes.
An intimate self-authored documentary, Gordie tells the story of a Tlingit First Nation man living with the trauma of a devastating childhood event. Forgiveness is found in the coldest truths.

Hacked Circuit | Director: Deborah Stratman. USA. 16 minutes.
Multiple layers of fabrication and imposition are laid bare by this fluidly choreographed, single-shot embodiment of control. Sonic surveillance meets the black art of foley.

A Hole in the Sky | Director: Alex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi. Spain / Somolia. 10 minutes.
Young Alifa looks up at the Somali sky. She thinks about her daily life as a shepherdess... She knows that the day that will change her life forever is about to come.

The Home Team | Director: Joshua Seftel. USA. 9 minutes.
What’s in the water of Murray, Kentucky that such a small, tight-knit town is home to such an extraordinary basketball team? Murray’s love for the home team runs deep, and on the night of the big game, a single act of generosity changes everything.

The Last Days of Peter Bergmann | Director: Ciaran Cassidy. Ireland. 20 minutes.
In the summer of 2009, a man calling himself Peter Bergmann arrived in Sligo Town. Over his final three days, he would go to great lengths to ensure no one would ever discover who he was or where he came from.

The Lion's Mouth Opens | Director: Lucy Walker . USA. 15 minutes.
A stunningly courageous young actor, Marianna Palka, confronts her risk of Huntington's Disease.

Love. Love. Love. | Director: Sandhya Daisy Sundaram. Russia. 12 minutes.
Through the endless winters, every year, her love takes new shapes and forms.

Notes on Blindness | Director: Peter Middleton, James Spinney. United Kingdom. 14 minutes.
In 1983, following a decade of steady deterioration, writer and theologian John Hull lost all traces of light sensation. For the next three years he would keep a diary on audio cassette - over sixteen hours in total - a unique and insightful meditation on memory, consciousness and perception.

Skate Yrself Clean | Director: Janna Jude Brown. USA. 7 minutes.
Part documentary, part music video, meet the ever-joyful Ricky Lee Robinson: professional floor cleaner by day, beloved freestyle rollerskater by night.

Stumped | Director: Robin Berghaus. USA. 10 minutes.
When a filmmaker suddenly finds himself a quadrilateral amputee, he adapts to a world he never could have imagined, and finds a new creative outlet in stand-up comedy.

Tim and Susan Have Matching Handguns | Director: Joe Callander. USA. 2 minutes.
Love is swapping clips with your spouse in the middle of a three gun problem.

Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Film | Director: Steven Kochones. USA. 37 minutes.
Hear the stories behind rock’s most enduring images. This film spotlights the work of acclaimed rock photographers through interviews, photographs and never-before-seen footage covering 50 years of rock and roll.

Experimental Shorts in Competition

Brimstone Line | Director: Chris Kennedy. Canada. 10 minutes.
Three grids are placed along the Credit River in rural Ontario to intensify our sense of the zoom, narrowing vision and flattening space.

Cherries | Director: Friedl vom Gröller. Austria. 3 minutes.
A salon piece in black and white. The filmmaker circles the amorous play. Gestures and blurs, intuitively precise in-camera edits condense the situation of debauchery and digression.

Confessions with An Open Curtain | Director: Eli Cortiñas. Austria. 6 minutes.
"Funny business, a woman´s career, the things you drop on the way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you will need them again when you get back to being a woman. There is one career all females have in common whether we like it or not: Being a woman. “

Dry Standpipe | Director: Wojciech Bakowski. Poland. 12 minutes.
A startlingly raw interlaced video collage by celebrated Polish artist, musician and poet Wojciech Bakowski.

from left to right, top to bottom | Director: Flora Watzal. Austria. 15 minutes.
Ever since early performance art, the camera has stood ready as recording apparatus. Film and video seem to be the most suitable medium for playing back the movements of bodies in space and over time, complex processes and narrative entanglements. Yet what happens in the opposite case, when the space performs and along with it, the recording apparatus?

LIVEPAN | Director: Sasha Pirker. Austria. 2 minutes.
Unobserved production forms, no escape, deadpan, the stoic expression of the body/object comic—as we know from Buster Keaton—develops to the livepan of everyday routine.

Minimal Vandalism | Director: Kay Walkowiak. Austria. 4 minutes.
Touching art objects in an exhibition space is usually not allowed. Not so in Kay Walkowiak´s Minimal Vandalism, where this prohibition is practically stomped on.

Picture Perfect Pyramid | Director: Johann Lurf. Austria. 5 minutes.
Picture Perfect Pyramid is a 16mm film which in counter-clockwise spirals, circles a large pyramid structure that was built on the outskirts of Vienna in 1983. Using twenty-four positions the film was shot over the course of an entire day, with one shot per hour.

Redemption | Director: Miguel Gomes. Portugal. 26 minutes.
Where and when have four poor individuals begun searching for redemption?

Reign of Silence | Director: Lukas Marxt. Austria. 7 minutes.
Reign of Silence records a human intervention in nature, a barren landscape that’s strangely surreal, where humans aren´t really expected.

College Student Film Competition

1%ers | Director: Francesca de Sola. USA. 17 minutes.
A famous actress (Michelle Rodriguez) and her co-star (Rie Rasmussen) break away from their Hollywood bubble and head to a locals dive bar in pursuit of something 'real'. Things take a dark and violent turn when they clash with a group of outlaw bikers over a poker game.

All God's Creatures | Director: Brendon McDonall. Australia. 20 minutes.
Having just lost their father, brothers Asher and Charlie's already fragile relationship undergoes a test of almost mythic proportions when one of them commits an act of mindless cruelty.

Even Cowboys Get to Cry | Director: Mees Peijnenburg. Netherlands. 20 minutes.
A film about losing our youth, loneliness, violence and guilt: an homage to friendship.

Helpless | Director: Christene Hurley. USA. 8 minutes.
Leah confesses her true feelings to Chayse in the school library while unknown malice lurks in the hallways.

H’mong Sisters | Director: Jeff Wong. Singapore / Vietnam. 14 minutes.
Among the indigenous tribes in the mountains of Vietnam, 13-year old Mu thinks she knows everything her 16-year old sister Paj, a tour guide, knows - until they encounter a sex tourist.

Into The Silent Sea | Director: Andrej Landin. USA. 25 minutes.
Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made.

Miss Todd | Director: Kristina Yee. United Kingdom. 13 minutes.
It's 1909, and the whole world is waking to the possibilities of flight. Miss Todd dreams of flying, but she's got more than gravity holding her down. This is the story of her determination, her perseverance, and her passion.

Noah | Director: Patrick Cederberg, Walter Woodman. Canada. 18 minutes.
In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager's computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behavior (and romance) in the digital age.

The Pink Helmet Posse | Director: Kristelle Laroche, Benjamin Mullinkosson. USA. 9 minutes.
Three pink tutus. Three pink helmets. Three pink skateboards. Bella, Sierra and Rella prove that skateboarding is not just for boys.

Rabbit and Deer | Director: Péter Vácz. Hungary. 17 minutes.
The friendship of Rabbit and Deer is put to the test by Deer's new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension...

Silent | Director: Jaco Dukes. USA. 9 minutes.
A Jewish man deals with memories from World War II, when he was in line with other prisoners to be executed by a Nazi soldier.

Still Got Lives | Director: Jan-Gerrit Seyler. Germany. 23 minutes.
Marco and Lisa are in love. Online, they fight side by side against dreadful monsters. However, Lisa refuses to meet Marco in real life. When one day she stops showing up for the game, Marco decides to go searching for her.

Symphony no. 42 | Director: Réka Bucsi. Hungary. 10 minutes.
The film presents 47 observations in the irrational connections between human and nature.

Young Filmmakers Competition

Among Flowers | Director: 2013 Watkins Pre-College Film Students. USA. 11 minutes.
A teen girl, Lily, is resistant to therapy sessions until her persistent doctor, Dr. Jennings, finds a way to connect to and talk about her grief. On the verge of a breakthrough, Jennings hits a roadblock, leaving Lily's future unknown.

As We Get Older | Director: Silas Connolly. USA. 6 minutes.
Drug and alcohol usage are questioned as a solution to adolescent emptiness and inner conflict through graphic depiction of one teen’s night of moral dissipation.

Bongo | Director: Evan Sennett. USA. 5 minutes.
A curious looking boy, named Bongo, watches a couple dance.

Carry Over | Director: Ryan Hopkinson. USA. 8 minutes.
Northview High School's football team attempt to lead their school to the playoffs for the first time in school history in this youth-directed documentary.

Cookie Wars | Director: Natasha Lasky. USA. 6 minutes.
An ambitious mother has hired a ringer to help her sell Girl Scout cookies while her real daughter has plans of her own. The battle is on!

Epitaph | Director: Charles Blecker. USA. 6 minutes.
An unusual boy, Billy Coffin, takes his name seriously and prepares for the inevitable.

The Farm | Director: Malone Lumarda. USA. 10 minutes.
A wanderer stumbles across a seemingly abandoned farm and discovers he is not alone.

In Fiction | Director: Andrew Robbin. USA. 7 minutes.
A writer finds himself in a bind with his wife when a character he's created begins to take over his life.

Overflow | Director: Ruby Drake. USA. 7 minutes.
Two girls try to work through an unexpected crisis in their friendship.

Slender: The Film | Director: Rod Myers, Sam Slocum. USA. 9 minutes.
Teenage boy Steven Shepard, determined to find the cause of the accident that killed his mother, starts on a journey into the woods with his three friends to kill what he thinks did it.

Three Tiny Films from Saint Ann's School | Directors: Gregory Eagan, Laura Brown, Cullen Girolamo. USA. 6 minutes.
These three films -- "Irresolution" by Gregory Eagan, "Go Fish" by Laura Brown, and "Director's Cut" by Cullen Girolamo -- all under two minutes, were shot on 16mm color negative by students in a 3rd year production class at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn. These films are silent, each with an original score.

Feature Film Awards

Gibson Music City/Music Films Award 
Grand Jury Prize: Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me 
Honorable Mention: The Ballad of Shovels and Rope

The Gibson Music City/Music Films Grand Jury Award went to Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me, for sharing such an, "intimate and honest portrayal of a music legend's battle with Alzheimer's, Glen Campbell… I'll Be Me captures a family's commitment to love and laugh through the adversity of a debilitating disease."

The Gibson Music Films/Music City Competition Jury presented two awards tonight that truly celebrate the culture and heritage of Nashville. Juror, Joe Pacheco, a New York City based Director and Producer, said, "This year's 'Music Films/Music City' competition presented an impressive slate of films."

The jury also awarded an Honorable Mention to Jace Freeman and Sean Clark for their film, The Ballad of Shovels and Rope that also won the Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Feature.

Bridgestone Narrative Competition Award Winners 
Grand Jury Prize: Club Sandwich 
Honorable Mention: Little Brother
Best Actor: Manolis Mavromatakis, The Enemy Within
Best Actress: Britt Robertson, Undiscovered Gyrl

The Bridgestone Narrative Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Fernando Eimbcke's Club Sandwich, described as a, "...poignant and well paced coming of age film that is both sensitive and laugh out loud funny." by Bridgestone Narrative Grand juror, Brad Horvath, a Toronto producer.

The Bridgestone Narrative Grand Jury further expressed that the films insight into adolescence and separation anxiety made it a distinct pleasure to watch. Juror Meghan Wurtz of New York City based Film Movement, said, "We look forward to more films from this incredible director in the years to come."

Documentary Competition Award Winners
Grand Jury Prize: BESA: The Promise 
Honorable Mention: Happy Valley
Special Jury Prize: Kidnapped for Christ

The Documentary Competition awarded the Grand Jury Prize to Rachel Goslins, the director of BESA: The Promise.  "An inspiring work that sheds light on one of the darkest events in human history" said, Documentary Competition juror, Mark Rabinowitz, of Platform Media Group. "The film examines the power of a promise and uses an emotional and deeply personal story to reveal a cultural code and strength of integrity that is sorely needed in the world today…" added juror Allison Inman of Nashville's Belcourt Theatre.

The Honorable Mention award for the Documentary Competition went to Happy Valley, in which juror, Ben Hall of Nashville's WTVF said, "...was a meticulous piece of documentary journalism which expertly examines how even the most heinous of crimes...can affect people in disparate and surprising ways."

The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Kidnapped for Christ, which the Jury described as a "courageous investigative film, which sheds light on a little-known epidemic."

New Directors Narrative Competition Awards
Grand Jury Prize: Before I Disappear 
Honorable Mention: 1982
Honorable Mention: Drunktown's Finest
Best Actor: Jeremiah Bitsui, Drunktown's Finest
Best Actress: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Medeas

The New Directors Narrative Competition awarded five awards tonight.  The Grand Jury Prize was awarded based on the fundamental elements of filmmaking: storytelling, photography, character development, editing, and pacing, as well as surprises, twists and turns and originality, according to juror, Michael Chieffo, an actor and producer in Los Angeles.

Before I Disappear took home the Grand Jury Prize, which "held us in suspense and compelled us to wonder," said, Los Angeles based actress, Beth Grant.

Graveyard Shift Competition Awards
Grand Jury Prize for Feature Film: Wetlands
Honorable Mention for Feature Film: You and the Night
Best Actor: Eric Cantona, You and the Night
Best Actress: Carla Juri, Wetlands and Robin Wright, The Congress (Tie)

Grand Jury Prize for Short Film: The Voice Thief
Honorable Mention for Short Film: Kekasih

Special Jury Prize for Direction:  
Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani - The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears

Special Jury Prize for Cinematography 
Manuel Dacosse - The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears

The 2014 Graveyard Shift truly spanned the whole world both literally (the countries represented) and figuratively (the ideas encompassed).  “The visions it presented were provocative, intriguing, horrifying, and beautiful, and spoke volumes as to the conceptual diversity of World Cinema and the limitless possibilities that a creative mind and an inspired crew can create,” remarked juror Jason Shawhan.

In addition to the Feature Film Award Winners, NaFF proudly announced additional awards for variety of eligible films tonight. Juror Amy Webb added, "Thank you to the Nashville Film Festival for exposing us to stories from so many countries and cultures. We hope this tradition continues."

Louise LeQuire Award for Best Screenplay
Bernard Attal, The Invisible Collection

Special Jury Prize for Art and Activism
Alive Inside:  A Film About Memory and Music

Special Jury Prize for GLBT Filmmaking
The Case Against 8 - Ben Cotner & Ryan White

Special Jury Prize for Original Vision 

Special Jury Prize for Cultural Significance 
Love Me

Best Original Song in a Feature Film
“Davina” from I Believe in Unicorns - Sasha Gordon, Composer

Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund Best Music in a Feature Film 
Undiscovered Gyrl

Best Feature Film by a Woman | Presented by WIFT 
The Winding Stream 

Best Short Directed by a Woman | Presented by WIFT 

NPT Human Spirit Award 
The Starfish Throwers 

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award 
The Invisible Collection 

Lipscomb Ecumenical Prize 

Short Film Awards

“We had more short films entered in our festival this year, than ever before, said NaFF Artistic Director, Brian Owens. “Word has gotten around to filmmakers that NaFF is THE festival to enter because winners in the short documentary, narrative and animation competitions are automatically given Academy Award consideration. As an Academy Award Qualifying festival, several of NaFF films have gone on to earn nominations, including: Academy Award-winner Shawn Christensen for Curfew, Sean Durkin for Mary Last Seen, Jamie Travis for The Armoire, and Denis Villeneuve for Next Floor. Recent NaFF selections that went on to Oscar nominations include: Buzkashi Boys, Kavi, Miracle Fish, The Pig, Instead of Abracadbra, and West Bank Story.

Narrative Shorts

Grand Jury Prize: Rhino Full Throttle – Erik Schmitt
Honorable Mention: Afronauts – Frances Bodomo
Honorable Mention: I’m a Mitzvah – Ben Berman

Documentary Shorts

Grand Jury Prize: The Last Days of Peter Bergmann – Ciaran Cassidy
Honorable Mention: Love. Love. Love. – Sandhya Daisy Sundaram

Animation Shorts

Grand Jury Prize: Rabbit and Deer – Peter Vacz
Honorable Mention: Yearbook – Bernardo Britto

Special Jury Prize for Acting

Ed Oxenbould: The Amber Amulet & All God’s Creatures

Women In Film & TV
Helpless – Christene Hurley

Student Shorts

Grand Jury Prize: Pink Helmet Posse – Kristelle Laroche, Benjamin Mullincosson
Honorable Mention: Into the Silent Sea – Andrej Landin

Young Filmmaker

Overflow – Ruby Drake

TN Shorts Finalists:

Bear With Me – Chad McClarnon
Elvis Loses His Excess… - Riley Hooper
Lower Broads – Drew Langer
Shadowland – Steven Wesley Miller
Sorry About Tomorrow – Motke Dapp
Straight Up: Tennessee Whiskey – Eric Byford

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