Nashville Film Festival Announces 54th Festival Film and Screenplay Competition Award Winners

Narrative feature MAMACRUZ earns Best Narrative Film honors; Liza Mandelup’s CATERPILLAR wins Best Documentary

The Nashville Film Festival today announces the 54th edition’s award winners, including best films in each category and the winning scripts in the organization’s esteemed screenplay competition. Spanish film MAMACRUZ, written and directed by Patricia Ortega, was named Best Narrative Feature, while Liza Mandelup’s CATERPILLAR earned the Best Documentary Feature award; DUSTY & STONES received Best Music Documentary honors, and Ryan Martin Brown’s FREE TIME received the Best New Directors Feature. Additionally, in the shorts categories, OUR MALES AND FEMALES was named Best Narrative Short, LITURGY OF ANTI-TANK OBSTACLES received the Best Documentary Short award and EEVA was named Best Animated Short. Juries in each festival category named their best films for the 2023 Nashville Film Festival during an awards ceremony at Arc Studios on Sunday, October 1, hosted by Nashville Film Festival Director of Programming Lauren Thelen. The complete list of film and script award winners can be found here and below.

See the full list of 2023 competition winners here!