Filmmaker FAQs


What important dates do I need to know? 

  • Entries Open – January 3, 2020
  • Early Bird Deadline – March 27, 2020
  • Regular Deadline  – May 22, 2020
  • Late Deadline  – June 19, 2020
  • Extended Deadline – June 26, 2020
  • Notification Date – July 10, 2020
  • 51st Nashville Film Festival – October 1-7, 2020

How do I submit my film? 

  • You can submit your film via Filmfreeway. Please see our festival listing HERE for all details. 

How much is it to enter?

  • Fees are staggered based entry categories and Earlybird, Regular, Late and Extended Deadlines. You can also receive a discounted rate if you are a Gold member on Filmfreeway. Please see our submission page HERE for a full list of pricing. 

Do you accept works-in-progress? 

  • Work-in-progress can be submitted, though not encouraged. 

Do you accept re-submission from previous years? 

  • We do not. Any work that was submitted in previous years is not eligible for the 2020 Festival. 

Do you require premiere status?

  • We do not World, US or Southeast premiere status (although preferable and will be eligible for additional awards money). We DO however, require Nashville premiere status. 

Do you prefer DVD, Blu-ray or online screeners? 

  • Online ONLY! No other form of screener will be eligible.

When we the festival notify filmmakers or acceptance or rejection? 

  • Filmmakers will be notified on or before July 10 , 2020. 

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