How to Fest 2018

Regal Hollywood 27 Cinema at night

Are you new to the Nashville Film Festival, or perhaps a long time attendee, looking for the details?  To help you plan and navigate the festival, we’ve created “How To Fest” — the user’s guide to the 2018 Nashville Film Festival:

Where & When:

May 10 – 19, 2018 @ Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 & RPX – Nashville
                               719 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204

*Yep, the festival is all in one place — 10 theaters, 10 days, box office, VIP area, red carpets, and films … many, many films!

Host Hotel:

Four Points by Sheraton
                              760 Old Hickory Blvd, Brentwood, TN 37027

This vibrant, contemporary hotel has 42-inch flat-screen TVs in every room, in addition to free bottled water, complimentary WiFi, and desks. Suites add separate sitting areas and wet bars.

Amenities include a casual American restaurant and a bar with regular live music, plus an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a 24-hour fitness center. There’s also a complimentary area shuttle and parking, plus a business center.

*The Four Points by Sheraton is conveniently located 6.4 miles away, with easy access via I-65

Book @ Four Points

*Our courteousy block is available through April 10, 2018

Host Hotel:

Cambria Nashville {Downtown Nashville}
                              118 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Set in the trendy Sobro neighborhood, this relaxed hotel is a 6-minute walk from both Ryman Auditorium, a popular concert venue, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s also 9 miles from Nashville International Airport.

Warm rooms with funky, music-inspired decor feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges. Suites add sitting areas.

Breakfast is available for a fee. There’s a restaurant offering regular live music. Other amenities include a bar/lounge and a fitness room, as well as an indoor/outdoor heated pool, a hot tub and a sun deck.

*Cambria Nashville is downtown and just 4.3 miles away from the fest, with a straight shot down 8th Avenue South.


Hyatt Place Nashville/Brentwood
                              202 Summit View Dr, Brentwood, TN 37027

This modern hotel is 4.5 miles from the Radnor Lake State Park, and 9.2 miles from the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

Contemporary rooms come with free WiFi, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and minifridges. They also include wet bars, pull-out sofas, and separate living and sleeping areas.

There’s free hot breakfast and an area shuttle. Additional amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor pool and a coffee/cocktails bar, plus a 24-hour menu and market.

*Hyatt Place Nashville/Brentwood is conveniently located 6.4 miles away, with easy access via I-65


Hyatt Place Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs
                              650 Bakers Bridge Ave, Franklin, TN 37067

Set 11.1 miles from Radnor Lake State Natural Area, this straightforward hotel is also 12.7 miles from the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere.

The modern rooms feature free Wi-Fi, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, separate living areas and pull-out sofas. They also come with minifridges and wet bars.

The hotel serves free hot breakfast. Other amenities include a coffee and cocktails bar, a 24/7 menu and market, an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center.

*Hyatt Place Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs is located 11.7 miles away, with easy access via I-65

Program Guide:

This year’s program guide will be available as a .pdf come the end of April, 2018.  Also, we’ll have printed versions available at the festival that you can make notes in or take home as a souvenir.  Just swing by the on-site box office and pick up your copy!

Film Categories:

Wondering why the festival’s films aren’t grouped by genre (i.e. comedy, horror, etc)?  Each film category represents how it was curated (i.e the competition that the films were submitted to).  We color code these in the program guide and the online calendar to make it easier to find something you’ll enjoy!  Here are each of the categories with a little descriptions.

Special Presentations:  High profile films featuring familiar names and rising stars making their Nashville premieres.
Spectrum:  Compelling, challenging stories crafted by the filmmakers who are setting trends in contemporary world cinema.
TN First Competition:  Homegrown cinema representing all corners of the Volunteer State.
Narrative Competition:  This competition brings the newest films from around the world created by established filmmakers.
New Directors Competition: These films feature narrative works created by first-time filmmakers.
Documentary Competition:  A selection of the finest non-fiction cinema on offer.
Music Films/Music City Competition:  Highlighting films that celebrate music, musicians and the impact music has on our lives.
Animated Feature Competition:  Independent animated visions created in all styles and coming from all corners of the world.
Graveyard Shift Competition:  An unflinching look at the human (and inhuman) condition, holding nothing back and digging down to the marrow.  It’s not for the faint of heart – if you couldn’t figure that out already.
Shorts Programs:  Short films are all under 40 minutes.  The winning films in the Narrative Shorts Competition, Animated Shorts Competition, and Documentary Shorts Competition will become eligible for Academy Award Consideration, provided it meets all other eligibility requirements.
Episodic Competition:  Creative content crafted for any type of screen meant to be consumed in small pieces…or binged!

Film Ratings:

The films shown at our annual film festival are all independently made, and an increasing number of which are premiering at NashFilm!  Because this stage is so early on in the film’s life, few, if any have gone through the rating process.  If you are looking for films that are family friendly, or of a particular rating, feel free to reach out.  We are happy to advise to the best of our ability. 🙂


Gold Laminate$399~All-Access Festival Laminate, including entrance to the exclusive VIP Tent
~No-charge tickets to festival films
~Concierge service to reserve tickets
~Invite to Opening/Closing Night Parties
~Year-Round benefits as a member
~and more!
Silver Laminate$250~Festival Laminate with access to the VIP Tent
~$5 tickets to festival films
~Invite to Opening/Closing Night Parties
~Year-Round benefits as a member
~and more!
More Membership Levels$45 - $1,500We have membership levels of all sizes.
See which one fits you best!

*Individual tickets will be available for purchase.  Passes offer the best festival experience with access to the VIP Tent, parties, and much more!

**Passes can be picked up from the on-site NashFilm Box office, located at the Regal Hollywood 27.  See below for Box Office Schedule.

Box Office:

Stop by the on-site NashFilm Box Office to buy or pick up tickets and passes.

The Box Office for NashFilm will be on site at the Regal Hollywood 27 the following times:

April 30th: Tickets go on sale to members
May 2nd: Tickets go on sale to the general public
May 9th: Onsite Box Office opens at Regal Cinema at noon
May 10-19th: Onsite Box Office opens 30 min before the start of the first film each day, closes at 10:15 pm

Festival Lineup:

Films showing at the festival will be announced mid-March.  Check out the 2017 Creator’s Conference schedule and stay tuned for the 2018 calendar!

Festival Highlights:

May 10th: Festival begins, and the Opening Night Party is from 8 PM – 11 PM
May 17thCreator’s Conference all day
May 18th: Creator’s Conference all day
May 19th: Best of Fest Films – Watch the Audience Award Winners all day 10 AM – 10 PM, and the festival’s Closing Night Party from 8:30 PM – 11 PM

Red Carpets:

Be there for a Red Carpet!  Red Carpets, which are open to the public, are exciting events featuring interviews and photo shoots of filmmakers, celebrities, and more.  Start times will vary from night to night, generally beginning around 5 PM.

Festival Dining:

NashFilm will feature food trucks on site each day, offering a wide variety from Nashville’s bustling culinary scene.  Additionally, there are numerous great places to eat nearby:

A Short Walk Away

RestaurantDistanceCuisine Style
Panera Bread.2 milesCounter-serve bakery/cafe chain serving sandwiches, salads & more, known for its bread & free WiFi
Panda Express.2 milesFast-food chain for Chinese standards, including some health-conscious options
Rafferty's Restaurant & Bar.4 milesLaid-back regional chain for burgers, steaks & other American staples, with a kids' menu & full bar
Chipotle Mexican Grill.5 milesFast-food chain offering Mexican fare, including design-your-own burritos, tacos & bowls.
Logan's Roadhouse.6 milesDown-to-earth chain offering American standards like burgers & ribs, plus signature cocktails

Local Favs

RestaurantDistanceCuisine Style
Calypso Cafe.6 milesLocal chain serving light, Cuban-inspired dishes & beer in an island-themed setting
Firehouse Subs.6 milesCounter-serve sandwich chain offering made-to-order hot & cold subs, plus a variety of hot sauces
Baja Burrito.6 milesMexican street food like tacos & burritos in a funky counter-service eatery with an outdoor deck
Vui's Kitchen.6 milesVietnamese stop for pho, banh mi & noodle bowls, plus drinks, with indoor/outdoor seating.
Sam & Zoe's.6 milesRelaxed coffee spot serving locally roasted brews, homemade soups & fresh-daily breads.
Monells Cafe.7 milesBreakfast-to-dinner homestyle classics are the focus of this easygoing, cafeteria-style place
Sunflower Cafe.7 milesHomemade, locally sourced vegetarian dishes in a cozy setting with windows offering garden views
The Yellow Porch.6 milesAmerican bistro fare gets an eclectic spin at this colorful cafe with a large covered patio
The Pfunky Griddle.9 milesDaytime cafe where guests can cook their own pancakes & dabble with a big selection of toppings
Fat Mo's1.6 milesFast-food chain serving jumbo burgers & sandwiches, plus shakes & sides, in a low-key setting
The Sutler1.7 milesStoried late-night spot offering Southern fare, craft cocktails & live music in a rustic-chic space
Fenwick's 3001.7 milesCoffee shop with a robust breakfast and lunch menu
Sinema1.7 milesSet in historic Melrose theater, this over-the-top spot serves modern takes on American classics
Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant1.8 milesSimple, family-friendly local chain with a menu of Mexican classics, tequila & margaritas
B&C Melrose Barbeque1.8 milesBBQ meat & 3
ML Rose Craft Beer & Burgers1.8 milesBustling eatery serving a variety of craft beers along with down-home burgers & sweet potato fries
Athens Family Restaurant1.8 milesSouthern platters, Greek grub & breakfast served all day are the draws at this unfussy diner
Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish2.1 milesLocal fast-food chain serving spicy chicken, plus ribs, fish & Southern sides, in a no-frills space
Cilantro Mexican Bar & Grill2.1 milesMexican cuisine
The Smiling Elephant2.3 milesSnug, cottage setting for Thai specialties (including gluten-free options)
The Urban Juicer2.3 milesJuice Shop
8th & Roast2.4 milesComfy cafe offering gourmet java, plus an interactive hand-pour bar in industrial-chic surrounds
Love Peace & Pho2.4 milesVietnamese fare, from pho to banh mi to rice bowls, is provided in a modern, minimalist dining room