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:
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, box office, VIP area, and red carpets!
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
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
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
This year’s program guide is coming soon! We’ll have printed versions available at the festival. Just swing by the on-site box office and pick up your copy!
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. These films compete for Best Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Student Short.
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:
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.
|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
|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
*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 NashFilm Box office, located at the Regal Hollywood 27. See below for Box Office Schedule.
Stop by the NashFilm Box office to get tickets or pick up your will call tickets and pass.
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
Films showing at the festival will be announced mid-March. The Creator’s Conference Schedule is live and features the most up to date information on the Creator’s Conference sessions and events.
May 10th: Festival begins, and the Opening Night Party is from 8 PM – 11 PM
May 17th: Creator’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
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.
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
|Panera Bread||.2 miles||Counter-serve bakery/cafe chain serving sandwiches, salads & more, known for its bread & free WiFi|
|Panda Express||.2 miles||Fast-food chain for Chinese standards, including some health-conscious options|
|Rafferty's Restaurant & Bar||.4 miles||Laid-back regional chain for burgers, steaks & other American staples, with a kids' menu & full bar|
|Logan's Roadhouse||.6 miles||Down-to-earth chain offering American standards like burgers & ribs, plus signature cocktails|
|Calypso Cafe||.6 miles||Local chain serving light, Cuban-inspired dishes & beer in an island-themed setting|
|Firehouse Subs||.6 miles||Counter-serve sandwich chain offering made-to-order hot & cold subs, plus a variety of hot sauces|
|Baja Burrito||.6 miles||Mexican street food like tacos & burritos in a funky counter-service eatery with an outdoor deck|
|Vui's Kitchen||.6 miles||Vietnamese stop for pho, banh mi & noodle bowls, plus drinks, with indoor/outdoor seating.|
|Sam & Zoe's||.6 miles||Relaxed coffee spot serving locally roasted brews, homemade soups & fresh-daily breads.|
|Monells Cafe||.7 miles||Breakfast-to-dinner homestyle classics are the focus of this easygoing, cafeteria-style place|
|Sunflower Cafe||.7 miles||Homemade, locally sourced vegetarian dishes in a cozy setting with windows offering garden views|
|The Yellow Porch||.6 miles||American bistro fare gets an eclectic spin at this colorful cafe with a large covered patio|
|The Pfunky Griddle||.9 miles||Daytime cafe where guests can cook their own pancakes & dabble with a big selection of toppings|
|Fat Mo's||1.6 miles||Fast-food chain serving jumbo burgers & sandwiches, plus shakes & sides, in a low-key setting|
|The Sutler||1.7 miles||Storied late-night spot offering Southern fare, craft cocktails & live music in a rustic-chic space|
|Fenwick's 300||1.7 miles||Coffee shop with a robust breakfast and lunch menu|
|Sinema||1.7 miles||Set in historic Melrose theater, this over-the-top spot serves modern takes on American classics|
|Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant||1.8 miles||Simple, family-friendly local chain with a menu of Mexican classics, tequila & margaritas|
|B&C Melrose Barbeque||1.8 miles||BBQ meat & 3|
|ML Rose Craft Beer & Burgers||1.8 miles||Bustling eatery serving a variety of craft beers along with down-home burgers & sweet potato fries|
|Athens Family Restaurant||1.8 miles||Southern platters, Greek grub & breakfast served all day are the draws at this unfussy diner|
|Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish||2.1 miles||Local fast-food chain serving spicy chicken, plus ribs, fish & Southern sides, in a no-frills space|
|Cilantro Mexican Bar & Grill||2.1 miles||Mexican cuisine|
|The Smiling Elephant||2.3 miles||Snug, cottage setting for Thai specialties (including gluten-free options)|
|The Urban Juicer||2.3 miles||Juice Shop|
|8th & Roast||2.4 miles||Comfy cafe offering gourmet java, plus an interactive hand-pour bar in industrial-chic surrounds|
|Love Peace & Pho||2.4 miles||Vietnamese fare, from pho to banh mi to rice bowls, is provided in a modern, minimalist dining room|