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2021 Competition Winners

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2021 Screenplay Competition Finalists

Nashville Film Festival is thrilled to announce the 2021 NashFilm Screenplay Competition Finalists.  Our amazing writers will soon find out who has taken the category prize when the Screenplay Awards Ceremony drops! There is already some exciting news for some of our finalists and their projects.  For full list of finalists, click here:

2021 Programming Announced!

NASHFILM ANNOUNCES 2021 FESTIVAL PROGRAM, OFFICIAL SELECTIONS AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS View our 2021 Printable Program Guide HERE. Embracing Deep Ties to Music, 52nd Festival to Open with Acclaimed Documentary Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) today announces its full film program, including special events, official selections and more for the 52nd…

2021 Screenplay Competition Semifinalists

Nashville Film Festival is proud to announce the 2021 NashFilm Screenplay Competition Semifinalists.  It was incredibly hard to narrow down from the quarterfinals, but the semifinalists scripts stand out for their originality and perspective. These writers have a lot to say and a voice that resonates with their audience.  For full list of winners, click...

2021 FEST NEWS UPDATE!

  52nd NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 EVENT, REIMAGINED TO CENTRALIZE CITY, CULTURE AND COMMUNITY  Festival returns to in-person screenings, events and panels at new venues in central Nashville, September 30 – October 6, 2021 Nashville, TN (July 14, 2021)  — The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) today announces plans for the organization’s 52nd annual event, a week-long…

2021 VIP BADGES – On Sale Now!

  Our expanded 2021 festival plan includes a full range of in-person screenings at venues throughout Nashville in addition to festival films, panels and Q&As securely online! The 52nd Nashville Film Festival extends our important goals to elevate and honor filmmakers, screenwriters, musicians and artists from around the world and here in Tennessee. This year’s…

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Explore the many benefits of becoming a NashFilm Member! NashFilm discovers, elevates, and honors filmmakers, screenwriters and music makers from Tennessee and around the world while engaging, connecting and strengthening the Nashville community. BECOME A MEMBER TODAY! NashFilm is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Church Street Movie Nights – This Summer

  Join us for Church Street Park Movie Nights – FREE! Fridays | June 4, June 18, and July 2 Doors at 7 pm, films start at sundown (just after 8pm). Church Street Park, 600 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219   Presented in partnership with the Nashville Film Festival, join us for three popular films…

2021 MOVIES IN THE PARK

  Celebrating our 27th season, Movies in the Park is recognized as one of Nashville’s best annual events! Brought to the city by the Nashville Scene, with support of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, Movies in the Park provides a fun-filled FREE event every Thursday evening of June, at Elmington Park. The festivities kick…

2021 NashFilm Fest Open for Entries: Film & Screenwriting

NashFilm’s 52nd Festival is now open for entries in all categories across film and screenwriting.  Enter today to take full advantage of early deadline discounts on entry fees. The Nashville Film Festival will take place from September 30 – October 6, 2021. For more information on the 2021 festival, visit HERE. For more information on…

NashFilm Music Program Showcase – Call for Entries

The 2021 Music Program Performance Showcase provides music artists the opportunity to submit their music for a chance to gain exposure to music industry executives by securing an exclusive performance spot during the 52nd Nashville Film Festival: Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2021.  ENTER HERE The NashFilm Music Program was launched more than a decade…

NashFilm Free Virtual Screening Invitation – March 25

  You’re invited to attend a complimentary advance virtual screening of BOOGIE! The virtual screening will take place on Thursday, March 25 at 7 PM CST.  From author of “Fresh Off The Boat,” chef and producer Eddie Huang comes his directorial debut, BOOGIE. The film follows a young Chinese-American basketball phenom who struggles to balance the expectations of his immigrant…

NashFilm Free Virtual Screening Invitation – Beginning March 24

  Join the Nashville Film Festival and the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville for a free virtual screening of Persona non Grata, a film celebrating the life of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who went against orders to save thousands of Jews on the eve of World War II. Before the screening, enjoy talks of…

2021 NashFilm Fest Open for Entries: Film & Screenwriting

NashFilm’s 52nd Festival is now open for entries in all categories across film and screenwriting.  Enter today to take full advantage of early deadline discounts on entry fees. The Nashville Film Festival will take place from September 30 – October 6, 2021. For more information on the 2021 festival, visit HERE. For more information on…

2020 NashFilm Screenwriting Competition Winners

NashFilm is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Screenwriting Competition winners: Genre Feature Apart Hunter Davis Hour Pilot One Rose Richa Rudola Half Hour Pilot Good Vibes Only Kyra Jones Drama Feature Blue Comedy Vincent Accettola TN Writer Salt, Water, Blood Jeremiah Reynolds Comedy Feature Not My Emergency Matthew Conlin Horror Feature In…

2020 NashFilm Audience Award Winners

Narrative Feature: COWBOYS Directed by Anna Kerrigan  In rural western Montana, a troubled but well-intentioned father tries to liberate his young transgender son by taking him to Canada. Documentary Feature: WILDFLOWER Directed by Matt Smukler  A high school senior has to choose between her dream of going to college, and a life at home, caring...

2020 NashFilm Winners: Film Competition

Best Narrative Feature: KUESSIPAN Directed by Myriam Verreault Two girls grow up as best friends in an Innu community. While Mikuan has a loving family, Shaniss is picking up the pieces of her shattered childhood. As children, they promised each other to stick together no matter what. But as they’re about to turn 17, their...

Chihuly in Film: When Art and Filmmaking Collide

Chihuly in Film: When Art and Filmmaking Collide @ 2020 NashFilm Creators Conference Saturday, October 3rd – 5:30 PM (CT) Hear from Leslie Chihuly and filmmaker Peter West at the 2020 Nashville Film Festival Creators Conference as they discuss the importance of art and film in an increasingly virtual world and explore Chihuly at Cheekwood….

NashFilm Announces 2020 Jury

Best Narrative Feature Amy Bertram Professor at Belmont University A Tennessee native, Amy is trilingual cinephile/bibliophile. She teaches Film Studies in the Motion Pictures department at Belmont University, serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Française of Nashville, and introduces films at the Belcourt Theatre. Andy Peterson Principal at Docs/ology  Andy Peterson is...

NashFilm Announces 2020 Screenwriting Competition Finalists

Nashville Film Festival proudly announces the 2020 Screenwriting Competition Finalists.  These finalists were selected from thousands of entries in 2020.  Winners will be announced during the 2020 Nashville Film Festival, Virtual Fest this October 1-7. The NashFilm Screenwriting Competition is also collaborating with Six-Page Scripts, a podcast that will feature some of this year's winning scripts. For...

NashFilm Announces Shorts Programs, Episodics, NextGen and VR Competition Programs

Da Yie The Nashville Film Festival announces its official program selections for its Shorts Programs, Episodics, NextGen and VR Competition Programs for the 51st edition of the festival, taking place virtually from October 1-7, 2020. Selections for the Shorts Programs, Episodics, NextGen and VR Competition Programs come from over 20 countries and cover diverse genres, including...

NashFilm Announces Graveyard Shift Features & Shorts Competition, Animated Features Competition, Spotlight: Japan, US Independents and World Cinema Programs; Selections Include “Holler,” “Inspector Ike,” “Sanzaru” and More

The Nashville Film Festival announces its official program selections for its Graveyard Shift Features & Shorts Competition, Animated Features Competition, Spotlight: Japan, US Independents and World Cinema Programs for the 51st edition of the festival, taking place virtually from October 1-7, 2020.  Selections for the Graveyard Shift Features competition include Danni and the Vampire, President…

NashFilm Festival Announces Narrative Features, New Director Features and Documentary Features Competitions

The Nashville Film Festival announces its official program selections for its Narrative Features, New Director Features and Documentary Features Competition programs for the 51st edition of the festival, taking place virtually from October 1-7, 2020.  Selections for the Narrative Features competition include A Perfectly Normal Family, Contactado, Cowboys, Electric Jesus, Kuessipan, Materna, Minyan, One of…

NashFilm Announces 2020 Screenwriting Competition Semifinalists

Nashville Film Festival proudly announces the 2020 Screenwriting Competition Semifinalists.  These qualifiers were selected from thousands of entries in 2020.  Winners will be announced during the 2020 Nashville Film Festival, Virtual Fest this October 1-7. For more information on the festival and VIP Virtual Badges, visit: 2020 NashFilm Virtual Fest Congratulations to the following 2020 Semifinalists: 2020 Screenplay…

NashFilm Announces Music City/Music Documentaries and Tennessee Features/Tennessee Shorts Competitions

Nashville Film Festival announces its official program selections for its Music City/Music Documentaries and Tennessee Features/Tennessee Shorts Competition Programs for the 51st edition of the festival, taking place virtually from October 1-7, 2020.  Selections for the Music City/Music Documentaries competition include: After So Many Days, Can You Hear My Voice?; Elvira: The True Story of…

NashFilm Screenplay Competition Quarterfinalists Announced

The Nashville Film Festival proudly announces the 2020 Screenwriting Competition Quarterfinalists.  These qualifiers were selected from thousands of entries in 2020.  Winners will be announced during the 2020 Nashville Film Festival, Virtual Fest this October 1-7. For more information on the festival and VIP Virtual Badges, visit: 2020 NashFilm Virtual Fest Congratulations to the following…

NashFilm Announces 2020 Virtual Fest

  Nashville Film Festival announces plans to shift to a virtual model for this year’s event, which will take place from October 1-7, 2020. This year’s festival will be the most accessible version to audiences yet, and both filmmakers and film lovers will be given unique opportunities to connect and enjoy digital screenings, panels, filmmaker…

NashFilm Virtual Cinema Presents: Flannery

  Nashville Film Festival announces the next installment of NashFilm Virtual Cinema, a curated series of online film presentations with “Flannery, The Stories Life of the Writer from Georgia,” beginning Friday, July 17.  Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress / Lavine / Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery is the lyrical, intimate exploration of…

NashFilm Announces 2020 Virtual Fest

  Nashville Film Festival announces plans to shift to a virtual model for this year’s event, which will take place from October 1-7, 2020. This year’s festival will be the most accessible version to audiences yet, and both filmmakers and film lovers will be given unique opportunities to connect and enjoy digital screenings, panels, filmmaker…

Support NashFilm

    As a member of Nashville Film Festival, you are helping discover, advance and honor Tennessee filmmakers and music-makers for films while strengthening the Nashville Community. Joining Nashville Film Festival membership also enables us to bring the top independent films from around the world to Nashville. The creative community of filmmakers, screenwriters and musicians…

NashFilm Presents My Darling Vivian

NASHFILM VIRTUAL CINEMA – NOW SHOWING MY DARLING VIVIAN  This “fascinating” (Variety), “deeply affecting” (The Hollywood Reporter), and “thoroughly engrossing” (Rolling Stone) new film traces the romantic and dizzying journey of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash’s first wife and the mother of his four daughters. Features exclusive never-before-seen footage and photographs. Available for rental now. Your purchase…

NashFilm Presents Tommaso + Q&As

Nashville Film Festival presents TOMMASO available online beginning Friday, 6/5 for a five-day rental. Tickets are $12.  Partial proceeds from this screening will benefit the Nashville Film Festival.  GET TICKETS Also, Q&As with Willem Dafoe and Abel Ferrara: Q&A with Willem Dafoe, hosted by the Coolidge Corner Theatre Dafoe Q&A Q&A with Abel Ferrara moderated…

Support NashFilm

    As a member of Nashville Film Festival, you are helping discover, advance and honor Tennessee filmmakers and music-makers for films while strengthening the Nashville Community. Joining Nashville Film Festival membership also enables us to bring the top independent films from around the world to Nashville. The creative community of filmmakers, screenwriters and musicians…

NashFilm Honored by MovieMaker Magazine

  NashFilm Named “50 Best” Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine The Nashville Film Festival has been named among the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2020” by MovieMaker magazine. Editors evaluated hundreds of film festivals based on a broad mix of criteria (focused on benefits to filmmakers) including high-quality networking opportunities, social activities, pitch sessions, competitions and…

NEW TN SHORT FILM “DISTANCE”

A new short film from Tennessee-based Evolve Studio reveals an incredible story for our current cultural moment. ‘DISTANCE’, an original film about COVID-19, reminds us that the thing keeping us apart, could also bring us together. #sharehope #distancefilm OFFICIAL TRAILER: OFFICIAL SHORT FILM: www.youtube.com/evolvestudios  

SUPPORT FILM FESTIVAL DAY-APRIL 11

  SUPPORT NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL during Film Festival Day, Saturday, April 11.  In partnership with Film Festival Alliance, from anywhere in the U.S. & Canada: BUY A TICKET. WATCH AT HOME. SUPPORT A FILM FESTIVAL. “Phoenix, Oregon” which was slated to be in theaters March 20, is available to watch from home. From anywhere in…

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL 2020

Dear Friends of NashFilm —  On behalf of everyone at Nashville Film Festival, I want to share our concern for all people so deeply affected by the current global health crisis. Like everyone, we are doing our part to protect each other and our loved ones in an effort to quickly curb the impact in…

2020 VIP BADGES ON SALE!

The 51st Nashville Film Festival VIP Badges are now on sale!  Enjoy an early bird discount of up to 30% off before May 3.  The 2020 edition of the Nashville Film Festival will take place Oct. 1 – 7, 2020 with film screenings and panels at Regal Hollywood Theaters at 100 Oaks and parties, receptions…

NashFilm 2020 Screenwriting Competition – Open for Entries

NashFilm’s 2020 Screenwriting Competition is now open for entries.  Earlybird deadline is March 27. Now entering it’s 7th year, the Screenwriting Competition is an important part of the Nashville Film Festival and an opportunity for talented screenwriters to showcase their work and network with other filmmakers, industry executives and other accomplished writers. Enter here:  …

Announcing OPERA NOIR filmfest!

Nashville Opera and Nashville Film Festival are pleased to announce the first ever OPERA NOIR filmfest.  Tennessee’s most innovative filmmakers are invited to create short black-and-white films inspired by John Hoomes’ new noir staging of Verdi’s RIGOLETTO.  The winning film will be showcased as part of Nashville Opera’s RIGOLETTO at TPAC Jackson Hall, April 9…

Nashville Film Festival 2020 – Call for Entries

  The 2020 Nashville Film Festival will be officially open for entries beginning January 3, 2020. Competitions will include categories if film, VR/360 and screenwriting.

A Look Back at NashFilm’s 2019 Fest

Nashville Film Festival 2019 In Review —  The Nashville Film Festival’s 50th festival kicked off on Oct. 3, 2019 and hosted world premieres, celebrities, and some of the most talented filmmakers in the industry. “The 2019 Nashville Film Festival delivered on the promise of showcasing the very best in film, music and culture this year,”…

2019 Grand Jury Film Winners Announced

Nashville Film Festival Reveals 2019 Film Grand Jury Prize Winners Nashville Film Festival is proud to announce the list of Grand Jury Prize Winners for 2019. The Nashville Film Festival, which kicked off on Oct. 3 and runs through Oct. 12 has hosted world premieres, celebrities, and some of the most talented filmmakers in the industry…

NashFilm Creators Conference – HBO Panel

The Nashville Film Festival’s Creators Conference (Oct. 4-5, 2019) was highlighted by a keynote panel with HBO’s Len Amato and Evyen J. Klean, with key insights into how ideas are chosen by the network giant and brought to life. The perspectives of HBO’s President of Film, Miniseries and Cinemax Programming Len Amato and Emmy winning…

NashFilm App

NashFilm Official App The official Nashville Film Festival App is available now in the Apple and Android stores.  The app is FREE and provides you with a fully interactive experience to build your schedule, buy tickets, follow the social activities of the fest and more. Download on your Apple App or Android store today!