Announcing: Winners of the Short Film Division
Monday, April 21, 2014 - Nashville, TN

TN Shorts will be announced at the TN Horizon Awards

The Nashville Film Festival today announced the winners of the Short Film Division of the NaFF 2014 Film Festival. The top six short films by Tennessee filmmakers were also announced; winners will be announced at the TN Horizon Awards, April 23, 6 PM at NaFF’s downtown location at Walk of Fame Park.

“We had more short films entered in our festival this year, than ever before, said NaFF Artistic Director, Brian Owens. “Word has gotten around to filmmakers that NaFF is THE festival to enter because winners in the short documentary, narrative and animation competitions are automatically given Academy Award consideration. As an Academy Award Qualifying festival, several of NaFF films have gone on to earn nominations, including: Academy Award-winner Shawn Christensen for Curfew, Sean Durkin for Mary Last Seen, Jamie Travis for The Armoire, and Denis Villeneuve for Next Floor. Recent NaFF selections that went on to Oscar nominations include: Buzkashi Boys, Kavi, Miracle Fish, The Pig, Instead of Abracadbra, and West Bank Story.

Narrative Shorts
Grand Jury Prize: Rhino Full Throttle – Erik Schmitt
Honorable Mention: Afronauts – Frances Bodomo
Honorable Mention: I’m a Mitzvah – Ben Berman

Documentary Shorts
Grand Jury Prize: The Last Days of Peter Bergmann – Ciaran Cassidy
Honorable Mention: Love. Love. Love. – Sandhya Daisy Sundaram

Animation Shorts
Grand Jury Prize: Rabbit and Deer – Peter Vacz
Honorable Mention: Yearbook – Bernardo Britto

Special Jury Prize for Acting
Ed Oxenbould: The Amber Amulet & All God’s Creatures

Women In Film & TV
Helpless – Christene Hurley

Student Shorts
Grand Jury Prize: Pink Helmet Posse – Kristelle Laroche, Benjamin Mullincosson
Honorable Mention: Into the Silent Sea – Andrej Landin

Young Filmmaker
Overflow – Ruby Drake

The TN Shorts Finalists are:
Bear With Me – Chad McClarnon
Elvis Loses His Excess… – Riley Hooper
Lower Broads – Drew Langer
Shadowland – Steven Wesley Miller
Sorry About Tomorrow – Motke Dapp
Straight Up: Tennessee Whiskey – Eric Byford

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About the Nashville Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), April 17 – 26, presented by Nissan, brings the world to Nashville in an extended 10-day celebration of film. NaFF is in two locations for the first time: Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 with 200 competition films, educational presentations and parties, and downtown at Nissan Multicultural Village, Walk of Fame Park with free outdoor films nightly and Happy Hour Shorts at Festival Pub. NaFF is a public festival attended by filmmakers and industry insiders and an Academy Award Qualifying Event for short films. In addition to Nissan, NaFF is sponsored by Comcast/Xfinity, Cabedge Design, Regal Entertainment Group, Southwest Airlines, Tennessee Arts Commission and Metro Arts of Nashville. The Festival annually garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine, Film Festival Today, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine.