Nashville Film Festival Announces Move to Fall in Anticipation of its 50th Year, Opens 2019 Call for Entries
Monday, July 30, 2018

Nashville, Tenn.(July 30, 2018) — The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) today announced new dates for its 50th anniversary festival, which will take place from October 3-12, 2019. Traditionally held during the spring, the move to October will position it for continued growth and enhance its ability to serve audiences, filmmakers and the industry.

“As the Nashville Film Festival celebrates fifty years of engaging viewers with films of all kinds, we are excited to announce the festival’s move to a new time of year,” said Jim Scherer, Nashville Film Festival board president. “Not only is October the most beautiful time of year to visit Tennessee, the calendar move increases the opportunity for attendees to be the first to see what will be the year’s most talked about films at one of Nashville’s premier cultural events.”

NashFilm also announced the opening of the 2019 call for entries to films, screenplays and original songs. NashFilm offers over $85,000 in cash and prizes in dozens of categories across the three major competitions.

In 2018, NashFilm received more than 6,100 films and 1,500 screenplays, doubling the number of entries in just five years. At the festival, more than 300 films were screened with nearly 50% of the films of international origin. Film and VR entries for the 2019 festival will close on May 31, 2019, and screenplay entries will close on May 30, 2019.

In the last six years, the Nashville Film Festival has seen an increase in attendance of 45%, an increase in entries of 213% and an increase in revenue of 64%. The festival has also added a Screenwriting Competition, for which it received the Frist Foundation Revenue Development Award) and a pitch competition for filmmakers, screenwriters and book authors to pitch their ideas to agents, film buyers and distributors.

In October 2019, the Nashville Film Festival will celebrate its 50th annual event with 10 days of can’t miss film premieres, red carpet events and informational panels featuring industry leaders. The Festival, which was voted one of “50 Film Festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine, highlighted as One of the Best Film Festival Prizes by Film Festival Today and named by Brooks Institute as one of the top 5 film festivals in the U.S., presents the best in World Cinema, American indies, documentaries, and numerous short form programs by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. With Oscar Award qualifying status and numerous well-attended shorts programs, the Nashville Film Festival has screened many prize-winning narrative and animated shorts including 13 Assassins, (500) Days of Summer, Cyrus and Academy Award nominees, I Am Love, Ajami, and Dogtooth. Celebrity honorees and participants have included Oprah Winfrey, Steven Tyler, Susan Sarandon, William Shatner, William H. Macy, Al Gore, Nicole Kidman, Danny Glover, Vincent D’Onofrio and many more. Additional information on the festival can be found at

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