Nashville Film Festival Announces New Executive Committee Ahead of Festival’s 50th Year
Thursday, August 30, 2018


Nashville, Tenn. — (August 30, 2018) — The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) board today announced the executive committee for the festival’s 50th anniversary year.  Jim Scherer, founder and president of artist management and music licensing company WHIZBANG, Inc., will serve as board president; Bob Raines, executive director of the Tennessee Entertainment Commission, will serve as board vice president; Natasha Corrieri, officer and commercial portfolio manager at ServisFirst Bank, will serve as board secretary, and Adrien Good, associate business manager at Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, will serve as board treasurer.

“The Nashville Film Festival has moved the hearts and expanded the minds of thousands of attendees for forty-nine years,” said Jim Scherer, Nashville Film Festival board president. “Our board has committed to making the 50th anniversary festival as vibrant and exciting as the city that hosts it.”

It was recently announced that the festival will move from its spring timeslot to October in 2019, which will position it for continued growth and enhance its ability to serve audiences, filmmakers and the industry. The 50th anniversary festival is expected to be its largest to date and will include new elements and events that will continue to deepen its reputation as one of Nashville’s leading cultural events.

“The festival continues to be one of our state’s premier events for content creators and film enthusiasts,” said Bob Raines, Nashville Film Festival board vice president. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to play a role in shaping this festival’s 50th year. It represents a historic moment in a long legacy that expands across our great state.”

In 2018, NashFilm received more than 6,100 films and 1,500 screenplays, doubling the number of entries in just five years. More than 300 films were screened at the festival with nearly 50% of the films of international origin.

Over 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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