2018 Summer Workshops

Get That Money & Get It Back!!
How to independently finance your film & find distribution after it’s complete

Sat, September 8th | 10:30 am – 3 pm | Location TBA

Includes boxed lunch & entry fee waiver to Film competition, which is emailed after conclusion of workshop.

Attend 'Get That Money'

Please join filmmaker Sabyn Mayfield for an in depth guide on how to independently finance your film, and how to get it distributed once complete. In the workshop we will cover the methods used by Sabyn to pitch projects for financing, produce and complete your project, and ultimately get it sold/distributed. In a world where making content is easier and more affordable than it’s ever been, please join us to discuss ensuring you project gets made and shared with the largest audience possible.

About the Presenter:

Photo of Sabyn Mayfield

Sabyn Mayfield had the unique privilege of growing up surrounded by some of the most visionary filmmakers of our generation. That exposure, at such an early age, ignited a passion for cinematic storytelling that Sabyn now utilizes to explore his own creative ingenuity within the entertainment industry.

Logging countless hours on all levels of production for such films as THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, SPRING BREAKERS, PALO ALTO, & AFTER; Sabyn now utilizes his rare combination of skills, talent, and knowledge of the filmmaking process as an award winning writer, director, and producer at his production imprint, “Stay Fly LLC”. Sabyn’s debut feature film, BOOMTOWN, starring: Tyler Riggs, Boyd Holbrook, Rachel Brosnahan, Jocelin Donahue, and Dwight Yoakam, was released worldwide by The Orchard in the fall of 2017. His sophomore effort, DROP CITY, starring: CJ Wallace, Eve, Ser’Darius Blain, and Boyd Holdboork, will begin shooting later this year.

How To Sell In Hollywood

Sat, September 29th | 10:30 am – 3 pm | at Trevecca University

Includes boxed lunch & entry fee waiver to Screenplay competition, which is emailed after conclusion of workshop.

Attend 'How to Sell'

In this workshop, you will learn from a working screenwriter (recent credits include an upcoming Amazon Prime series starring Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen from the creator of MASTER OF NONE, multiple Hallmark movies, and work on NBCUniversal pilots with an Emmy award-winning writer from 30 ROCK, PARKS AND RECREATION, SUPERSTORE) on how to find success in the increasingly competitive world of Hollywood entertainment. You’ll learn the mechanics of a tried-and-true formula for creating a successful pitch both on paper and in the room with studio executives. Have an idea that’s been simmering in your head? Learn how to turn it into a sell-able logline, pitch, and ultimately an engrossing script that will sell. Have a finished script you’d like to sell but don’t know how to do it? Learn how to get your foot in the door and what to do once you’re in the room. The workshop will be highly informative, offering specific tips and tricks, with a fun, informal vibe to allow for plenty of Q & A as well as group discussion so you may get your specific questions answered or get feedback on your elevator pitch for a scripted TV show or film. The workshop will last four hours with a lunch break mid-way through. All levels are welcome.

About the Presenter:

Ali Gusberg is a screenwriter in Los Angeles who most recently wrote on the upcoming Amazon Prime series Forever starring Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph, created by Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock writer Matt Hubbard and Master of None creator Alan Yang. She also sold a TV movie pitch to Hallmark and wrote the script for the upcoming movie and was subsequently hired to write a second movie for the network. She has broad production experience having written, directed, and starred in her short film Couple Friends. Additionally, she has worked on a number of pilots for NBCUniversal that were bought by Fox, NBC, and ABC.

Ali’s path to screenwriting was unconventional. She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science and went on to medical school at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, despite always wanting to be a writer. Once she got up the nerve to pursue writing in a real way, she quit medical school and worked as a copywriter for Ammirati, an advertising agency in New York City, where she wrote copy for brands that included Vitaminwater, Smartwater, and Pirate’s Booty, among others. While there, she honed her screenwriting craft and ultimately won a spec script writing contest for her 30 Rock spec script, which helped her land the coveted role of Matt Hubbard’s assistant through his overall deal at NBCUniversal. She’s since worked with notorious comedy show creators Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and Mike Schur on various shows. She understands the many facets of the TV and film business and the myriad ways of breaking in, and she’s always eager to provide guidance to anybody looking to get his foot in the door of this highly competitive, exciting industry.

Past Workshops Include:

Paul Harrill | “Microbudget Filmmaking”
August 2017 Workshop

Paul Harrill’s films have screened around the world at festivals, museums, and on television. SOMETHING, ANYTHING, Harrill’s microbudget debut feature, was named a New York Times Critics’ Pick and listed as one of the Top 25 Best First Features in IndieWire’s 2015 Year-End Critics’ Poll. Harrill’s other films include the shorts Gina, An Actress, & Age 29, which won the Grand Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival and Quick Feet, Soft Hands, a co-production with the Independent Television Service starring Greta Gerwig.

In 2005, Paul founded to champion personal, regional, and do-it-yourself cinema. His work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, IFP, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Aperture Film Grant, among others. Paul lives in Knoxville, where he is the Dee and Jimmy Haslam Professor of Art and Cinema Studies at The University of Tennessee.

Michael McCarthy | “Extreme TV Pilot Workshop”
August 2016 Workshop

Writing credits include SNL, Sesame Street, The Drew Carey Show, Mike & Molly, numerous projects for Comedy Central, and more than two dozen pilots. He currently teaches at iO Chicago and DePaul University, and his former students include Jon Favreau, Tina Fey, Brian Stack, Peter Murietta, Vanessa Bayer, Matt Walsh, Kay Cannon, Travis Bowe, Matt Kuhn, to name a few.


About NashFilm Summer Workshops

Every summer, the Nashville Film Festival is hosting workshops that bringing inspiring filmmakers, screenwriters, VR & 360 film creators and more to Nashville to show you ways to better your craft.

Unless otherwise stated, workshops are 4 hours long, and include a boxed lunch.  Also included in the price of admission is a entry fee waiver to the relevant NashFilm competition (relevant competition is stated in the workshop description), which will be emailed out after the conclusion of the session.