About

Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country and one of the most acclaimed festivals in the South. Hosted at the state-of-the-art Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 in Nashville, Tennessee, NaFF attracts enthusiastic film lovers from all across the country and has been praised by filmgoers and filmmakers alike for its unique combination of big city film festival atmosphere and laid back Southern hospitality. With over 200 films from 40+ countries, industry panels, music showcases, and parties every night.

Awards

  • Nashville Film Festival offers nearly $85 000 in cash and prizes for filmmakers and screenwriters with winners selected by industry power players - including studio representatives, producers and filmmakers.
  • The winning short films in the Narrative, Animated and Documentary Short Film Competitions are eligible for Academy Award® consideration without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Rules

  • Films that have shown theatrically or been broadcast on television in Nashville prior to the Festival or are available for sale on DVD or VOD are not eligible for consideration;
  • On Feature Film Entries, we require a Tennessee Premiere. However, films that will make their North American or World Premieres with us are given first consideration – and receive a $1,000 bonus in their award, should they win a prize at the festival. For short films, we are generally not concerned about premiere status.
  • Entries must not have been publicly shown before January 1, 2018.
  • Works in progress are accepted if submitting close to final deadline.
  • Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer. Short films are under 40 minutes in length.

Submit with Filmfestivallife, Withoutabox or Filmfreeway.

Shipping - The cost of shipping an incoming print to the festival must be paid by the ENTRANT or a previous festival. NaFF will pay outgoing shipping to return the print to the entrant or to another festival destination. 

Selection Media Type: Vimeo or YouTube link, DVD or BluRay

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

Regional premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

  • Brian Owens (Artistic Director);
  • Ted Crockett (Administration).

Documents

Place

United States
Nashville

Official website

nashvillefilmfestival.org

Contacts

Address:

161 Rains Ave.
Nashville TN 37203
U S A

Phone: 615-742-2500
Fax: 615 649-0001

Email: info@nashfilm.org

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    July 23, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline
    September 30, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    February 28, 2019
  • Late Deadline
    April 30, 2019
  • Extended Deadline
    May 31, 2019
  • Notifications
    June 28, 2019
  • Event dates
    3 — 12 October 2019
Categories & Fees

Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $55
  • Regular Deadline — $65
  • Late Deadline — $80
  • Extended Deadline — $90

International competition for Live Action narrative films under 40 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

International competition for Animated films under 40 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $55
  • Regular Deadline — $65
  • Late Deadline — $80
  • Extended Deadline — $90

Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer. First time feature filmmakers will be selected.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $55
  • Regular Deadline — $65
  • Late Deadline — $80
  • Extended Deadline — $90

Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer. Horror, sci-fi, action and films that are generally over-the-top, shocking and strange.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $55
  • Regular Deadline — $65
  • Late Deadline — $80
  • Extended Deadline — $90

International competition for experimental non-narrative films under 40 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

International competition for Live Action horror, sci-fi, shocking and otherwise offensive, over-the-top films under 40 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

International competition for Animated films under 40 minutes in length. To qualify for this category a minimum of 75% of the film's running time must be animated.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $55
  • Regular Deadline — $75
  • Late Deadline — $80
  • Extended Deadline — $90

Feature films (over 40 minutes) that meet two of the three following criteria: 1 - The Director is a Tennessee Resident 2 - The Producer or Screenwriter is a Tennessee Resident 3 - At least 65% of the film is shot in Tennessee.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Late Deadline — $60
  • Extended Deadline — $70

International competition for non-fiction films under 40 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $55
  • Regular Deadline — $65
  • Late Deadline — $80
  • Extended Deadline — $90

A competition for narrative, non-fiction and animated films under 40 minutes in length that meet at least two of the three following criteria. 1 - The Director is a Tennessee Resident 2 - The Producer or Screenwriter is a Tennessee Resident 3 - At least 65% of the film is shot in Tennessee. Selected films are also eligible in their overall category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55

PROOF OF STUDENT STATUS REQUIRED. International competition for college student narrative, non-fiction and animated films under 40 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55

A competition for narrative, non-fiction and animated student films under 40 minutes in length that meet at least two of the three following criteria. 1 - The Director is a Tennessee Resident 2 - The Producer or Screenwriter is a Tennessee Resident 3 - At least 65% of the film is shot in Tennessee. Selected films will also be eligible in their overall category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55

An international competition for narrative, non-fiction and animated films under 40 minutes in length created by filmmakers aged 18 and under. PROOF OF AGE IS REQUIRED.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $55

A competition for material created for any medium including television, streaming and internet. The maximum runtime of the submission is 60 minutes AND a maximum of three episodes may be submitted. If accepted, at least one episode MUST be a premier (not published or aired).

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

A competition for material created for any medium including television, streaming and internet. The maximum runtime of the submission is 180 minutes AND a maximum of three episodes may be submitted. Materials should not have been published or aired prior to January 1, 2019 and should be currently airing and/or in production.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75

One of the first film festival VR-AR competitions, accepting entries from all across the globe for 360 film, VR experiences, and more

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $65
  • Extended Deadline — $75
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