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  • Nashville, United States April 2014, TBA
  • Call for Entry Deadline: January 2014, TBA
  • Festival Data:
    • Established: 1969
    • Attendance: 22129
    • Media Attendance: 54
    • Accredited Industry Attendance: 250
    • Total Number of Films Submitted: 1700
    • Total Number of Films Screened: 235
    • Total Screenings: 120
    • # of Shorts Screened: 189
    • # of Features Screened: 46
    • Competitive
    • Retrospective
    • Students Section
    • Has Panels
    • Workshops
  • Festival Website:
    http:/ / www.nashvillefilmfestival.org/
  • Festival Description:

    Founded in 1969 as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration and one of the longest-running film festivals in the country, NaFF is rapidly becoming the best-known arts event in Tennessee and is the biggest, most international film festival in the mid-South.

    Each year, NaFF receives submissions of over 1700 features, documentaries, shorts, animated works, and children's and experimental films from all over the world. After prescreening and deliberating, over 200 top entries from all genres are selected for the competition and shown on four state-of-the-art screens throughout the event.

    MUSIC FILMS IN MUSIC CITY- Because it takes place in "Music City," it is only natural that part of the focus be on music in films. Some of the most memorable songs in films have been written and performed by Nashville's songwriters and artists. In addition to the many films about music and the Music Films in Music City awards, NaFF presents showcases, workshops, and other events where these songwriters and artists come together with film professionals from Hollywood and around the world to promote collaboration.

    DISTINCTIVE AWARDS- In conjunction with the First Amendment Center, NaFF gives the prestigious Freedom in Film Award to an individual who has personally and through his/her work in film exemplified the spirit of the First Amendment. Past honorees have included Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Harry Belafonte and independent filmmaker Charles Burnett. Maverick independent film producer Christine Vachon was the most recent recipient.

    Film Categories include:

    • Feature

    • Documentary Feature

    Entries under 40 minutes:

    • Documentary Short

    • Short Narrative

    • Animation

    • Experimental

    • Young Filmmaker (18 and under)

  • Film Submissions:
  • Email:info(at)nashvillefilmfestival.org
    Phone:(1) 615 742 2500
    Fax:(1) 615 742 1004
    Mailing Address: PO Box 24330
    Nashville, Tennessee 37202
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  • Nashville Film Festival / Regal Cinemas Dreammaker Award: Enrique Begne, "Two Embraces."

    Honorable Mention: David Pomes, "Cook County."

    Best Documentary Feature (Sponsored By Ground Zero): Peter Entell, "Shake The Devil Off."

    Honorable Mention: Lisa Merton & Alan Dater, "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai.

    Audience Award For Best Narrative Feature (Sponsored By Curb Records): David Pomes, "Cook County."

    Audience Award For Best Documentary Feature (Sponsored By The Documentary Channel): Barry Simmons, "Sons Of Lwala."

    2008 Nashville Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award: Patricia Neal.

    President's Award: Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

    Governor's Award: William H. Macy.

    Reel Current Award (Presented By Al Gore): Michael O'Connell, "Mountain Top Removal."

    NPT Human Spirit Award (Sponsored By Nashville Public Television): Barry Simmons, "Sons of Lwala."

    Best LGBT Film Award (Sponsored By Logo TV): Tie, Tom Gustafson, "Were The World Mine" And Sophie Gregg, "The Manual."

    Women In Film & Television Award For Best Film Directed By A Woman (Sponsored By Women In Film & Television Nashville Chapter): Lisa Merton, "Taking Root: The Vision Of Wangari Maathai.

    Rosetta Miller Perry Award for the Best Film By A Black Filmmaker (Sponsored By The Tennessee Tribune): Elvis Mitchell, "The Black List"

    Lonely Seal Releasing Feature Film Award: Paul Leuer, "Eden Court."

    Best Cinematography in a Feature Film (Sponsored By AC, Inc.): David Morrison, "Tracing Cowboys."

    Tennessee Independent Spirit Award for the Best Feature-Length Film Directed By a Tennessee Resident (Sponsored By The Tennessee Film, Music And Entertainment Commission): Barry Simmons, "Sons Of Lwala."

    Tennessee Independent Spirit Award for the Best Short-Form Directed By a Tennessee Resident (Sponsored By The Tennessee Film, Music And Entertainment Commission): Drew Langer, "Blindsided."

    Honorable Mention: Rachel Lawson, John Edgerton, Terrie Lawrence, “A Child Shall Lead Them.”

    Best Music In A Narrative Feature Film (Sponsored By Naxos of America): Jessica Fogle, Cory James Krueckeberg and Tim Sandusky, “Were the World Mine.”

    Impact of Music Award: Stephen Walker, "Young@Heart"

    Honorable Mention: Denny Tedesco, "The Wrecking Crew."

    Honorable Mention: Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden, "Anita O'Day: The Life A Jazz Singer."

    Best Documentary Short (Sponsored By Ground Zero): Daniel Robin, "my olympic summer."

    Honorable Mention: Tim O'Hara, "Swim For Life."

    Best Narrative Short: Spencer Susser, "I Love Sarah Jane."

    Honorable Mention: Brett Wagner, "Chief."

    Honorable Mention: Nash Edgerton, "Spider."

    Golden Opportunity Award For Best College Student Short (Sponsored By Vanderbilt University): Wyatt Garfield & Ed Yonaitis "The Execution Of Solomon Harris."

    Honorable Mention: Daniel Robin, "my olympic summer."

    Honorable Mention: Sam Goetz, "Bruno."

    Best Animated Short: Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowksi, "Madame Tutli-Putli."

    Honorable Mention: Josh Raskin, "I Met the Walrus."

    Best Experimental Short: Olivo Barbieri, "Sevilla --> ∞ 06."

    Young Filmmaker Scholarship Award (Sponsored By Watkins College of Art & Design/Film School): Joseph Procopio, "Western Spaghetti."

    Honorable Mention: Roman Dent, "South Africa: From the City, To the Slum, To the Savannah."

    Honorable Mention: Ben Clark, Victoria Whitaker, Chris McKie, Andrew Arwood and Andy Fannon, "A Love Story...Kind Of...Well...Not Really."
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