Welcome to the Nashville Film Festival "Insights" blog. I'm Brian Owens, Artistic Director and each year it's part of my job to review -- with my jury -- the 3,000 entries for our historic festival. This year, we grew to unprecedented numbers -- with 26,000 ticket holders and more than 200 films in 8 days at the Regal Green Hills Cinema in Nashville Tennessee. Part of the reason for our success is the quality of films we are able to attract. NaFF is an Academy Award Qualifying Event -- meaning our winning films in the shorts category, go on to for automatic consideration for an Oscar.
Follow me and I'll let you in on the films that are catching my interest and the interest of other artistic directors across the country as we review entries from all over the world. What films, directors, and new actors are we paying attention to? What musicians and creators of film scores are starting to gain notice? I'll write about these films and let you know why they're getting attention.
Here's to all the filmmakers for 2013!