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Announcing NaFF's 45th Anniversary
Thursday, October 3, 2013
45th ANNIVERSARY – April 17-26, 2014
Extended Dates – 10-Day Festival to Cover Two Weekends
Expanded Events – Regal Cinemas Green Hills and Downtown Nashville Extravaganza
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) announces the dates for the 45th Anniversary Nashville Film Festival, scheduled over an extended 10-day period from Thursday, April 17 to Saturday April 26, 2014. For the first time in its history, NaFF will occur over two fun, film-filled weekends with its traditional movie line-up screened at its home base at Regal Cinemas Green Hills and an expanded number of cinematic and live music events happening throughout Downtown Nashville, including the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“2014 promises to be a ground-breaking year for the Nashville Film Festival,” states NaFF Executive Director Ted Crockett. “From expanding our dates to presenting events in multiple venues throughout Music City, these changes will lift NaFF into the top tier of 1,500 U.S. film festivals with programs and attendance rivaling Sundance, Toronto, and Seattle Film Festivals.”
The Nashville Film Festival began in 1969, and since its inception, nearly 35,000 filmmakers from around the world have submitted films. Last year, more than 3,000 films from 110 countries were submitted. The annual event attracts nearly 100,000 attendees that enjoy 250 festival events, including film screenings, workshops, music-supervisor showcases, and VIP Red Carpet extravaganzas. High-profile actors and actresses have connections to the city and many reside in Nashville, consistently attending NaFF, including past attendees Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, William Shatner, Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, plus many more. “We’re very excited to celebrate the Nashville Film Festival’s long 45-year history as we move forward in innovative directions. This next year will offer even more diverse ways to experience the best of today’s independent films and encounter top filmmakers during the festival and events presented throughout the year.” remarks NaFF Artistic Director Brian Owens.
Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), April 17 – 26, 2014, presented by Nissan North America, brings the world to Nashville in a 10-day celebration of film. Attended by filmmakers and industry insiders, and open to the public, NaFF screens more than 200 films from nearly 50 countries. NaFF celebrates the diversity of the human voice and vision by curating program segments to include Latino, Black, GLBT, and Jewish films. Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, it is one of the oldest (45-years) film festivals in the U.S. As an Academy Award Qualifying Event, NaFF draws filmmakers and celebrity guests and the Festival annually garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine.
New Screenwriting Competition with Over $55,000 in Cash and Prizes
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Download Release.Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the creation of the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition with over $55,000 in cash and prizes. The competition opens October 1st closes January 31st with the Official Award Ceremony at the 45th Annual Nashville Film Festival, April 17 – 26th in downtown Nashville.
Cash prizes will be awarded for winners of feature and short screenplays in 13 categories including drama, comedy, music inspired, action/adventure, family, inspirational, animated, historical, science fiction, thriller/horror, and Tennessee. A separate competition will be held for teleplays in drama pilot and comedy pilot categories. Young screenwriters, under 19 years, are encouraged to enter the Young Screenwriting Short Screenplay Competition.
In addition to cash, winning scripts will be read by celebrated industry executives and studios. Already signed on to read the winners are: Tom Pollock, President of the Montecito Picture Company, and former Chair of Universal Pictures Motion Picture Group and Vice Chair of MCA, Inc. (Star Wars, Schindler’s List); Blossom Films, Nicole Kidman’s Academy-Award nominated production company (Rabbit Hole, In the Cut, Monte Carlo); noted casting director, Laray Mayfield (House of Cards, Benjamin Button); famed limit-breaking director/producer Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers); and Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films, the faith/family and inspirational label of Sony Picture Entertainment (Soul Surfer and Courageous).
Finalists and semi-finalists will win NaFF Silver Laminates, giving them all-festival access, with $5 film tickets, to NaFF’s 250+ film screenings, VIP tent, and special events.
“We are thrilled to announce this competition,” said Ted Crockett, executive director of the Nashville Film Festival. “This is a major competition that will draw entries from all over the world. We are especially proud that we will be able to help emerging screenwriters get the recognition they deserve. As Silver laminate holders they’ll be able to steep themselves in the NaFF experience – meeting filmmakers, producers and professionals from around the world in the VIP Tent. Also, many winning scripts will be read by some of the world’s most celebrated studios and executives.”
More: Cash awards to winners: Feature Drama $1,000; Feature Comedy $1,000; Feature Action/Adventure $500; Feature Thriller/Horror $500; Feature Family Film $250; Feature Inspirational Film $250; Feature Animated Film $250; Feature Science Fiction $250, Feature Historical Film $250; Feature Music-Inspired $250; Short Drama $250; Short Comedy $250; Short Action/Adventure $250; Short Thriller/Horror $250; Short Family Film $250; Short Inspirational Film $250; Short Animated Film $250; Short Science Fiction $250; Short Historical Film $250; Short Music-Inspired $250; TV Drama Pilot $250; TV Comedy Pilot $250; Young Screenwriters $250; Tennessee Feature Screenplay $500; Tennessee Short Screenplay $250. NaFF names a winner and runner-up in each category. Winners receive cash awards. Runners-up win an exclusive certificate award printed at Hatch Show Print. Semifinalists win a NaFF Silver Laminate, valued at $250. Finalists win two NaFF Silver Laminates worth $500.
Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), April 17 – 26, 2014, presented by Nissan, brings the world to Nashville in a 10-day celebration of film. In 2014, NaFF celebrates its 45th Anniversary and expands downtown to the Nissan Festival Village at Walk of Fame Park with free films for the public, food, music and carnival entertainment. NaFF is attended by nearly 30,000 filmmakers, actors, and film fans who attend more than 250 films from 50 countries, in addition to red carpets, parties, and workshops. A Nashville institution, it celebrates the diversity of the human voice and vision with special programming for Latino, Black, GLBT, families, and Jewish film fans. Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, it is one of the oldest and largest film festivals in the U.S. As an Academy Award Qualifying Event, NaFF draws filmmakers and celebrity guests to its red carpet at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. The Festival annually garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine, Film Festival Today, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine.
Nashville Film Festival 2013 Winners Announced
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Nashville, TN-- The Nashville Film Festival is coming to a close, and tonight the winners were announced at the Greenhouse Bar awards ceremony. Artistic Director Brian Owens presented the awards. Taking the big prizes, with two awards each, were Breakfast with Curtis, directed by Laura Colella, This is Martin Bonner, directed by Chad Hardigan, and Nairobi Half Life, directed by David “Tosh” Gitonga. The winner of the Bridgestone Narrative Competition was the opening Kurdish film If You Die, I Will Kill You, directed by Hiner Saleem.Full Press Release
Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. Wins the 2013 Beacon Award from the Nashville Film Festival
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) tonight, named Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. the first winner of the 2013 Nashville Film Festival Beacon Award. The award was presented by NaFF executive director, Ted Crockett, at the Sneak Peak screening of the Bureau’s new documentary film, “For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville.” Full Press Release
NaFF Tickets Now On Sale!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), scheduled April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Cinema,now has tickets available for purchase. This year the festival features over 250 films from nearly 50 countries ranging in categories from Narrative Feature, Documentary, Short Films, Music City, New Director, Special Presentations, Graveyard Shift, Tennessee First, World Cinema, and for the first time, a special Kurdish category has been added as part of the mini 3-day Celebration of Kurdish Film. Full Press Release
NaFF Women-Centric Films
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the women-centric films to be screened at the 44th annual Festival, scheduled April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Cinema. These films are either directed by women or feature a strong female lead. They tell stories of women seeking independence, love, happiness, and rebellion. Full Press Release and Photos
Southern-themed Films at NaFF
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the Southern-themed films to be screened at the 44th annual Festival, scheduled April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Cinema. These films are just a few of over a dozen Southern films at this year’s Festival. They tell stories of iconic music cities, singer-songwriters, and the nobodies that become legends through passion and circumstance. Full Press Release and Photos
Kid-Friendly Film Selection
Friday, April 5, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the kid-friendly films to be screened at the 44th annual Festival, scheduled April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Cinema. These films have been deemed appropriate for all ages, and feature both national and international selections. The whole family can experience the joy of film this year at NaFF because there’s “something for everyone”. Full Press Release and Photos
Announcing Complete Short Film Lineup
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the complete line-up for Short Films in Competition to be screened at the 44th annual Festival, scheduled April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Cinema. The Festival features short films from 35 countries, in categories ranging from narrative, experimental, animated, young filmmakers, and Tennessee shorts. Full Press Release and Photos
Announcing Retrospective and Graveyard Shift Lineups
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the Retrospective and Graveyard Shift line-ups for the 44th annual Festival, scheduled April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Cinema. The selected Retrospectives range from years 1923 to 2009, and include a 90th anniversary screening of the 1923 silent comedy Safety Last!. For its own Graveyard Shift late-night cult-movie program, NaFF includes the movie that swept the Texas fest's horror prizes last fall, Here Comes the Devil, along with Golden Lion award winner Pieta, among the lineup. Full Press Release and Photos
Announcing Tennessee First Lineup
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the film line-up for Tennessee First to be screened at the 44th annual Festival, scheduled April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Cinema. These films were all made by, about, and for the people of Tennessee. From quiet memories, to nights shattered by violence, these varied stories will take you on a wild ride from the Mississippi to the Appalachians. Full Press Release and Photos
Announcing Kurdish Film Lineup
Monday, March 25, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the Kurdish film line-up for the 44th annual Festival, scheduled April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Cinema. NaFF, in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will screen the 15 Kurdish films during a three day Celebration of Kurdish Films on April 19, 20, and 21, and will offer a reception for dignitaries, opening and closing night parties, plus master classes and panel discussions for filmmakers led by members of the Academy’s International Outreach Committee. The events, which are open to the public, will be heavily attended by Nashville’s large Kurdish population. Kurdish Film Lineup Release Kurdish Film Stills
NaFF Announces Full Competition Features Lineup and Special Presentations
Friday, March 22, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the full line-up of feature films in competition and special presentations films for the 44th annual Festival, April 18-25. One of the oldest and largest film festivals in the U.S., NaFF will screen more than 200 films. This year, submissions topped 3,004, breaking all festival records. Full-Lineup-Release
Announcing Music Films Music City Lineup
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the Music Films/ Music City line-up for the 44th annual Festival, scheduled April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Cinema. Among major U.S. film festivals, NaFF is the only one to recognize this category of film with a unique award. NaFF uses this category to recognize documentary films about music and musicians. The films cover a full range of musical genres: from rock and roll and hip hop, to boys’ choirs and classic country. Full Press Release
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the Documentary Film line-up for the 44th annual Festival, scheduled for April 18 – 25 at the Regal Green Hills Cinema. The documentaries cover a wide range of relevant topics, including refugees of war, third-trimester abortions, the global crisis and kids at magic camp. Press Release and Photos
New Director Lineup
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the film line-up for New Directors to be screened at the 44th annual Festival, scheduled April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Cinema. In 2013, women filmmakers made great strides as there were more women filmmakers entered than ever before in NaFF’s history. Full Press Release with Synopses and Photos
Bridegestone Narrative Feature Lineup
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the Bridgestone Narrative Feature line-up for the 44th annual Festival, scheduled April 18 – 25 at Regal Green Hills Cinemas. The sixteen narrative feature films were selected from 3,004 films submitted to the Nashville Film Festival or curated by Artistic Director, Brian Owens. These films present filmgoers with the first chance to catch major features before their national release. Press Release and Photos
NaFF Announces Special Presentation Line-Up
Monday, March 18, 2013
Opening Night: MUD – Starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon
Closing Night: UNFINISHED SONG - Starring Terrence Stamp & Vanessa Redgrave
Sundance, Toronto Film Festival Favorites: THE KINGS OF SUMMER · SIGHTSEERS - THE SPECTACULAR NOW · STORIES WE TELL - DEAD MAN’S BURDEN - Starring ABC Nashville’s Clare Bowen - KON-TIKI - Oscar®-nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the Special Presentations line-up for the 44th annual Festival. The eight special presentation films were selected from 3,004 films submitted to the Nashville Film Festival or curated by Artistic Director, Brian Owens. These films present film goers with the first chance to catch major features before their national release. They cover the full range of artistic expression: from Western and romantic comedy, to British horror and documentary. Press Release and Images
Winner Named of Tennessee Shorts "Final Cut" Contest
Friday, March 8, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) announces the winning filmmakers of the inaugural Tennessee Shorts Final Cut Contest, earning the filmmaker the coveted final placement in the Tennessee First Division at NaFF. The winning filmmakers are Tyler Evans (email@example.com) Mark Confroy and David Lavender for their film, Still Here - to be shown on the first night of NaFF, April 18, at Regal Green Hills Cinemas. PRESS RELEASE - Winner Named TN Filmmaker Final Cut Contest
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Nashville, TN (Winter 2013) – Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) and 5th Avenue of the Arts/ Downtown Nashville are jointly presenting a new opportunity for filmmakers, entitled Nashville Unveiled – Take One Video Festival Contest (NUVC). Sponsored by Nashville Arts Magazine, the contest is a chance for professionals and/or amateurs to create a short film/video with the content connected to the theme, “The Arts Scene in Nashville.” PRESS RELEASE - NASHVILLE UNVEILED - Spring 2013
NaFF & Academy Partner to Produce A Celebration of Kurdish Films at NaFF
Tuesday, February 20, 1900
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Film Festival, presented by Nissan, today announced a partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a three-day Celebration of Kurdish filmmaking at NaFF 2013. A contingent of 20 filmmakers and dignitaries from the Northern Iraq region of Kurdistan will present Kurdish films in multiple events April 19, 20 and 21. The events, which are open to the public, will be heavily attended by Nashville’s large Kurdish population. The city is home to the largest population of Kurdish immigrants in the United States. Press Release - NaFF, Academy, Kurdish
NaFF Helps Launch New Chattanooga Film Festival
Friday, January 25, 2013
Nashville, TN - Nashville Film Festival, (NaFF) with support from the Tennessee Commission of Film, Entertainment and Music announces the first event from the Tennessee Film Tour: the first annual Chattanooga Gig City Film Festival. The Festival, on February 2nd, is called “A Season for Nonviolence,” will launch Saturday, February 2, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Heritage House Arts and Civic Center. Gig City Film Festival
Announcing New Season of Community Cinema
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Nashville, TN - The Fifth Season of Community Cinema Nashville Focuses on Women’s Issues, Current Events, Soul Food and More. Season begins September 15 with Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
Love for NaFF
“Nashville is such a mythical place that it’s a joy to find a film festival there which lives up to the town’s magical reputation — a rich selection of top quality films, lively audiences from early morning to late at night, and really friendly festival staff making everything flow quite smoothly.”
- Gypsy Caravan
“One of the best run fests I have been to...Brian Gordon and team make NaFF proud...if I had a choice of where to give the world premiere of my next film, I'd pick NaFF in a heartbeat and give up every single fest to be back at NaFF. They truly rock!!!”
- Namrata Singh Gujral, Actress/Writer/Producer, Americanizing Shelley
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