Fees & Fineprint

Deadlines & Fees

Postmark Features Shorts Students Young Filmmaker
Earlybird – July 12 $50 $35 $25 $20
Regular – September 20 $60 $45 $35 $25
Late – November 22 $80 $65 $45 $30
WAB Extended – January 10 $90 $70 $60 $45


Note: Fees below do not reflect WithoutABox.com discounts.

Mandatory Inclusion

All of the following must accompany your entry.


ENTRY FEE:  Paid via Withoutabox or money order in U.S. funds made payable to the Nashville Film Festival


3-LINE SYNOPSIS:  used for program and website


FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS:  250 Word Synopsis used for program and website


COLLEGE STUDENTS:  Include proof of student status at the time of production Copy of student ID or transcript


YOUNG FILMMAKERS:  Include a copy of your state or student id verifying your age at the time of completion of the film. You may submit a letter from a teacher if you do not have photo ID


TENNESSEE RESIDENTS:  Include proof of residence or proof that the entry was shot predominantly in the state of Tennessee


Selected entries must submit at least 1 digital hi-res photo from the film


Selected films must be filmmakers who submitted a rough cut must submit a copy of the final edit of their film on DVD upon acceptance.

Festival Rules & Guidelines

Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.


Films that have shown theatrically,  have been broadcast on television in Nashville prior to the Festival, or are available for sale on DVD or VOD are not eligible for consideration.


Additional cash prizes are eligible in many categories for films that elect to have their World or North American Premieres at the 2014 NaFF.


The only Premiere requirement is that the film is making its Tennessee Premiere. Some exceptions are made for locally produced films.


Entries must not have been publicly shown before January 1, 2013. Preference will be given to feature films that premiered after May 1, 2012. Shorts have no premiere requirements.


Entries must be submitted for pre-screening on DVD or BluRay. (Region 1 or 0 Standard). We ask that you use recyclable packaging.


If you are burning a consumer disc, write your Project Title, Film ID# and Contact # on the disc with a Sharpie pen. Please test your consumer-burned DVD on several makes and models of players before sending it to our offices.


Works in progress are accepted but are not encouraged. We can not promise that we will be able to watch re-edited submissions. Please only submit works in progress if submitting close to final deadline.


You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form for each.

Terms & Conditions

Festival Screening


The individual or corporation submitting the film warrants that he/she is authorized to commit the film to at least two screenings at any time during the 2014 Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) – April 17-26, 2014. Selected entries must send a festival screening copy on HD Cam (NOT HDCam SR), DCP, and BluRay (for backup purposes only, preferably). It is strongly recommended that you bring or send a backup method of exhibition (e.g. HDCam to back up DCP; BluRay to back up HDCam).




Every possible care will be taken with entries while in our possession, however, we cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or additional charges incurred en route, or due to wear and tear, or equipment error. Do not send original prints or master copies. Additionally, NaFF is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity or screening of any film.




The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant or preceding festival. All international entries must be sent with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. For films accepted into the Festival, the entrant is responsible for inbound shipping. The Festival will pay the cost of outbound shipping of the print to its next destination. However, the Festival will not be responsible for unnecessary expedited or overnight shipping charges to other destinations.


Reproduction Agreement


Entrant agrees to grant NaFF permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed – in whole or in part – SOLELY for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival. Please note that due to schedule conflicts, some jurors may need to view your films on disc. If you submitted a rough cut, it is VITAL that you send a copy of the final edition of your film on DVD or BluRay. This final copy will also serve as an exhibition back-up, in case your selected method of exhibition does not work.