45 Years Old – Over 3,000 Films Annually
Early Bird Entry Deadline Coming Up – $25 Until 10/31
Get the recognition, cash and connections you deserve. We’re offering more than $55,000 in cash and prizes – including Silver-Level Laminates to the Nashville Film Festival to all semifinalists and finalists – and the chance to have your winning script read by major studios and production companies.
Already signed-on to read winning scripts are: Tom Pollock, President of The Montecito Picture Company, former Chair of Universal Pictures Motion Picture Group and former 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), Ben Nearn, Co-Founder and CEO of Sycamore Pictures (Black Swan, The Ides of March), Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films, the faith, family and inspiration label of Sony Picture Entertainment (Soul Surfer and Courageous),Harmony Korine, famed limit-breaking producer and director (Spring Breakers, Kids), and Lewis Bogach, Vice President of Production for CMT-TV.
Categories for the competition include feature and short divisions for drama, comedy, music-inspired, Tennessee films, family, inspirational, animation, horror/thriller, science fiction, action/adventure and more. Teleplays for comedy and drama pilots are welcomed and young screenwriters are encouraged to submit screenplays for short films in any genre.
That’s twenty-five categories total, meaning twenty-five winners!
Our Entry Fees, by Deadline:
Early Bird – $25 per category if you submit by October 31st (we have extended our Early-Bird deadline!)
Regular – $35 per category (November 1st – November 30th)
Late – $45 per category (December 1st – January 31st)
Read and download our Screenwriting Rules & FAQ’s.
Early Bird: 10/31 – $25; Regular: 11/30 – $35; Late: 1/31 – $45. All fees are submitted on our website.
Screenwriters with laminates who attend the Nashville Film Festival enjoy NaFF member benefits. In addition, there are dozens of NaFF-partner events at live music venues, bars, and restaurants with special benefits for screenwriters as well as several panel presentations for screenwriters.
Judges rate on a 10-point scale in four categories: Premise, story, character and dialogue. Premise is who and what the story is about, the setting and primary action. The Story is the order of events. Characters are rated on distinctiveness and relationships between them. Dialogue is the feel and sound, as well as the relationship to storyline.