Nashville Film Festival

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The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm), held annually in Nashville, Tennessee, is the oldest running film festival in the South and one of the oldest in the United States. [1] In 2016, Nashville Film Festival received more than 6,700 submissions from 125 countries and programmed 271 films. Attendance has grown to nearly 43,000. The festival also offers a screenplay competition with features, teleplays and shorts categories and a web series competition. In addition to tendays of film screenings, the festival provides industry panels, music showcases, parties and receptions. [2] The Nashville Film Festival is also an Academy Award qualifying festival. [3] [4]


Program and focus

Films shown at the Nashville Film Festival include narrative features, short films, and documentaries. They cross all genres including drama, comedy, family, experimental, and animation. The festival partners with numerous local cultural and ethnic groups.

Because Nashville is known as "Music City," a major focus of the festival is the "Music Films in Music City" section. In addition to films about music, attention to music in films, and the Music Films in Music City awards, NashFilm presents showcases, workshops, and other events bringing songwriters, artists, and music industry insiders together with film professionals to promote collaboration. [5]

Nashville Film Festival, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, also provides year-round outreach efforts with programs for senior citizens, challenged teens, and high school and college-age filmmakers. These programs include lectures and screenings at elementary, middle and high schools, colleges, museums, libraries and community centers. NashFilm also oversees the Young Filmmakers Program designed to teach teens film making skills.


Founder Mary Jane Coleman began the Sinking Creek Film Celebration in East Tennessee in 1969. [1] The festival was later moved to Nashville. In 1998, the name was changed to the Nashville Independent Film Festival and shortened to Nashville Film Festival in 2003. NashFilm's attendance numbers doubled between 2003 and 2007. It is currently held at the Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 & RPX - Nashville in the 100 Oaks area of Nashville, Tennessee. [2] [5] [6]


Nashville Film Festival was voted as one of "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by MovieMaker Magazine again in 2015 and highlighted for "One of the Best Film Festival Prizes" by Film Festival Today.

Recent Nashville Film Festival Award winners

Narrative Competition

Grand Jury Prize
2015 Monument to Michael Jackson Darko Lungolov
2014 Club Sandwich Fernando Eimbcke
2013If You Die, I Will Kill You Hiner Saleem
2012The DynamiterMatthew Gordon
2011 Weekend Andrew Haigh
2010 Hipsters Valery Todorovsky
Best Actress
2015 Geraldine Chaplin Sand Dollars
2014 Britt Robertson Undiscovered Gyrl
2013 Jane Adams All the Light in the Sky
2012 Alia Shawkat That's What She Said
2011Guadalupe AlonsoThe Last Summer of La Boyita
2010 Paprika Steen Applause
Best Actor
2015 Boris Milivojevic Monument to Michael Jackson
2014Manolis Mavromatakis The Enemy Within
2013 Silas Yelich The Cold Lands
2012William RuffinThe Dynamiter
2011 Tom Cullen Weekend
2010 Anton Shagin Hipsters
Best Screenplay
2015 Margarita, with a Straw Shonali Bose
2014 The Invisible Collection Bernard Attal
2013 Pit Stop Yen Tan, David Lowery
2012 Supporting Characters Tarik Lowe, Daniel Schechter
Regal Cinemas / Nashville Film Festival Dreammaker Award
2009 Make-out with Violence The Deagol Brothers
2008Two embracesEnrique Begne
2007Small engine repairNiall Heery
2006Almost heaven Ed Herzog  [ de ]
2005 Midwinter Night's Dream Goran Paskaljevic
2004 Take Out Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou
Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature
2009 That Evening Sun Scott Teems
2008Cook CountyDavid Pomes
2007 Randy and the Mob Ray McKinnon
2006 Live and Become Radu Mihaileanu
2005 The Aryan Couple John Daly
Hustle & Flow Craig Brewer
Loggerheads Tim Kirkman
The Thing About My Folks Raymond De Felitta
2004 Saved! Brian Dannelly

Graveyard Shift Competition

Grand Jury Prize
2017A Closer Walk with TheeJohn C. Clark

Brie Williams

2016 The Lure Agnieszka Smoczynska
2015 Alleluia

They Look Like People

Fabrice du Welz

Perry Blackshear

2014 Wetlands David Wnendt
Best Actor
2017Aj KnightA Closer Walk with Thee
2016Adrian Țofei Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
2015MacLeod Andrews They Look Like People
2014Jan Bijvoet Borgman
Best Actress
2017Suela BakoBloodlines
2016 Marta Mazurek The Lure
2015 Amy Everson Felt
2014 Robin Wright

Carla Juri

The Congress


Documentary Competition

Best Documentary Feature
2015Frame by FrameAlexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpeli
2014BESA: The Promise Rachel Goslins
2013 Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story Brad Bernstein
2012 Salaam Dunk David Fine
2011 If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Marshall Curry
2010 Racing Dreams Marshall Curry
2009Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's IntimaciesYulene Olaizola
2008Shake the Devil off Peter Entell
2007 Banished Marco Williams
2006The Trials Of Darryl HuntRicki Stern, Annie Sundberg
A lion in the houseSteven Bognar, Julia Reichert
2005 The Real Dirt on Farmer John Taggart Siegel
2004 Born into Brothels Ross Kauffman, Zana Briski
Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature
2015In My Father's HouseRicki Stern, Annie Sundberg
2009 Rock Prophecies John Chester
2008Sons of LwalaBarry Simmons
2007The Clinton 12Keith McDaniel
2006 Chances: The Women of Magdalene Tom Neff
2005Cowboy Jack's Home Movies (or, Shakespeare was a big George Jones fan)Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
2004 Born into Brothels Ross Kauffman, Zana Briski
Impact of Music Award
2009Youssou Ndour: I bring what I LoveElizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
2008 Young@Heart Stephen Walker
2007Gypsy Caravan Jasmine Dellal
2006The Refugee All-StarsZach Niles, Banker White
2005 Rhythm Is It! Thomas Grube & Enrique Sanchez Lansch
2004Give me your handHeddy Honigmann
Tennessee Independent Spirit Award for the Best Feature-Length Film Directed By a Tennessee Resident
2009 Make-utu with Violence The Deagol Brothers
2008Sons of LwalaBarry Simmons
2007AdrenalineRobert S. Lynn
2006 Chances: The Women of Magdalene Tom Neff
2005Cowboy Jack's Home Movies (or, Shakespeare was a big George Jones fan)Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
2004The Royal AcademyTony Cane-Honeysett


Best Narrative Short
2015Daytimer Riz Ahmed
2014Rhino Full ThrottleErik Schmitt
2013HatchChristoph Kuschnig
2012 Curfew Shawn Christensen
2011Mary Last Seen Sean Durkin
2010The Armoire Jamie Travis
2009Next Floor Denis Villeneuve
2008I love Sarah JaneSpencer Susser
2007The Last Dog in RwandaJens Assur
2006Doll no. 639Andras György Desi
2005In the morningDanielle Lurie
2004Deep SilenceGustavo Loza
Best Animated Short
2015 Bear Story Gabriel Osorio
2014Rabbit and DeerPeter Vacz
2013Oh, Willy...Emma Swaef & Marc Roels
2012DrippedLeo Verrier
2011Something Left, Something TakenMax Porter & Ru Kuwahata
2010 The Spine Chris Landreth
2009 I Am So Proud Of You Don Hertzfeldt
2008Madame Tutli-PutliChris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowksi
2007Dreams and Desires- Family Ties Joanna Quinn
2006City ParadiseGaelle Denis
2005The Tree OfficerNeil Jack
2004HelloJonathon Nix
Best Documentary Short
2015La Vie en rose comme dans les filmsChristophe M. Saber
2014The Last Days of Peter BergmannCiaran Cassidy
2013A Story for the ModlinsSergio Oksman
2012Meaning of Robots Matt Lenski
2011Bye Bye Now!Aideen O'Sullivan
2010Q&AThe Rauch Brothers
2009 The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 Adam Pertofsky
2008My olympic summerDaniel Robin
2007 Fighting Cholitas Mariam Jobrani
2006 The Tribe Tiffany Shlain
2005Small Town SecretsKatherine Legget
2004African AmericanAskia Holloway
Best Experimental Short
2015(null) Michael Lange, David Gesslbauer
2014Confessions With an Open CurtainEli Cortinas
2013Workers Leaving the Factory (Again)Katharina Gruzei
2012All the Lines Flow OutCharles Lim
2011 All Flowers in Time Jonathan Caouette
2010FeederJoseph Ernst
2009Hallelujah! Gorilla revivalJason LaRay Keener, Jeremiah Ledbetter
2008SEVILLA --> ∞ 06 Olivo Barbieri
20073 MinutesChristopher Brunner
2006Careless Reef - Abu KifanGerard Holthuis
2005LayetteAriana Gerstein
2004Papillon d'amourNicolas Provost
Golden Opportunity Award for Best College Student Short
2015Wire CuttersJack Anderson
2014The Pink Helmet PosseKristelle Laroche & Benjamin Mullincosson
2013I Think This is the Closest to How the Footage LookedYuval Hameiri
2012Bian ZiChun-Yi Hsieh
2011Deeper Than YesterdayAriel Kleeman
2010The City in the SkyGiacomo Climini
2009WalnutAmy Gebhardt
2008The Execution of Solomon HarrisWyatt Garfield & Ed Yonaitis
2007BitchLilah Vandenburgh
2006LuckyAvie Luthra
2005Victoria para ChinoCary Fukunaga
2004SaviorErla Skuladottir
Best College Student Animation
2007The Wraith of Cobble HillAdam Parrish King
2006She She She She's a BombshellBen Levin
2005Backseat BingoLiz Blazer
2004PedantphiliaSandra Cheng
Best Young Filmmaker
2009Eye for an eyeArni Beinteinn Arnason
2008Western spaghettiJoseph Procopio
2007DriveJoseph Procopio
2006ShoesJake Sawyer
2005And then everything I saw, I likedAriel Jackson, Ashley Rutledge, Emily Brisbon
2004Jai-Yen: Cool HeartDaniel Howard
Tennessee Independent Spirit Award for the Best Short-Form Directed By a Tennessee Resident
2009JenniferStewart Copeland
2008BlindsidedDrew Langer

Music videos

Best Music Video by a Nashville Filmmaker
2007You don't know meJason Satterlund
2006Apparitions of melody - Kids in the wayBlake McClure & The Brads
2005When I think about cheatin'Robert Deaton, George Flanigen & Marc Oswald
Best Music Video by a Non-Nashville Filmmaker
2007Jumbo in the modernworldminivegas
2006When in Rome Nickel Creek, Dir. Dean Karr
2005Whiskey Lullaby Rick Schroder
Best Music Video
2004100 Years Five for Fighting, Dir. Trey Fanjoy
Music Video Audience Award
2005Mercy Now Mary Gauthier, Dir. Demetria Kalodimos
2004100 Years Five for Fighting, Dir. Trey Fanjoy
Best use of coffee in a scene
2004Mother May-oWes Edwards


REEL Current Award
2009 Garbage Dreams Mai Iskander
2008 Mountain Top Removal Michael O'Connell
2007 Manufactured Landscapes Jennifer Baichwal
2005 The Real Dirt on Farmer John Taggart Siegel
Nashville Public Television (NPT) Human Spirit Award
2009 Crude Joe Berlinger
2008Sons of LwalaBarry Simmons
2007The Clinton 12Keith McDaniel
Lonely Seal Releasing Feature Film Award
2008Eden courtPaul Leuer
Rosetta Miller Perry Award for the Best Film By A Black Filmmaker
2009 Gospel Hill Giancarlo Esposito
2008 The Black List Elvis Mitchell
2007Matthew Kennedy: One Man's Journey Nina Kennedy
Best Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgendered (GLBT) Film Award
2009 The Baby Formula Alison Reid
2008 Were the World Mine Tom Gustafson
The ManualSophie Gregg
Best Hispanic Filmmaker Award
2009Hands of AbelVictor Barcena
Women In Film & Television Award For Best Film Directed By A Woman
2009Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's intimaciesYulene Olaizola
2008Taking root: the vision of Wangari MaathaiLisa Merton & Alan Dater
Best Cinematography in a Feature Film
2009Seamus Tierney, the NarrowsFrancois Velle
2008Tracing CowboysDavid Morrison
2007The hip hop projectAri Issler and Matt Ruskin
Special Jury Prize for Acting Ensemble
2009cast of Children of Invention Children of Invention
Special Jury Prize for Acting
2009 Vincent D'Onofrio The Narrows
Special Jury Prize for Experimental Narrative
2009 Afterschool Antonio Campos
Special Jury Prize for Bravery in Storytelling
2009 Prodigal Sons Kimberly Reed
Lifetime Achievement Award
2009 Hal Holbrook
2008 Patricia Neal
President's Award
2009 William Shatner
2008 Kimberly Williams-Paisley
2007 Lawrence Bender
2005 Rick Wakeman
2004 Rick Schroder
Governor's Award
2009 Dixie Carter
2008 William H. Macy
2007 Steve Oedekerk
2005Cary Brokaw
Coleman Sinking Creek Award
2009 Les Blank

2010 Nashville Film Festival Awards

In 2010 edition, the following prizes have been assigned. [7]


Bridgestone Narrative Competition Grand Jury Prize Valeriy Todorovskiy Hipsters
Bridgestone Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor in Narrative Feature Anton Shagin Hipsters
Bridgestone Grand Jury Prize for Best Actress in Narrative Feature Paprika Steen Applause
Southwest Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Radu Mihaileanu The Concert
Documentary Channel Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature Marshall Curry Racing Dreams
Documentary Channel Audience Award for Best Documentary Jim Bigham For Once in My Life
Leanne Pooley The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
New Directors Competition Grand Jury Prize Michael Mohan One Too Many Mornings
New Directors Competition Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor Anthony Deptula One Too Many Mornings
New Directors Competition Grand Jury Prize for Best Actress Eileen Nicholas Bomber
Gibson Impact of Music Award Jim Bigham For Once in My Life
Naxos Award for Best Music in A Feature Film Konstantin Meladze Hipsters
Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Feature Brent Stewart The Colonel's Bride
Bridgestone Narrative Competition Grand Jury Prize - Honorable Mention Bruce Webb The Be All and End All
Documentary Channel Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature - Honorable Mention Taggart Siegel Queen of the Sun
New Directors Grand Jury Prize - Honorable Mention Paul Cotter Bomber
Gibson Impact of Music Award - Honorable Mention Bruce Bryant For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair
Bridgestone Narrative Competition Grand Jury Prize - Honorable Mention Bruce Webb The Be All and End All


Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Narrative Short Clay Jeter 5 Dollars
Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Documentary Short Jonathan Epstein I Am A Man: from Memphis, A Lesson in Life
Documentary Channel Award for Best Short Documentary Tim Rauch and Mike Rauch Q&A
Documentary Channel Award for Best Short Documentary - Honorable Mention T.G. Herrington Mr. Okra
Vanderbilt Golden Opportunity Award for Best College Student Short Giacomo Cimini The City in the Sky
Vanderbilt Golden Opportunity Award for Best College Student Short - Honorable Mention Michael Rochford Carpet Kingdom
Best Animated Short Chris Landreth The Spine
Best Animated Short - Honorable Mention Nick Cross Yellow Cake
Best Experimental ShortJoseph ErnstFeeder
Best Live Action Short Jamie Travis The Armoire
Best Live Action Short - Honorable Mention Roland Honeycutt Jr. Dwight David Honeycutt for Conway School Board
Best Young Filmmaker Edward Heffernan The Letter


Special Jury Prize for Remarkably Weaving Documentary and Narrative Footage into a Subtly Moving WholeDavey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew The Athlete (Atletu)
Special Jury Prize for Bravery in StorytellingDean Hamer Out in the Silence
Special Jury Prize for Artistic Perseverance through Commercial Adversities Clark Stiles Don't Quit Your Daydream
NAHCC Award for Best Hispanic Filmmaker Javier Fuentes-León Undertow
Best GLBT Film Leanne Pooley The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
Mike Curb Career Achievement Award for Film Music Carter Burwell
2010 President's Impact Award Adrian Grenier
Coleman Sinking Creek AwardSteve James
Governor's Award Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Nashville Public Television Human Spirit Award Peter Wiedensmith Raw Faith
Rosetta Miller-Perry Award for Best Black Filmmaker Mario Van Peebles Black, White and Blues
Best Film by a Woman Director Jac Schaeffer TiMER
Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund Best Director/Composer Collaboration Mario Van Peebles/Tree Adams Black, White and Blues

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