PUSH! spotlights films that provoke thought and spur action. We're a change agent - challenging filmmakers and filmgoers to push boundaries and push the envelope-- to move and be moved through cinema.

We pride ourselves on being a filmmaker's film festival. We especially want filmmakers who attend the festival to feel like welcomed guests. All filmmakers participating at Push will receive VIP passes to the entire 3 day festival, including all film screenings, panels, workshops, and parties. There are also special networking social events exclusively for filmmakers in attendance. Filmmakers may also request 2 complimentary tickets that can be used for any screening that they may share with their crew, cast, family, etc.

We believe in empowering filmmakers by giving them a platform to share thoughtful ideas through any genre.

The Push! Film Festival wants to encourage and cultivate the next generation of filmmakers. As such, any student or educator may submit at a discounted rate. Upload a copy of your student/faculty ID to your film submission page to receive the discounted entry.

Sure, there are awards to be won, but we also put a lot of focus on the overall festival experience.

To us, it's about community, conversation, and calls-to-action.

It's also about showcasing quality storytelling in desirable venues and providing filmmakers with a chance to network and grow through a variety of workshops, Q&A sessions, and social events.

Hosted in twin cities that know no borders, PUSH! provides the platform. You provide the perspectives.

PUSH! Film Festival
Bristol, TN/VA

Awards & Prizes

Best Short Film
The best short film in competition.
Cash Award Value: 200 U.S. Dollar

Best Feature Film
The best feature length film in competition.
Cash Award Value: 200 U.S. Dollar

Best Tennessee Film
The best Tennessee film in competition.
Cash Award Value: 200 U.S. Dollar

Best Virginia Film
The best Virginia film in competition.
Cash Award Value: 200 U.S. Dollar

Audience Award
The most popular film of the festival, as selected by audience members.
Cash Award Value: 200 U.S. Dollar

Best In Show
The overall best film in competition from all submission categories.
Award: Best in Show Trophy

Rules & Terms

Filmmakers will be notified by mid August concerning the status of their submissions. All filmmakers with a film in attendance will receive an Official Selection certificate, complimentary screening and workshop passes to all festival events, and a welcome bag of swag and merchandise from participating sponsors and organizers.

By submitting, filmmakers give Push! Film Festival permission to use images and sequences from films for promotional purposes in any and all media in perpetuity. Filmmakers and submitters agree to hold Push! Film Festival, Believe in Bristol, its subsidiaries, and affiliates, harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses or damages that may arise from exhibition of films. Filmmakers and submitters warrant that they are eligible to submit these films for exhibition. Filmmakers and submitters warrant that all copyrights and clearances for submission and exhibition have been procured, and Push! nor its affiliates nor subsidiaries can be held liable for any copyright or intellectual property disputes regarding any audio or visual content inherent to any submitted films, including soundtracks. All films which are accepted and scheduled into Push! Film Festival will be eligible for additional screenings and publicity in future festivals.

7 Reviews

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    Brad Bennett

    PUSH! was an amazing experience for our film! Just being able to walk into the historic Paramount Theater in Bristol was great experience in and of itself. The festival did a good job making this a true community event, w/ many local businesses offering incentives to visiting filmmakers. You could tell a lot of time was put into every aspect of the festival's events. The festival staff and locals in Bristol were warm and accommodating to the filmmakers all weekend long. We had an engaging Q&A post screening, and even took home Best Feature/$$ Award. Looking forward to seeing this festival grow, and continuing to be a staple for the filmmaking community in SW VA/TN. Highly recommended.

    November 2017
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    Robert Phillips

    PUSH! is an impressive, up-and-coming festival in beautiful Bristol. We had a great time meeting other filmmakers, networking & socializing, and attending screenings, all in walking distance from the Paramount Theater, a gorgeous old venue that could easily seat hundreds. Though our film was screened at the Paramount at a really great time, the small but enthusiastic group felt dwarfed by the scale of this historic theater. But, having one's work screened in such a lovely venue is a real treat, one that could be much improved with a larger crowd.

    Though PUSH! is clearly still building patronage and their film community in Bristol, they are doing all the right things move the needle in the right direction. The advertising and communication for this festival is exceptional (covers of magazines, billboards around town, signs everywhere), and the volunteer staff is absolutely dedicated to making the festival memorable for the filmmakers in attendance. We truly enjoyed our time in Bristol and highly recommend PUSH!

    November 2017
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    Asha Chai-Chang

    Absolutely Amazing!!! As a filmmaker with a film in the competition, I can say hands down that they provide red carpet service. Well-organized, community involvement, revolutionary workshops, and fantastic films! I knew I was in good company the whole time.

    Best Birthday and Film screening celebration! I plan on attending next year 😁 I highly recommend you do the same.

    November 2017
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    Jason K. Allen

    I had a wonderful time at this event. High-quality films, fantastic venues and a unique setting in historic downtown Bristol. The organizers and volunteers couldn't have been more friendly, helpful and enthusiastic -- they definitely went the extra mile to make sure the filmmakers enjoyed their festival experience. One of the best all-around festivals I've had the pleasure of attending.

    October 2017
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    Clay Bretz

    A great festival showcasing some amazing talent!

    October 2017