3 Awards. 2 States. 1 Film Festival.
PUSH! Film Festival, held in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA, is a competitive festival and celebration of the cinematic and visual arts.
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. By bringing diverse films to our community and showcasing the best regional filmmakers, PUSH! aims to expand the artistic image of our region, engage new audiences in the world of film, and inspire creativity in all of us.
This year marks the 5th year of PUSH!, and after seeing the interest and excitement over our Tennessee and Virginia films grow each year, we have decided to focus in on those films over one fantastic day: Saturday, October 12, 2019. And so we are putting a call out for Tennessee and Virginia shorts – these films must be shot (in part or in whole) in either state, or made by a filmmaker whose hometown or current residence is in either state. We are also calling for features, with no restrictions on origin. Through juried competition, shorts from both states, along with one feature, will be chosen to be screened at the festival.
Held at the Smithsonian-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum, PUSH! will offer workshop and networking opportunities and a chance for filmmakers to participate in Q&As with the audience, in addition to the film screenings. We believe in empowering filmmakers by giving them a platform to share thoughtful ideas through any genre, and we put a lot of focus on the overall festival experience. We pride ourselves on being a filmmaker's film festival. We especially want filmmakers who attend the festival to feel like welcomed guests. Official Selection filmmakers attending PUSH! will receive VIP passes and a swag bag. Official Selection filmmakers may also request 2 complimentary tickets that can be used for any screening that they may share with their crew, cast, family, etc. You will also find Bristol a welcoming place with a variety of wonderful restaurants, breweries and bars, live music performances, and so much more!
Hosted in twin cities that know no borders, PUSH! provides the platform. You provide the perspectives.
PUSH! Film Festival
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.
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
Best on the Border
The overall best film between Tennessee and Virginia short films.
Award: Best in Show Trophy
Filmmakers will be notified by the Notification Date 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.