Founded in 1969 as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration, Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country and one of the most acclaimed festivals in the South. Hosted in Music City, USA, NashFilm attracts enthusiastic film lovers from all across the country and has been praised by film-goers and filmmakers alike for its unique combination of big city festival atmosphere and laid back Southern hospitality. With over 300 films from 56 countries, a screenplay competition, episodic competition, live music showcases, the new Creators Conference and parties almost every night, the 2017 festival drew approximately 40,000 attendees and sold out nearly 40 films and events.

Awards & Prizes

Nashville Film Festival offers $65,000 in cash and in-kind sponsor prizes to filmmakers with winners selected by industry power players - including studio representatives, producers and fellow filmmakers.

The winning short films in the Narrative, Animated and Documentary Short Film Competitions are eligible for Academy Award® consideration without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Rules & Terms

-- Competition is open to U.S. and International entries. Please check individual categories for additional requirements.

-- Feature films are 40 minutes in length or longer. Short films are under 40 minutes in length.

-- Films not in the English language must be subtitled in English.

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

-- Entries must not have premiered to the public before January 1, 2016.

-- Entries must be submitted for pre-screening on Vimeo or YouTube link. If you use a secured link, you are REQUIRED to keep us updated with passwords or your film may be rejected. You MAY also send a DVD or BluRay. Should you choose to send a hard copy screener, please send 2 copies for short films or 3 copies for features. Hard copy screeners will NOT be returned for any reason.

-- 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 you are submitting close to final deadline.

-- You may submit multiple entries but must fill out a separate entry form and pay an entry fee for each.

FESTIVAL SCREENING
The individual or corporation submitting the film warrants that he/she is authorized to commit the film to at least three screenings at any time during the 2018 Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) - May 10 - 19, 2018. Selected entries must send festival screening copy on DCP, preferably NTFS-formatted. Please NO Mac-formatted hard drives! You MUST also send a BluRay backup for exhibition in case something goes wrong with a digital file.

LIABILITY
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 normal wear and tear, or due to equipment failure. Do NOT send original prints or master copies. Additionally, NashFilm 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.

SHIPPING
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. In most cases, NashFilm 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.

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR ENTRY:

-- Entry fee (must be paid online).

--3-Line Synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website)

--FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS: 250 Word Synopsis (may be used for Festival 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.

--Accepted entries must submit at least one digital, horizontal 300dpi still photo from the film and at least one web-ready still at 72dpi and 560x315 pixels.

--Selected films must who submitted a rough cut MUST submit a copy of the final edit of their film on Vimeo or other digital streaming service.

Notification of Festival acceptance status is scheduled to be given to all entrants on or about February 26, 2018.

VIRTUAL REALITY COMPETITION RULES

All submissions must be made digitally through FilmFreeway.

Platforms: All submissions must be able to be experienced via one of the following platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, or Google Cardboard.

If released, all experiences must have download link submitted to NashFilm AND a submission form filled out on FilmFreeway for submission to be considered complete.

If pre-released, all experiences must have file uploaded to NashFilm’s cloud drive AND a submission form filled out on FilmFreeway for submission to be considered complete.

Work in Progress: Entries do not need to be submitted in their finished form by the submission date, however the final form must be completed and submitted to NashFilm by April 1st, 2018. We cannot guarantee that the finished copy will be watched if a work in progress is submitted. We encourage you to only submit works in progress if submitting close to the final deadline.

Original Content: All entries submitted to the Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) VR & 360 Film Competition must be original works by the applicant. By submitting to this competition, you are attesting that this work is yours and that you have the authority to submit this work to the Nashville Film Festival and agree to all of the rules of the competition and the festival as a whole.

Revisions: NashFilm considers all entries to be complete. You may send in revisions after an initial or work-in-progress has been submitted, but the revised copy will only be used going forward. Any scoring already complete will remain the same, based on the initial submission.

Language: All submissions will be assessed by English speakers. If submission is in a language other than English and speech is necessary for the experience, subtitles or other means of speech translation will be required.

Liability: We cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or additional charges incurred en route, or due to normal wear and tear, or due to equipment failure. Do NOT send original prints or master copies. Additionally, NashFilm 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 review of any experience.

Shipping: Any costs of shipping must be paid by the entrant. All international entries must be sent with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

NashFilm employees, including seasonal staff, board members, sponsors, and their immediate families, are not eligible to submit in any category to this competition.

NOTE: By submitting your VR or 360 film experience, you are giving permission for the Nashville Film Festival to showcase your work at the festival and for promotional purposes.

If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing 2018entries@nashfilm.org and include in the subject line: “VR Inquiry”

PRIZES:

Grand Prize: Best Overall Experience in VR & 360 Film

Grand Prize Winner for Best Overall VR & 360 Film Experience will receive 2 NashFilm All-Access passes to the 2018 festival & Creator’s Conference, recognition as Grand Prize Winner in the 2018 Official NashFilm Program Guide & on the website, and the Grand Prize Winner Awards Certificate

The 3 Finalists for Best Overall VR & 360 Film Experience will receive 2 NashFilm All-Access festival passes to the 2018 festival & Creator’s Conference, recognition as Finalist for the NashFilm VR & 360 Competition in the 2018 Official NashFilm Program Guide & on the website, and a Finalist Awards Certificate

*Additional jury prizes may be given out

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    Amanda Martinez

    An excellent festival! Great films, Vegas-fancy venue, super well-run, and the panels at the Creators Conference give invaluable, practical info to screenwriters and filmmakers looking to produce, market, and sell the content they work so hard to create. Highly recommended!

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Amanda! Hope to see you again in a year!

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    C Mesber

    It was a very nice experience. I loved all the short films that i watched. An amazing selection.

    May 2017
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    Isaiah Stratton

    Fantastic festival! Thoroughly enjoyed the new venue.

    I was thrilled to be able to premiere my film in my hometown, and I'm looking forward to coming back next year.

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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Isaiah! It was a pleasure to have you! Hope to see you next year!

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    Michael Gibrall

    Um ...
    WOW.
    WHAT A FESTIVAL.
    Well run. A great time. I got to see some great films and sit in on some extremely informative seminars (perhaps the best organized seminars I've ever seen at a festival, from great guest speakers to POWERPOINT presentations from one of them that clearly explained everything.)

    I was accepted into the festival with a feature screenplay that was nominated in it's category, and was floored when it was announced the winner.

    Nashville was ABSOLUTELY worth the entry fee, and the trip!

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Michael! We appreciate the kind words and hope to see you next year!

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    Lorraine Portman

    Love the Nashville Film Festival. Everyone involved has been very welcoming and kind. I've had semi finalist screenplays two years in a row. Have attended a few days each time and just felt incredibly welcome. Met wonderful writers and filmmakers. Connected with old friends. Met new friends. Saw fabulous films. Strongly recommend entering and attending.

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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Lorraine! It was real pleasure to spend some time with you! We can't wait for next year!