NOTE: Notification date for most Screenplays is March 24. Notification date for most films remains February 24.

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 270 films from 45 countries, a screenplay competition, episodic competition, innovative industry panels, live music showcases, and parties almost every night, the 2016 festival drew over 44,000 attendees and sold out nearly 50 films and events.

Awards & Prizes

Nashville Film Festival offers nearly $100,000 in cash and prizes for filmmakers and screenwriters with winners selected by industry power players - including studio representatives, producers and 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

FILM RULES

-- 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 English 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 consideration.

-- Entries must not have been publicly shown before January 1, 2015.

-- 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 three copies for features.

-- If you are burning a consumer disc, write your Project Title, Film ID# and Contact information on the disc in a clear and legible fashion. PLEASE test your consumer-burned DVD on several makes and models of players BEFORE sending it to our offices. Please use recyclable packaging.

-- 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 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 2017 Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) - April 20-29, 2017. Selected entries must send festival screening copy on DCP. You MUST also send a BluRay backup for exhibition in case something goes wrong with a digital file. Other digital file types may be presentable.

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.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT
Entrant agrees to grant NashFilm permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed - in whole or in part - SOLELY for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival. Please note that due to schedule conflicts, some jurors may view your films on disc or via online screener. If you submitted a rough cut, it is VITAL that you send a copy of the final edition of your film. This final copy will also serve as a back-up, in case your selected method of exhibition does not work.

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 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 DVD or BluRay upon acceptance.

Notification of Festival acceptance status is scheduled to be given to all entrants on or about February 24, 2017.

SCREENWRITING COMPETITION RULES

1. Original Content: All entries submitted to the Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) Screenwriting Competition must be original works by the applicant.

2. Submissions: Submissions must be made online. No mailed or emailed entries are accepted. NashFilm does not allow changes to the categories after submission. All submissions are final, and NashFilm does not issue refunds. Each submission will be sent a confirmation email once payment is processed.

3. Multiple Categories: Entrants may submit the same entry to more than one category. Each category entered requires an entry fee for that category.

4. Formatting: Screenplays must be formatted according to industry standards. Pages must be numbered and typed in 12 point Courier font. All entries must be submitted in English. Include title only on title page. The author’s name should NOT appear on the title page or anywhere on the script, to preserve anonymity and fairness. MovieMagic Screenwriter, Final Draft, and Celtx are suggested programs.

5. Length:
• Feature Scripts: 40 – 130 pages
• Short Scripts: 1 - 40 pages
• Teleplay (30 minute pilot): 1 - 30 pages
• Teleplay (60 minute pilot): 31- 60 pages

6. Revisions: NashFilm considers all entries to be complete. You may send in revisions after the screenplay or teleplay has been submitted, but the revised copy will only be used going forward. Any scoring already complete will remain the same, based on the
original submission. In addition, we will not accept a script for a feature that is under 40
pages with a notice: “to be continued.”

7. Ineligibility: The NashFilm Screenwriting Competition does not accept novels, short stories, stage plays, treatments, synopses, reality show concepts, scripts for existing TV
series, or works that are not original. Scripts also must not have been sold or currently
be under option prior to 4/20/17. NashFilm employees, including seasonal staff, board
members, sponsors, and their immediate families, are not eligible to submit in any category.

8. Judging: Scripts will be judged numerically on 10 different criteria (including, but not limited to, structure, premise, and entertainment value.) Awards, selections, and decisions of NashFilm are final.

9. Winner Notification: Semi-finalists and finalists will be notified by late March. Winners in each category will be announced at the Screenwriting Competition Awards Ceremony during the festival in April 2017.

10. Co-Authors: If a screenplay has more than one author, it is up to the authors to decide how many authors to list on the application and who will be the primary contact e-mail. Awards are given per entry, not per author. Therefore, groups of authors associated with one entry are responsible for the division of awards, including laminates. NashFilm does not assume responsibility for arrangements with regard to laminate or cash divisions.

11. Feedback: Each writer has access to a brief, one-paragraph overview of their notes from the judging stages. This is included with your entry fee. To receive this feedback, you MUST request it by emailing Melissa@nashfilm.org between May 1-15th, 2017.

12. Young Screenwriters Category: To enter, applicant must be 18 or under on April 20, 2017. Young screenwriters are subject to all NashFilm Competition Rules.

14. Tennessee Category: The writer must have been born in Tennessee, or currently reside in Tennessee. The entrant is responsible for the authenticity of this claim and any
inquiry regarding that authenticity. You may be asked to provide proof of residence at any point during the duration of the contest.

15. Copyright: All entrants are encouraged to register their screenplays with the Writers’ Guild of America, East or West: www.wgaeast.org/script_registration, or www.wga.org/registration/index.html, and with the U.S. Copyright Office.

SONG COMPETITION RULES

-- Competition is open to U.S. and International entries.

-- Songs longer than 4 minutes in length are not eligible.

-- Songs not in English must also submit English translated lyric sheet.

-- Songs under exclusive publishing contract prior to the Festival are not eligible for consideration.

-- Entries must be submitted for pre-listening through FilmFreeway.

-- 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 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 LISTENING
The individual or corporation submitting the song warrants that he/she is authorized to commit the song to at least two listens at any time during the 2017 Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) - April 20-29, 2017. Only files submitted via FilmFreeway will be considered.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT
Entrant agrees to grant NashFilm permission for accepted songs and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed - in whole or in part - SOLELY for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival.

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR ENTRY:

-- Entry fee (must be paid online).

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

-- LINKS TO: website and social media pages

--COLLEGE STUDENTS: Include proof of student status at the time of production. (Copy of student ID or transcript.)

Notification of Festival acceptance status is scheduled to be given to all entrants on or about February 24, 2017.

DISCLAIMERS
By submitting my screenplay to the Nashville Film Festival, I:

1. Recognize that NashFilm, its representatives and files are replete with ideas and
stories for theatrical motion pictures and television programs and that new ideas for motion pictures and television programs are constantly being submitted to NashFilm. I also recognize that many stories and ideas are similar and often different stories and ideas related to one or more common underlying themes.

2. I agree to indemnify NashFilm and its representatives, including its judges and readers, against any and all claims, expenses, losses or liabilities that may be asserted against NashFilm and its representatives at any time in connection with said Material, or any use thereof, including without limitation those arising from any breach of the warranties and promises given by me herein.

3. I hereby release and discharge NashFilm and its representatives, including judges and readers, from any and all claims and demands and will not assert, maintain, or assist
any party in asserting or maintaining any claims or demands against NashFilm arising out of, or in connection with the Materials, including without limitation, any and all claims for libel, rights of publicity, theft, or misappropriation of ideas or trade secrets or infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights.

4. I warrant I am the sole owner and author of the Material submitted.

5. I agree that any part of the submitted Material which is not novel or original and not legally protected may be used by NashFilm without any liability on NashFilm.

6. NashFilm shall not be under any obligation to me with respect to the submitted material except as may later be set forth in a fully executed written agreement between us.

7. I have retained a copy of the Material and agree that NashFilm shall not be obligated to return the Material to me.

8. I acknowledge that NashFilm is under no obligation to use the Material in any manner. I warrant it is original to me and that I am the author and owner of the Material.

VIRTUAL REALITY COMPETITION RULES

All submissions must be made digitally through FilmFreeway.

Platforms: Submissions will be experienced via one of the following: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Samsung VR. All submissions must be playable on one of those platforms.

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 submitted 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, 2017. 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/AR 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 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 2017entries@nashfilm.org and include in the subject line: “VR Inquiry”

PRIZES:

Grand Prize: Best Overall VR/AR Experience
*Additional jury prizes may be given out

6 Reviews

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    Jeremy Burgess

    Attended this past year on the heels of a screenplay finalist nomination and it was a fantastic experience. Went to the first and second weekend but not the few days in between. Saw some fantastic films and enjoyed meeting other writers and filmmakers at the happy hours. I'll be submitting again in the future in the hopes of returning often!

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Jeremy!

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    Jonathan Napolitano

    I had the pleasure of screening two films at Nashville since 2012. The festival is extremely organized and the parties are amazing. The turnout is impressive and it's based in Nashville obviously (which makes it lively and entertaining 24/7). If you get in - you have to experience it!

    June 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Jonathan! We appreciate it!

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    Ian Simpson

    Terrific screenplay competition alongside the film festival, probably not such an easy thing to juggle. The programmers are accessible and incredibly friendly (Josh was wonderful), and the entire thing runs like a perfectly organized, well-oiled machine. You really feel taken care of and valued. As someone who traveled from LA to the 2016 festival, I can say it was well-worth the trip--and I'd easily do it again.

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Appreciate it, Ian!

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    Nathan Ludwig

    We were finalists in the screenplay competition in 2014 and 2015 and they really treat you right here. All-access badge, awesome VIP lounge and your pick of amazing films to watch. Plus big time networking. Definitely recommended!

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words, Nathan!

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    Maggie Franks

    The inaugural Writers Conference went off without a hitch. And if there was one, we as writers were spared. This was one of the best festival experiences from start to finish. The entire staff was well-informed. The films, seminars, writers and filmmakers were consistent throughout the week. Congrats to Emily and Elizabeth for a phenomenal job. See you next year!

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Maggie!