WELCOME to the 7th Annual TENNESSEE INTERNATIONAL INDIE FILM FESTIVAL. We begin year 7 with the same committed staff, the same type of visionary filmmakers and all of our sponsors who continue to support our mission.."To attract the best in Independent film, to screen and celebrate this work."
TIIFF will be held at the restored Franklin Theater in Historic Franklin,TN.
Franklin is known as a beautiful & historic town in the greater Nashville metropolitan area. It is listed as one of the top places in the United States to live and work.
Filmmakers, celebrities and audiences alike will enjoy the ambiance, fraternity, and social experience that comes with a six day film festival and we are experts.
There is plenty of space for the terrific film programming as well as panels/diescussions with filmmakers and networking events. Our industry panels will be inspiring; presented with great confidence and include international participation.
In addition there will be music entertainment. We are part of the Music City experience, after all.. There will be an opening night feature film and red carpet event free to our filmmakers and our parntership with the Memphis Music Banq brings more oppertunities to showcase that relationship.
Tennessee is consistently in the top ten as far as film/media/entertainment industry jobs and definitely worth a visit to see what and where the opportunities are.
Whether attending the festival with your latest film or planning your next film project, we will introduce you to the filmmakers, film workers, and an enthusiastic audience members ready to welcome you, and our community is ready to celebrate your work. The competition is open to U.S. and International entries.
Please check individual categories for additional requirements.
General Short Films "runtime" will be under 39 minutes. Special permission can be requested.
Feature Films "runtime" will be more than 41 minutes and less than 115 minutes. Special permission can be requested if your film exceeds that runtime.
Student Films "runtime" will be under 20 minutes.
General short film genre will be 39 minutes or less.
Our Film Industry panels in the past have included: GET A GRIP!, Write your best story, Tips & Trade Secrets, The Female Gaze, Is there a Doc in the House, Name that Tune, Music Composing & Licensing. Check our website for details of any upcoming events and then come out and join us.
For special requests please contact us. (festivaldirector@tiiff.org) 615-567-3771
Tickets will be sold through Film Freeway in advance.
Thank you.

Awards will be presented.
Winners may be selected in the following categories:
Best of the Fest
Tennessee Spirit Award
Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Animated Film
Community Activism Award
Best Music Feature Film
Best International Feature Film
Best Music Short -
Best Documentary Short (30 minutes or less)
Community Activism Award
Best New Media - episodic
Best Student Film
Best Short International Film -
Best Inspirational or Purpose Film
Women in Film X Award
Awards will be presented at the closing night awards party August 6, 2023

By entering the Tennessee International Indie Film Festival (TIIFF) competition you agree to the following conditions:
Entrants must be 18 years or over or include verifiable permission from parent or guardian
Our Competition is open to residents of the United States and all countries unless otherwise stated.
Competition is not available to TIIFF staff or their immediate families
Entries are generally limited to one per filmmaker unless they are individual episodes of a web series and will be accepted for adjutication and each episode will have a runtime of 30 minutes length or less for this genre.
Each entry must be accompanied by the required entry/submission fee.
End date is specified on individual competition.
TIIFF reserves the right to amend the end date at any time.
By entering the TIIFF competition, the winner agrees to participate in promotional activity where required.By entering the competition the winner agrees to allow TIIFF to utilize the film's promotional materials and the film. Award certificates or prizes are non transferrable to another person
TRAVEL/PER DIEM Costs are NOT included for TIIFF 2023 though we hope in future years to help defray expenses incurred with attending our event.
If the advertised prize becomes unavailable, FIIFF reserves the right to replace. This festival competition is managed and directed by TIIFF, WCCAC-TN, and Women in Film Exchange.
By submitting your project to TIIFF you agree to be contacted for promotional purposes.
No personal data will be shared with third parties unless stated otherwise.
TIIFF reserves the right to amend the competitions at any time.
Notifications will be sent in a timely manner after conclusion of our festival.
Entrant agrees to submit entries that are her/his own original work. Competition entrant must not violate, plagiarize, or infringe any copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, privacy and publicity, personal or proprietary rights.
All music and score must be original or legally cleared.
When "Entrant" submits a project, they agree to allow TIIFF to use the material in a reasonable way on a fee-free basis in any media throughout the world.
Any copyright in the contribution will remain with the Entrant and this permission is not exclusive, including the entrant allowing another to use it.

Overall Rating
  • Ryan Reece

    Such a great festival. So many nice people and a wide variety of quality films! Would absolutely recommend this festival.

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind wirds. We aim to continue to work hard for filmmakers and audiences alike. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!!

  • Sarah Michele

    What a fun, classy experience this was! The venue was stunning and comfortable, the staff was kind and informative, and the films we got to see were fantastic. We will be returning to this festival even if we don't have a film to submit!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words. We love building this festival. The accessiblity to talented filmmakers such as yourself is the greatest plus. We look forward to seeing you at the historic Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin next year!

  • Tammy Salzl

    TIIFF is a wonderful festival! Very professionally organized throughout and there was great selection of diverse films. The director is passionate about filmmakers and the films they make, and we were given a truly warm welcome. The panels were excellent and we loved all the live music performances. The awards ceremony was lively and fun and we left feeling like part of the family.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    We appreciate very much your making the trek from Canada to Nashville. Your film SPOTS was such a stand out. We loved meeting you and appreciate your and Rowen's friendly demeanor to all with whom you came in contact. I look forwrd to seeing you again in the future. Best Wishes.


    The TIIFF was awesome! It was a very friendly and inviting experience in an excellent venue. A passion for filmmakers and the work we do was well recognized by the festival's staff and patrons.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words which are highly appreciated. Thank you for bringing your beautiful film to TIIFF. It was a thoughtful, well crafted film and we enjoyed it. Best of luck on your future projects

  • Catharine Warren

    TIIFF was an amazing experience!!! They go over and beyond the call of duty to provide the festival participants with excellent panels, films, red carpets, meet & greet, and award ceremony. The people we met and connected with were so beneficial and we appreciate all the festival did to make it happen.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    We appreciate your suppport of our festival with your kind words. Your contribution with "Into the Spotlight" will be remembered. It was such a wonderful film . Best wishes and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.