47th Annual

Nashville Film Festival

April 14, 2016 to April 23, 2016


Narrative Feature Competition


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
July 31, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Regular Deadline
September 30, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Late Deadline
November 30, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00
WAB Extended Deadline
January 8, 2016
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 85.00 80.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately February 26, 2016

Features: minimum 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2014

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

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Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List


Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Posters

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Grand Jury Prize
Selected by a jury of industry professionals, up to 15 films will compete for up to $4,000 in total cash & prizes in this category: a $3,000 base cash prize, with a $1,000 bonus if the winning director is in attendance at the Awards Ceremony and a $1,000 bonus if the film is a World or North American Premiere.
Cash Award Value: 4,000 U.S. Dollar

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Open to all narrative feature films selected for screening in the festival in all categories. Past winners of the Southwest Airlines Audience Award include "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," "Unfinished Song", "The Way Way Back," and "The Intouchables."
Sponsor:Southwest Airlines
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Music in a Narrative Feature Film
Recognizes particularly effective or innovative uses of music, whether through original score, imaginative musical arrangements, or song selection in a narrative feature film.

Best Actor & Actress
Selected by the jury, the Best Male and Female Performances receive special recognition.

Best Original Song
All feature films can submit songs that are originally written for the film. Songs previously written or recorded are not eligible in this category. The 2015 winner, selected by Brad Paisley and Pat Carney of The Black Keys, was Brian Wilson for "One Kind of Love," from "Love & Mercy."
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

-- Feature Films are 40 minutes or more in length.

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

-- Films by TN Filmmakers should enter the Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Competition for features.

-- Films that have shown theatrically with purchasable tickets or been broadcast on television in Tennessee prior to the Festival or are available for sale on DVD or VOD in any capacity are NOT eligible for competition. Cast/Crew or Family/Friend screenings do not disqualify film from entry.

-- Entries must have been completed after January 1, 2014. World or North American premieres get first preference. Next preference is given to films whose premieres occurred after May 1, 2015. However, films we really like, premiere status does not really matter.

-- We prefer to screen films via Vimeo links or other online screening format. We will accept DVD or BluRay. Multiple availability is best.

-- If you are burning a consumer disc, write your Project Title, Film ID# and Contact #, and runtime on the disc with a Sharpie pen. PLEASE test your consumer-burned DVD on several makes and models of players BEFORE sending it to our offices. We try to contact those with disc errors, but some may simply be disqualified if time becomes tight.

-- Works in progress are accepted but are not encouraged. Please only submit works in progress if close to the final deadline as we may not have time to view re-edited submissions.

-- You may submit multiple entries but you must complete an entry form and pay an entry fee for each film.

-- Entries from previous years are accepted IF significant changes have been made since the previous submission.

The individual or corporation submitting the film warrants that it is authorized to and, upon acceptance, can commit the film to three screenings at any time during the 2016 Nashville Film Festival, April 14-23, 2016 (NaFF). Selected entries must send festival exhibition copies on approved formats by March 30, 2016 - unless otherwise explicitly arranged. Accepted films that need to pull due to completion or scheduling issues MUST pull by March 15, 2015 or they WILL be screened as submitted.

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 during play on the festival circuit, or due to equipment error. Do not send original prints or master copies. Additionally, NaFF 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.

The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. 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. The Festival will pay the cost of shipping the print to the next destination. However, the Festival will not be responsible for unnecessary expedited or overnight shipping charges to other destinations.

Submission of an entry grants NaFF permission to have clips, stills and images from accepted works (including marketing material) locally telecast in part, and shown, either in part or whole, for educational or promotional purposes ONLY to NaFF stakeholders (sponsors, cultural partners, etc.).


-- Entry fee (Paid via Withoutabox. Films without entry fees may be deleted any time after 30 days of receipt of entry with no warning to the filmmaker.

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

--250 Word Synopsis (may be used for Festival Program and website)

--Selected entries must submit at least one digital hi-res still photo from the film and one digital hi-res headshot of the director(s) as well as a director biography / filmography. And at least one 72dpi still that is 560 pixels by 315 pixels.

-- No entry fees will be refunded if the disc or screener has been received in NaFF offices and has been through the pre-screening process.

Notification of Festival acceptance status will be given to all feature entrants on or around February 26, 2016.