50th Annual

Nashville Film Festival

October 03, 2019 to October 12, 2019


New Directors Competition


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
September 30, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Regular Deadline
February 28, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00
Late Deadline
April 30, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 80.00 75.00
WAB Extended Deadline
May 31, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 85.00

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

Category Details

Approximately July 10, 2019

Features: minimum 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2018

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Projects must be a premiere in TN

Projects may have distribution


Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
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Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List


Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is requested but not required, including:

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Grand Jury Prize
9 films by first time feature filmmakers will be selected to compete for up to $4,000 in cash. $2,000 will be given to the Grand Jury Prize Winner, with a $1,000 bonus given if the filmmaker is in attendance to receive the award and an additional $1,000 bonus if the film is either a World or North American Premiere at the 2019 NashFilm. Non-cash prizes for acting, writing and music may also be given. Selected American films will be eligible for the VER Award for Best Cinematography, which includes a $10,000 equipment rental package.
Cash Award Value: 4,000 U.S. Dollar
Value of Goods/Services: 10,000 U.S. Dollar

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 Tennessee First 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, 2018. World or North American premieres get first preference. Next preference is given to films whose premieres occurred after September 1, 2018. However, films we really like, premiere status does not really matter.

-- We prefer to pre-screen films via Vimeo links or other online screening format. We will accept DVD or BluRay.

-- If you are burning a consumer disc, write your Project Title, Film ID# and Contact #, and runtime 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. 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.

-- Due to the large number of entries received, not all films will be viewed in their entirety before decisions are made. Short films are viewed in groups of three or more before an up or down decision is made in the initial viewing round. Not all of our screeners and programmers are based in Tennessee

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 2018 Nashville Film Festival, May 10-19, 2018 (NashFilm). Selected entries must send festival exhibition copies on approved formats by March 30, 2018 - unless otherwise explicitly arranged. Accepted films that need to pull due to completion or scheduling issues MUST pull by March 15, 2018 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, 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.

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. In most cases, NashFilm 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, jurors 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 June 28, 2019.