49th Annual

Nashville Film Festival

May 10, 2018 to May 19, 2018


Episodic Competition - Short Form


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
July 28, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Regular Deadline
September 29, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Late Deadline
December 1, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
WAB Extended Deadline
January 12, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00

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

Category Details

Approximately March 5, 2018

Shorts: From 30 minutes to 30 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2016

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
Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

Do not submit a press kit.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Grand Jury Prize
Selected by a jury of industry professionals, the winning project receives a $500 cash prize.
Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

-- Maximum runtime of an entry in this category is 30 minutes.

-- Maximum number of episodes is 3. (If your series has five minute episodes, you can submit 15 minutes of material. If your series has 30 minutes episodes, you may submit 1 episode. If you would like to submit your entire season for consideration your season runs longer than 30 minutes, you should submit in Episodic Competition - Long Form).

-- If selected, at least ONE episode screened at the festival should not be aired or published prior to May 10, 2018.

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

-- We prefer to pre-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 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.

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 February 26, 2018.