48th Annual

Nashville Film Festival

April 20, 2017 to April 29, 2017

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature Competition
15 films 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 2017 Nashville Film Festival.

Each film with an attending qualified representative (director, producer or lead actor) will receive a $450 travel stipend upon arrival to the 2017 festival. One check per film.

Additional non-cash prizes are available for acting, music, original song and more.
New Directors Competition
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 2017 NashFilm.
Documentary Feature Competition
Documentaries about music or musicians should enter Music Films/Music City.

15 non-fiction films 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 2017 NashFilm.

Each film with an attending qualified representative (director, producer or lead actor) will receive a $450 travel stipend upon arrival to the 2017 festival. One check per film.
Music Films / Music City Competition
9 non-fiction films about music, musicians or the impact of music will be selected to compete for up to $4,000 in cash & prizes. $2,000 will be awarded 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 2017 NashFIlm.
Tennessee First Feature Competition
The Tennessee First Competition is open to feature films (over 40 minutes) that meet two of the three following criteria:
1 - The Director is a Tennessee Resident
2 - The Producer or Screenwriter is a Tennessee Resident
3 - At least 65% of the film is shot in Tennessee.

Films submitted in this category MUST be Tennessee Premieres.

The winning film receives a $1,000 cash prize.
Graveyard Shift Feature Competition
At least 6 films will be selected to compete for a $1,000 cash prize in this category for the best in "genre cinema." NashFilm seeks horror, sci-fi, action and films that are generally over-the-top, shocking and strange.
Animated Feature Competition
At least 4 Animated Feature Films will be selected for competition with the winner receiving a $1,000 cash prize. To qualify for this category a minimum of 75% of the film's running time must be animated.
Narrative Shorts Competition
International competition for Live Action narrative films under 40 minutes in length. The Grand Jury Prize-winning film will be eligible for Academy Award™ consideration, assuming it meets all other eligibility requirements and will receive a $500 cash prize.

There are two additional $500 cash prizes for Best US Narrative Short and Best International Narrative Short.
Animated Shorts Competition
International competition for Animated films under 40 minutes in length. The winning film will be eligible for Academy Award™ consideration, assuming it meets all other eligibility requirements and receives a $500 cash prize.
Documentary Shorts Competition
International competition for non-fiction films under 40 minutes in length. The winning film will be eligible for Academy Award™ consideration, assuming it meets all other eligibility requirements. Additionally, a $500 cash prize is offered.
Experimental Shorts Competition
International competition for experimental non-narrative films under 40 minutes in length. The winning film receives a $500 cash prize.
College Student Shorts Competition
PROOF OF STUDENT STATUS REQUIRED.
International competition for college student (undergraduate or graduate) narrative, non-fiction and animated films under 40 minutes in length. (Students at Tennessee Colleges or Universities should enter TN First Student Shorts.) Selected films are also eligible in their overall category. For instance, if your student animation is selected, you are eligible for this prize AND the prize for Best Animated Short. The winning film receives a $500 cash prize.
Tennessee First Shorts Competition
Students in Tennessee colleges and universities should enter the Tennessee First Student Shorts Competition.

A competition for narrative, non-fiction and animated films under 40 minutes in length that meet at least two of the three following criteria.
1 - The Director is a Tennessee Resident
2 - The Producer or Screenwriter is a Tennessee Resident
3 - At least 65% of the film is shot in Tennessee.

In order to be eligible for prizes, the film MUST NOT have screened theatrically or at a festival in Middle Tennessee prior to the 2017 Nashville Film Festival. Films that have shown may be selected for screening, they would, however, not be in competition.

Selected films are also eligible in their overall category. For instance, if your Tennessee short documentary is selected, you are eligible for this prize AND the prize for Best Documentary Short.

The winning film receives a $500 cash prize.

Students at Tennessee Colleges or Universities should enter TN First Student Shorts.
Graveyard Shift Shorts
Graveyard Shift Shorts is a category to celebrate genre shorts. Makers of horror shorts, sci fi shorts, outrageous gross-out comedy shorts, over-the-top action shorts or shorts that just really mess with audiences minds - you have found your home at a mainstream film festival.

In it's inaugural year, over 70 entries were received and the winner was "Alone," directed by Didier Philippe.
Tennessee First Student Shorts Competition
PROOF OF STUDENT STATUS REQUIRED.
A competition for narrative, non-fiction and animated student films under 40 minutes in length made by students at a Tennessee college or university.

In order to be eligible for prizes, the film MUST NOT have screened theatrically or at a festival in Middle Tennessee prior to the 2017 Nashville Film Festival. Films that have shown may be selected for screening, they would, however, not be in competition. This does not apply to school screenings in an on-campus theater.

Selected films will also be eligible in their overall category. For instance, if your Tennessee student short documentary is selected, you are eligible for this prize, the College Student prize AND the prize for Best Documentary Short.

The winning film receives a $500 cash prize.
Young Filmmakers Competition
An international competition for narrative, non-fiction and animated films under 40 minutes in length created by filmmakers aged 18 and under. PROOF OF AGE IS REQUIRED.

The winning filmmaker receives the offer of a $5,000-per- year scholarship to Watkins College of Art, Design and Film valued at up to $20,000.

Films submitted without proof of age will be moved to another appropriate category and may require additional entry fees.
Episodic Competition
A competition for material created for any medium including television, streaming and internet. The maximum runtime of the submission is 60 minutes AND a maximum of three episodes may be submitted.

If accepted, at least one episode MUST be a premier (not published or aired).

The winning project receives a $500 cash prize.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

NaFF amplifies our collective and individual awareness by bringing the world to Nashville to celebrate innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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.

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.

Presenting the best films by veteran masters, up-and-coming and first-time filmmakers, NaFF has hosted numerous films that have won the highest honors in the film world, from major festival prizewinners to Academy Award winners to indie box office hits. Hit films screened in the past few years include: "Sing Street," "Weiner", "Love & Friendship," "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," "I'll See You in My Dreams," "Ida," "Mud", "Stories We Tell," "The Way, Way Back", and "The Spectacular Now."

Filmmakers and celebrities from across the country and around the world attend the festival every year. Guests in just the past few years include: Nicole Kidman, Carrie Preston, Kris Kristofferson, Harmony Korine, Ashely Judd, Seth Green, Ray Liotta, Lizzy Caplan, Brie Larson, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, William Shatner, Hal Holbrook, Al Gore, Vincent D'Onofrio, Craig Brewer.


ORGANIZERS

Brian Owens (Artistic Director); Nashville admin (Administration); Programming Assistant (Programming Assistant); Programming Intern (Programming Intern); Ted Crockett (Administration); Wm. Brian Owens

GENERAL RULES

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

-- Films that have shown theatrically or been broadcast on television in Nashville prior to the Festival or are available for sale on DVD or VOD are not eligible for consideration. Additional cash and non-cash prizes are eligible in many categories for films that elect to have their World or North American Premieres at the 2017 festival.

-- Entries must not have been publicly shown before January 1, 2015. Preference will be given to feature film that premiered after May 1, 2016.

-- Entries must be submitted for pre-screening on DVD or BluRay. (Region 1 or 0 Standard), online on WAB or through a Vimeo link or some other online format. If you use a Vimeo link, you are REQUIRED to keep us updated with passwords or your film may be rejected. If you choose to send a hard copy, we ask that you use recyclable packaging.

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

-- 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.

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.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The individual or corporation submitting this film additionally grants the Nashville Film Festival the right to up to three public screenings of the entry during the dates of April 20-29, 2017.

IMPORTANT: Entries that are not completed or available for screening MUST pull their entry prior to March 15, 2017 or the film will be screened as entered.

Nashville Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Nashville Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening copies or files.