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July 3, 2014

NaFF film Festival launches open call for film entries

Nashville, TN: The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the official Call for Entries for the Nashville Film Festival Film Competition. The call closes January 14, 2015 and will attract some 3,500 entries in its 46th year. Selected films will be announced prior to the Festival in February and March. Winners, who are eligible for some $54,000 in cash and prizes, will be announced at the Nashville Film Festival, April 16 – 25th, 2015.

During the 10-day festival, at Regal Green Hills Cinema, NaFF will screen about 250 of the films selected from the film entries.

“We are expecting to break records in the number of entries. “NaFF is now an Academy Award qualifying festival in the documentary short category, meaning winning short docs under 40 minutes are eligible for Oscars consideration.” NaFF is already an Academy Award® Qualifying event for narrative short films and animated short films. NaFF is one of only 16 Film Festivals in the world to have this designation in all three short film categories,” said Brian Owens, NaFF Artistic Director.

In addition, NaFF announced two new categories of entry for the 2015 festival. The Graveyard Shift Feature and Graveyard Shift Short categories will award cash prizes to the best in genre cinema – horror, science fiction, over-the-top comedy and action films or generally weird mind-blowing features and shorts that will leave audiences squirming, screaming or scratching their heads. The addition of these categories make NaFF one of few mainstream festivals that offer cash prizes to genre creations.

“NaFF now has an international reputation as one of the best film festivals to enter.  “That’s due, in large part, to the hard work of Brian and his team, and our reputation among filmmakers that winning at NaFF can be career-making. They also like the fact that NaFF and Nashville are a lot of fun. Nashville’s great food, music and entertainment keeps ‘em coming back,” said Ted Crockett, Executive Director.

Deadlines for the competition are: Early Bird, 7/16; Regular 9/24; Late 11/26, and; Extended 1/14. Categories include: Narrative Feature, New Directors of Narrative Features, Documentary, Music Films, Tennessee Filmmakers, Best Narrative-Short, Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Experimental Short, Best College Student Short, Best Young Filmmaker Short. More information at:

Nashville-Film-Festival1-475x288Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), April 16 – 25, 2015, will be presented by Nissan, brings the world to Nashville in a 10-day celebration of film. In 2015, NaFF celebrates its 46th Anniversary. NaFF is attended by more than 30,000 filmmakers, actors, and film fans who attend over 250 films from 50 countries, in addition to red carpets, parties, and workshops. A Nashville institution, it celebrates the diversity of the human voice and vision with special programming for Latino, Black, GLBT, families, and Jewish film, in addition to the role of music in film. Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, it is one of the oldest and largest film festivals in the U.S. As an Academy Award Qualifying Event, NaFF draws filmmakers and celebrity guests to its red carpet at the Regal Green Hills. The Festival annually garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine, Film Festival Today, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine.

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