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Nashville Film Festival opens call for screenwriting entries

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Nashville, TN:  The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the Call for Entries is open for the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition with over 60,000 in cash and prizes. The competition will close January 14, 2015. The Official Award Ceremony takes place at the 46th Annual Nashville Film Festival, April 16 – 25th.

The NaFF Screenwriting Competition stands out in the industry because it names winners and runners-up in short script categories, as well as feature-length categories. It also awards teleplays in both drama and comedy categories. In all, NaFF awards in 20 categories, including a special category for Tennessee and young screenwriters. NaFF also grants semifinalists and finalists silver laminates to the festival. In all, some 216 up-and-coming screenwriters and their guests will have access to the events at NaFF 2015. NaFF’s intentions for these screenwriters reaches beyond the festival.

“Our goal,” said Ted Crockett, Executive Director, “is to find talented writers of exciting scripts and put those scripts in front of our friends in the film industry. NaFF has been around for 46 years, and we’ve developed great relationships with studios and industry insiders who can help these writers get their scripts made into the films we all see. We’re all about the deal.”

Noteworthy winning scripts will be read by celebrated industry executives and studios. In 2014, top scripts were read by Tom Pollock’s Montecito Pictures, Blossom Films, Nicole Kidman’s Academy-Award nominated production company, noted casting director Laray Mayfield, famed limit-breaking director/producer Harmony Korine, and Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films, the faith/family and inspirational label of Sony Picture Entertainment.

“This is a major competition that will draw entries from all over the world,” said Crockett. In its first year, the screenwriting competition received 1,531 scripts. Deadlines for entry are: Early Bird: 7/16 ($25 fee); Regular 9/24 ($35 fee); Late 11/26 ($45 fee); Extended 1/14 ($55 fee).

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) for 2015  will be presented by Nissan, brings the world to Nashville in a 10-day celebration of film. In 2015, NaFF celebrates its 46thAnniversary. 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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