Nashville Film Festival (NaFF)

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Nashville Film Festival (NaFF)
SINCE: 2003
WHERE: Nashville, Tennessee
WEBSITE: www.nashvillefilmfestival.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, NaFF was originally known as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration. Nearly 20 years later it was renamed as the Nashville Independent Film Festival and, later, the Nashville Film Festival in 2003. It was voted one of “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine and highlighted as One of the Best Film Festival Prizes by Film Festival Today. Brooks Institute named it one of the top 5 film festivals in the U.S.

Monument to Michael Jackson, Frame by Frame, Wins Grand Jury Prizes at 2015 Nashville Film Festival

Monument to Michael Jackson, Frame by Frame, Wins Grand Jury Prizes at 2015 Nashville Film Festival

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) 2015 announced the 46th Annual Competition Award winners, including Grand Jury Prizes to Monument to Michael Jackson (pictured above), Orion: The Man Who Would Be King and other notable films. Best Original Song went to Brian Wilson for “One Kind of Love” fromLove & Mercy. According to the jury, its palpable portrayal of a child torn between two worlds earned Daytimer the Live Action Short Grand Jury Prize. Bear Storyset […]

Nashville Film Festival Unveils Narrative and New Directors Competition Film Selections incl. World Premiere of UNDISCOVERED GYRL Starring Christian Slater, Justin Long, Martin Sheen

Nashville Film Festival Unveils Narrative and New Directors Competition Film Selections incl. World Premiere of UNDISCOVERED GYRL Starring Christian Slater, Justin Long, Martin Sheen

 Lee Ann Womack arrives for the Southeast Premiere of Noble Things at the 2009 Nashville Film Festival. Picture, from left, are Sallie Mayne, NaFF executive director, Womack, Stacy Widelitz, Naff board president, and Brian Owens, NaFF artistic director.

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) announced the film line-up for the Narrative and New Director Competitions, taking place April 17 – 26, 2014. NaFF has expanded to 10 days and two locations, with competition films, red carpet events, and opening and closing night parties at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 and free films nightly at the Nissan Multicultural Village at Walk of Fame Park, downtown Nashville.

Films include the World Premiere of UNDISCOVERED GYRL directed by Allison Burnett, and starring Britt Robertson, Robert Patrick, Christian Slater, Justin Long, Martin Sheen, Kimberly Williams-Paisley. UNDISCOVERED GYRL follows the life of Katie Kampenfelt, a beautiful, imaginative teen who, after graduating from high school, decides to take a year off before college. Almost immediately Katie’s life begins to veer off course. Through the prism of a blog she writes, the audience is given a rare, voyeuristic glimpse into the imagination, sexual yearnings, and haunted psyche of a soul in progress. 

Nashville Film Festival Announces Special Presentation, Opening Day and World Vanguard Films incl. World Premiere of THE IDENTICAL Starring Ashley Judd, Seth Green

Nashville Film Festival Announces Special Presentation, Opening Day and World Vanguard Films incl. World Premiere of THE IDENTICAL Starring Ashley Judd, Seth Green

 THE IDENTICAL directed by Dustin MarcellinoTHE IDENTICAL directed by Dustin Marcellino

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) announced the Special Presentations line-up for the 45th annual Festival, taking place April 17 to 26th 2014. Films on opening day include the World Premiere of THE IDENTICAL directed by Dustin Marcellino and starring Blake Rayne, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano, Amanda Crew, Brian Geraghty.  THE IDENTICAL is the story of a young couple, who give birth to identical twin boys in the depths of the Great Depression. Unable to care for both, the couple gives one son to be raised and adopted by an evangelist minister and his wife. The film tells the story of the separated twins, Drexel Hemsley and Ryan Wade, and the very different lives they lead–different except for a shared passion for music.  Other films include the Tennessee Premiere of  CHASING GHOSTS directed by Josh Shreve, and THE CASE AGAINST 8 directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White.

Brian Owens, NaFF’s Artistic Director, programmed Opening Day with Nashville in mind.  These are films made in or near the city, by a Tennessee filmmaker, or by a filmmaker well-loved by the NaFF festival audience.

‘After’ and ‘Beauty is Embarrassing’ open ‘BIG EASY EXPRESS’ and ‘Paul Williams Still Alive’ to close 2012 Nashville Film Festival

‘After’ and ‘Beauty is Embarrassing’ open ‘BIG EASY EXPRESS’ and ‘Paul Williams Still Alive’ to close 2012 Nashville Film Festival

Continuing a trend started several years ago, two films will officially open and close the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) when it takes place April 19-26, 2012 at the Regal Green Hills Cinemas. Previously announced official selection “Beauty is Embarrassing” and the World Premiere of “After” will share the opening honors, while recently announced selections “BIG EASY EXPRESS,” and “Paul Williams Still Alive” will close it out. Written and directed by Ryan Smith, “After “ tells […]

The First Grader, ‘Wish Me Away’ and “Most Valuable Players” Grab Audience Awards at 2011 Nashville Film Festival

The First Grader, ‘Wish Me Away’ and “Most Valuable Players” Grab Audience Awards at 2011 Nashville Film Festival

“The First Grader,” “Wish Me Away” and “Most Valuable Players” walked away with the two major audience awards, the latter two tying, at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) presented by Nissan closing night party at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville. Director Justin Chadwick’s “The First Grader,” the inspiring based-on-a-true story of an 84-year-old man who went back to primary school in Kenya, snagged the Southwest Airlines Audience Award for best narrative feature. “Wish Me […]

‘Weekend’ and ‘If a Tree Falls’ Win Top Prizes at 2011 Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan

‘Weekend’ and ‘If a Tree Falls’ Win Top Prizes at 2011 Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan

“Weekend,” Andrew Haigh’s unapologetic love story about two men in a weekend affair, and “If a Tree Falls,” Marshall Curry’s profile of environmentalists driven to extremes, captured the top jury prizes at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival (NaFF).  “Weekend” was awarded the Bridgestone Grand Jury Prize, the top narrative prize; “If a Tree Falls” received the Documentary Channel Grand Prize in the Documentary Competition. 2011 Nashville Film Festival Award Winners Narrative Competition Sponsored by Bridgestone […]

2011 Nashville Film Festival Announces Feature Films in Competition

2011 Nashville Film Festival Announces Feature Films in Competition

Major award winners from both the 2010 Cannes and 2011 Sundance Film Festivals will headline the World Cinema and competition lineups for the 2011 Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) presented by Nissan when it takes place April 14-21 at the Regal Green Hills Cinemas in Nashville, Tennessee. Winner of the Palm d’Or at Cannes, Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” a natural, free-wheeling, pensive and dryly funny film combining Buddhist […]