Nashville Film Festival Announces Move to Fall in Anticipation of its 50th Year

The Nashville Film Festival is celebrating its 50th year with a move from Spring to the Fall, announcing the new dates for the 50th anniversary festival will take place from October 3-12, 2019.

The festival also announced the opening of the 2019 call for entries to films, screenplays and original songs. The competition offers over $85,000 in cash and prizes in dozens of categories, and in 2018, the film festival received more than 6,100 films and 1,500 screenplays, doubling the number of entries in just five years. More than 300 films were screened with nearly fifty percent of the films of international origin. Film and VR entries for the 2019 festival will close on May 31, 2019, and screenplay entries will close on May 30, 2019.

“As the Nashville Film Festival celebrates fifty years of engaging viewers with films of all kinds, we are excited to announce the festival’s move to a new time of year,” said Jim Scherer, Nashville Film Festival board president. “Not only is October the most beautiful time of year to visit Tennessee, the calendar move increases the opportunity for attendees to be the first to see what will be the year’s most talked about films at one of Nashville’s premier cultural events.”

In the last six years, the Nashville Film Festival has seen an increase in attendance of 45%, an increase in entries of 213% and an increase in revenue of 64%. The festival has also added a Screenwriting Competition, for which it received the Frist Foundation Revenue Development Award) and a pitch competition for filmmakers, screenwriters and book authors to pitch their ideas to agents, film buyers and distributors.


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