Nashville Film Festival

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The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), held annually in Nashville, Tennessee, is the oldest running film festival in the South and one of the oldest in the United States.[1] In 2009, Nashville Film Festival received close to 2000 submissions from 86 countries, programmed nearly 260 films and had an attendance of almost 23,000. In addition to eight days of film screenings, the festival provides industry panels, music showcases, parties and receptions, and workshops.[2] The Nashville Film Festival is also an Academy Awards qualifying festival.[3]

Program and focus[edit]

Films shown at the Nashville Film Festival include narrative features, short films, and documentaries. They cross all genres including drama, comedy, family, experimental, and animation. The festival partners with numerous local cultural and ethnic groups.

Because Nashville is known as "Music City," one focus of the festival is the "Music Films in Music City" section. In addition to films about music, attention to music in films, and the Music Films in Music City awards, NaFF presents showcases, workshops, and other events bringing songwriters, artists, and music industry insiders together with film professionals to promote collaboration.[4]

Nashville Film Festival, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, also provides year-round outreach efforts with programs for senior citizens, challenged teens, and high school and college-age filmmakers. These programs include lectures and screenings at elementary, middle and high schools, colleges, museums, libraries and community centers. NaFF also oversees the Young Filmmakers Program designed to teach teens filmmaking skills.

History[edit]

Founder Mary Jane Coleman began the Sinking Creek Film Celebration in East Tennessee in 1969.[1] The festival was later moved to Nashville. In 1998, the name was changed to the Nashville Independent Film Festival and shortened to Nashville Film Festival in 2003. NaFF's attendance numbers doubled between 2003 and 2007. It is currently held at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tennessee.[2][4][5]

Accolades[edit]

Nashville Film Festival was voted as one of "20 film festivals worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker Magazine and highlighted for "One of the Best Film Festival Prizes" by Film Festival Today.

2010 Nashville Film Festival Awards[edit]

In 2010 edition, the following prizes have been assigned.[6]

Features[edit]

Category Winner Movie
Bridgestone Narrative Competition Grand Jury Prize Valeriy Todorovskiy Hipsters
Bridgestone Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor in Narrative Feature Anton Shagin Hipsters
Bridgestone Grand Jury Prize for Best Actress in Narrative Feature Paprika Steen Applause
Southwest Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Radu Mihaileanu The Concert
Documentary Channel Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature Marshall Curry Racing Dreams
Documentary Channel Audience Award for Best Documentary Jim Bigham For Once in My Life
Leanne Pooley The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
New Directors Competition Grand Jury Prize Michael Mohan One Too Many Mornings
New Directors Competition Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor Anthony Deptula One Too Many Mornings
New Directors Competition Grand Jury Prize for Best Actress Eileen Nicholas Bomber
Gibson Impact of Music Award Jim Bigham For Once in My Life
Naxos Award for Best Music in A Feature Film Konstantin Meladze Hipsters
Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Feature Brent Stewart The Colonel's Bride
Bridgestone Narrative Competition Grand Jury Prize - Honorable Mention Bruce Webb The Be All and End All
Documentary Channel Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature - Honorable Mention Taggart Siegel Queen of the Sun
New Directors Grand Jury Prize - Honorable Mention Paul Cotter Bomber
Gibson Impact of Music Award - Honorable Mention Bruce Bryant For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair
Bridgestone Narrative Competition Grand Jury Prize - Honorable Mention Bruce Webb The Be All and End All

Shorts[edit]

Category Winner Movie
Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Narrative Short Clay Jeter 5 Dollars
Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Documentary Short Jonathan Epstein I Am A Man: from Memphis, A Lesson in Life
Documentary Channel Award for Best Short Documentary Tim Rauch and Mike Rauch Q&A
Documentary Channel Award for Best Short Documentary - Honorable Mention T.G. Herrington Mr. Okra
Vanderbilt Golden Opportunity Award for Best College Student Short Giacomo Cimini The City in the Sky
Vanderbilt Golden Opportunity Award for Best College Student Short - Honorable Mention Michael Rochford Carpet Kingdom
Best Animated Short Chris Landreth The Spine
Best Animated Short - Honorable Mention Nick Cross Yellow Cake
Best Experimental Short Joseph Ernst Feeder
Best Live Action Short Jamie Travis The Armoire
Best Live Action Short - Honorable Mention Roland Honeycutt Jr. Dwight David Honeycutt for Conway School Board
Best Young Filmmaker Edward Heffernan The Letter

Special[edit]

Category Winner Movie
Special Jury Prize for Remarkably Weaving Documentary and Narrative Footage into a Subtly Moving Whole Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew The Athlete (Atletu)
Special Jury Prize for Bravery in Storytelling Dean Hamer Out in the Silence
Special Jury Prize for Artistic Perseverance through Commercial Adversities Clark Stiles Don't Quit Your Daydream
NAHCC Award for Best Hispanic Filmmaker Javier Fuentes-León Undertow
Best GLBT Film Leanne Pooley The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
Mike Curb Career Achievement Award for Film Music Carter Burwell
2010 President's Impact Award Adrian Grenier
Coleman Sinking Creek Award Steve James
Governor's Award Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Nashville Public Television Human Spirit Award Peter Wiedensmith Raw Faith
Rosetta Miller-Perry Award for Best Black Filmmaker Mario Van Peebles Black, White and Blues
Best Film by a Woman Director Jac Schaeffer TiMER
Film Musicians Secondary Market Fund Best Director/Composer Collaboration Mario Van Peebles/Tree Adams Black, White and Blues

Recent Nashville Film Festival Award winners[edit]

Feature[edit]

Regal Cinemas / Nashville Film Festival Dreammaker Award
Year Film Director
2009 Make-out with Violence The Deagol Brothers
2008 Two embraces Enrique Begne
2007 Small engine repair Niall Heery
2006 Almost heaven Ed Herzog
2005 Midwinter Night's Dream Goran Paskaljevic
2004 Take Out Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou
Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature
Year Film Director
2009 That Evening Sun Scott Teems
2008 Cook County David Pomes
2007 Randy and the Mob Ray McKinnon
2006 Live and Become Radu Mihaileanu
2005 The Aryan Couple John Daly
Hustle & Flow Craig Brewer
Loggerheads Tim Kirkman
The Thing About My Folks Raymond De Felitta
2004 Saved! Brian Dannelly
Best Documentary Feature
Year Film Director
2009 Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's Intimacies Yulene Olaizola
2008 Shake the Devil off Peter Entell
2007 Banished Marco Williams
2006 The Trials Of Darryl Hunt Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg
A lion in the house Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
2005 The Real Dirt on Farmer John Taggart Siegel
2004 Born into Brothels Ross Kauffman, Zana Briski
Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature
Year Film Director
2009 Rock Prophecies John Chester
2008 Sons of Lwala Barry Simmons
2007 The Clinton 12 Keith McDaniel
2006 Chances: The Women of Magdalene Tom Neff
2005 Cowboy Jack's Home Movies (or, Shakespeare was a big George Jones fan) Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
2004 Born into Brothels Ross Kauffman, Zana Briski
Best Music In a Narrative Feature Film
Year Performers Film Director
2009 The Non-Commissioned Officers Make-out with Violence The Deagol Brothers
2008 Jessica Fogle, Cory James Krueckeberg and Tim Sandusky Were the World Mine Tom Gustafson
2007 John Swihart Randy and the mob Ray McKinnon
2006 Sweet Land Ali Selim
2005 Hank Williams First Nation Aaron James Sorensen
2004 One Last Dance Stacy Widelitz
Impact of Music Award
Year Film Director
2009 Youssou Ndour: I bring what I Love Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
2008 Young@Heart Stephen Walker
2007 Gypsy Caravan Jasmine Dellal
2006 The Refugee All-Stars Zach Niles, Banker White
2005 Rhythm Is It! Thomas Grube & Enrique Sanchez Lansch
2004 Give me your hand Heddy Honigmann
Tennessee Independent Spirit Award for the Best Feature-Length Film Directed By a Tennessee Resident
Year Film Director
2009 Make-utu with Violence The Deagol Brothers
2008 Sons of Lwala Barry Simmons
2007 Adrenaline Robert S. Lynn
2006 Chances: The Women of Magdalene Tom Neff
2005 Cowboy Jack's Home Movies (or, Shakespeare was a big George Jones fan) Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
2004 The Royal Academy Tony Cane-Honeysett

Shorts[edit]

Best Narrative Short
Year Film Director
2013 Hatch Christoph Kuschnig
2012 Curfew Shawn Christensen
2011 Mary Last Seen Sean Durkin
2010 The Armoire Jamie Travis
2009 Next Floor Denis Villeneuve
2008 I love Sarah Jane Spencer Susser
2007 The Last Dog in Rwanda Jens Assur
2006 Doll no. 639 Andras György Desi
2005 In the morning Danielle Lurie
2004 Deep Silence Gustavo Loza
Best Animated Short
Year Film Director
2009 I Am So Proud Of You Don Hertzfeldt
2008 Madame Tutli-Putli Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowksi
2007 Dreams and Desires- Family Ties Joanna Quinn
2006 City Paradise Gaelle Denis
2005 The Tree Officer Neil Jack
2004 Hello Jonathon Nix
Best Documentary Short
Year Film Director
2009 The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 Adam Pertofsky
2008 My olympic summer Daniel Robin
2007 Fighting Cholitas Mariam Jobrani
2006 The Tribe Tiffany Shlain
2005 Small Town Secrets Katherine Legget
2004 African American Askia Holloway
Best Experimental Short
Year Film Director
2009 Hallelujah! Gorilla revival Jason LaRay Keener, Jeremiah Ledbetter
2008 SEVILLA --> ∞ 06 Olivo Barbieri
2007 3 Minutes Christopher Brunner
2006 Careless Reef - Abu Kifan Gerard Holthuis
2005 Layette Ariana Gerstein
2004 Papillon d'amour Nicolas Provost
Golden Opportunity Award for Best College Student Short
Year Film Director
2009 Walnut Amy Gebhardt
2008 The Execution of Solomon Harris Wyatt Garfield & Ed Yonaitis
2007 Bitch Lilah Vandenburgh
2006 Lucky Avie Luthra
2005 Victoria para Chino Cary Fukunaga
2004 Savior Erla Skuladottir
Best College Student Animation
Year Film Director
2007 The Wraith of Cobble Hill Adam Parrish King
2006 She She She She's a Bombshell Ben Levin
2005 Backseat Bingo Liz Blazer
2004 Pedantphilia Sandra Cheng
Best Young Filmmaker
Year Film Director
2009 Eye for an eye Arni Beinteinn Arnason
2008 Western spaghetti Joseph Procopio
2007 Drive Joseph Procopio
2006 Shoes Jake Sawyer
2005 And then everything I saw, I liked Ariel Jackson, Ashley Rutledge, Emily Brisbon
2004 Jai-Yen: Cool Heart Daniel Howard
Tennessee Independent Spirit Award for the Best Short-Form Directed By a Tennessee Resident
Year Film Director
2009 Jennifer Stewart Copeland
2008 Blindsided Drew Langer

Music videos[edit]

Best Music Video by a Nashville Filmmaker
Year Film Director
2007 You don't know me Jason Satterlund
2006 Apparitions of melody - Kids in the way Blake McClure & The Brads
2005 When I think about cheatin' Robert Deaton, George Flanigen & Marc Oswald
Best Music Video by a Non-Nashville Filmmaker
Year Film Director
2007 Jumbo in the modernworld minivegas
2006 When in Rome Nickel Creek, Dir. Dean Karr
2005 Whiskey Lullaby Rick Schroder
Best Music Video
Year Film Director
2004 100 Years Five for Fighting, Dir. Trey Fanjoy
Music Video Audience Award
Year Film Director
2005 Mercy Now Mary Gauthier, Dir. Demetria Kalodimos
2004 100 Years Five for Fighting, Dir. Trey Fanjoy
Best use of coffee in a scene
Year Film Director
2004 Mother May-o Wes Edwards

Special[edit]

REEL Current Award
Year Film Director
2009 Garbage Dreams Mai Iskander
2008 Mountain Top Removal Michael O'Connell
2007 Manufactured Landscapes Jennifer Baichwal
2005 The Real Dirt on Farmer John Taggart Siegel
Nashville Public Television (NPT) Human Spirit Award
Year Film Director
2009 Crude Joe Berlinger
2008 Sons of Lwala Barry Simmons
2007 The Clinton 12 Keith McDaniel
Lonely Seal Releasing Feature Film Award
Year Film Director
2008 Eden court Paul Leuer


Rosetta Miller Perry Award for the Best Film By A Black Filmmaker
Year Film Director
2009 Gospel Hill Giancarlo Esposito
2008 The Black List Elvis Mitchell
2007 Matthew Kennedy: one man's journey Nina Kennedy
Best Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgendered (GLBT) Film Award
Year Film Director
2009 The Baby Formula Alison Reid
2008 Were the World Mine Tom Gustafson
The Manual Sophie Gregg
Best Hispanic Filmmaker Award
Year Film Director
2009 Hands of Abel Victor Barcena
Women In Film & Television Award For Best Film Directed By A Woman
Year Film Director
2009 Shakespeare and Victor Hugo's intimacies Yulene Olaizola
2008 Taking root: the vision of Wangari Maathai Lisa Merton & Alan Dater
Best Cinematography in a Feature Film
Year Film Director
2009 Seamus Tierney, the Narrows Francois Velle
2008 Tracing Cowboys David Morrison
2007 The hip hop project Ari Issler and Matt Ruskin
Special Jury Prize for Acting Ensemble
Year Winner Film
2009 cast of Children of Invention Children of Invention
Special Jury Prize for Acting
Year Winner Film
2009 Vincent D'Onofrio The Narrows
Special Jury Prize for Experimental Narrative
Year Film Director
2009 Afterschool Antonio Campos
Special Jury Prize for Bravery in Storytelling
Year Film Director
2009 Prodigal Sons Kimberly Reed
Lifetime Achievement Award
Year Winner
2009 Hal Holbrook
2008 Patricia Neal
President's Award
Year Winner
2009 William Shatner
2008 Kimberly Williams-Paisley
2007 Lawrence Bender
2005 Rick Wakeman
2004 Rick Schroder
Governor's Award
Year Winner
2009 Dixie Carter
2008 William H. Macy
2007 Steve Oedekerk
2005 Cary Brokaw
Coleman Sinking Creek Award
Year Winner
2009 Les Blank

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