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Mar 18, 2016

Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition


The 47th annual Nashville Film Festival is proud to open its call for entries for the 2016 Screenwriting contest. With over $90,000 in cash and prizes and potential exposure to celebrated industry executives and studios, the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is an incredible opportunity for talented writers to get their scripts discovered.


The NaFF Screenwriting Competition offers cash and prizes, including NaFF Festival Gold Laminates to finalists and Silver Laminates to semi-finalists.


Cash Awards:  

  • Grand Prize (All Feature Categories) $2,000 
  • Grand Prize (All Short Categories) $1,000
  • Feature - Drama: $500
  • Feature - Comedy $500 
  • Feature - Action/Adventure $250
  • Feature - Family/Animation $250
  • Feature - Historical Film $250
  • Feature - Inspirational Film $250
  • Feature - Music-Inspired $250
  • Feature - Science Fiction $250
  • Feature - Tennessee $250
  • Feature - Thriller/ Horror $250
  • Short - Drama $250
  • Short - Comedy $250
  • Short - Action/Adventure $250
  • Short - Family/Animation $250
  • Short - Historical $250
  • Short - Inspirational $250
  • Short - Music Inspired $250
  • Short - Science Fiction $250
  • Short - Tennessee $250
  • Short - Thriller/Horror $250
  • Short - Young Screenwriter: $250
  • 60 minute Pilot $250
  • 30 minute Pilot $250
NaFF names a winner and runner-up in each category. Winners receive cash awards. Runners-up win an exclusive certificate award printed at Hatch Show Print. Semifinalists win a NaFF Silver Laminate, valued at $250. All finalists win two NaFF Gold Laminates worth $798. 

GENRES: Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Historical, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller



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Nashville Film Festival

We want to introduce you to the 47th Annual Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), known for its long-standing reputation for excellence and championing some of the best screenwriters, films and filmmakers of today and tomorrow. A three-category Academy-qualifying celebration, NaFF's film and screenplay competitions offer more than $150,000 USD in cash and prizes.


The festival has grown exponentially in recent years - in 2015 the 10-day festival hosted 43,000 film and music lovers as part of the more than 300 events which included 43 sold out screenings. It's no wonder MovieMaker Magazine named NaFF one of "20 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee and the International Screenwriters Association named NaFF one of the "Top 20 Screenplay Competitions in the World."


Nashville is the new "it" city, flush with young new residents, tourists, music and movies. A Gallup poll ranked it in the top five regions for job growth. A national entrepreneurs' group called it one of the best places to begin a technology start-up. Critics admire its growing food scene. GQ magazine declared it simply "Nowville" for its blend of big-city energy and laid-back Southern hospitality.

NaFF proudly presents 21 total categories in features, shorts and teleplays. With a commitment to screenwriters at all levels, NaFF offer a full slate of genres for short filmmakers - more than any other competition in the U.S.


On the film side, winners of NaFF's Short Narrative, Animation, and Documentary categories are automatically eligible for Academy Awards consideration - a benefit that means this festival may just be the start of a life-changing adventure. Additional independently juried categories include prizes for Best LGBT Film, Best Film by a Black Filmmaker, Best Hispanic Film, and Best Film by a Female Filmmaker. At NaFF, just as in its home city of Nashville, diversity and creativity are celebrated and indispensable.


NaFF amplifies the collective and individual awareness of its visitors to celebrate innovation, music, and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film.


Major award winners from 2015 included the Bridgestone Narrative Competition winner Monument to Michael Jackson directed by Darko Lungolov; the Gibson Music Films/Music City Competition winner Orion: The Man Who Would Be King, directed by Jeanie Finlay; and the Ground Zero Tennessee First Award winner, The Keepers directed by Sara Kaye Larson and Joann Self Selvidge.


In the Screenwriting competition, of nearly 1,350 submissions, the Overall Winner was Brian MacEvilly who won with his feature comedy, The Full Irish.


Submit your screenplay to Nashville Film Festival today, and visit one the best destination cities in the country!



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