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Nashville Film Festival Screenplay Competition

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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.

PRIZES

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. 

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Nathan Ludwig & Charles Hill are finalists at Nasville Film Festival

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Shoshana Rosenbaum's feature script reaches Nashville finals

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O'Rourke Adaptation Is Oaxaca 15 Official Selection

Michael's feature adaptation of Winona LaDuke's novel "Last Standing Woman," has been chosen an official selection of Oaxaca Film Fest 15 Global Script Challenge.  Movie Maker magazine calls the Oaxaca Fest...
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Nashville Film Fest Announces Finalists, Ranger Creed Present

Travis Opgenorth's Ranger Creed takes aim at another "mission accomplished".  It's now a finalist in the Nashville Film Fest Screenplay contest. Ooh-Rah!
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Rebecca Willliams Spindler takes First Place in 2015 Project Famous Contest

Rebecca Williams Spindler's short dramedy: WRONG NUMBER RIGHT DAY, won FIRST Place in the Project Famous Short Screenplay Competition. Her screenplay will be produced into a short film by Project Famous Films! Rebecca's culturally...
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Rebecca Williams Spindler's SONGBIRD nabs Top 6 at 2016 Nashville Film Fest

Rebecca Williams Spindler's SONGBIRD placed in the Semi-Finals Top 6 for Music Inspired Feature at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival for the 2nd year in a row!  The culturally diverse script depicts the struggle and survival of a teenage...
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Jack Fossett's "Sidewalk Safari" makes NaFF Semi-Finals

For the second year in a row, a script by up-and-coming screenwriter Jack Fossett has been recognized in the Nashville Film Festival's Screenplay Competition. "Sidwalk Safari", an action short inspired by a song of the same name,...
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SANCTUARY - BY SCOTT PITTOCK, DOUBLE WINNER IN OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL

Scott Pittock's western/horror feature Sanctuary won Best Feature Screenplay and Best Nebraska Screenplay in the 2016 Omaha Film Festival.  Sanctuary also placed Semifinalist in the thriller/horror category in the 2016...
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Awards & Recognitions

Not a bad past 4 months - My adventure Sci-Fi script Realm went from quarter-finalist from last years 'Screencraft' (BIFF) Residency Programme to 'Nashville Film Festival' semi-finalist, 2 more shorts I wrote have made finalist...
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Ranger Creed Wins Best Action/Adventure

It's "mission accomplished" for Travis Opgenorth's Ranger Creed as it takes home another prize. This time it's the best feature script in the action/adventure category from the Nashville Film Festival.
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Anthony Cawood's Glitch wins Thriller/Horror award.

It's a second win at Nashville for Anthony, with Glitch taking the Thriller/Horror short script award after 2014's success with A Certain Romance (in post-production).
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SANCTUARY - WRITTEN BY SCOTT PITTOCK, FINALIST IN THE NYISA

Scott Pittock's western/horror feature placed as a finalist in the 2016 New York International Screenplay Awards.   
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SUTTLE WINS RIVER SCROLL AWARD AT 2016 SILENT RIVER SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

Courtney Suttle won the River Scroll Award for Best Feature Screenplay for Fire on Ice in the 2016 Silent RIver Scrennplay Competition. Fire on Ice was also a Finalist in the Historical category at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival. Fire on Ice tells...
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TWO SCRIPTS BY SCOTT PITTOCK ARE SEMI-FINALISTS IN THE FADE IN AWARDS

Scott Pittock's feature horror/western Sanctuary and his short the sci-fi/thriller Something Under the Bed place in the semi-finals of the 20th Annual Fade In Awards!
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Kerri Weston and Robert Pawolski

BRONZE Winner Inspirational Feature 2016 NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION  
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Alien In My Pocket - Winner 2017 Nashville Fim Festival Best Sci-Fi

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Comedy Short makes Semi-finals at 2017 Nashville Film Festival

'Because You Can', a comedy short screenplay written by Rebecca Williams Spindler and Darla Phillips came in the Top 15, Semi-finals at the 2017 Nashville Film Festival Screenplay competition.
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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.

 

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
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.

 

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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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