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Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: melissa@nashfilm.org

Contact: Melissa Lummus, Sr. Competition Manager

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
Have you entered?
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Objective

The Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition leverages one of the oldest and largest film festivals in the U.S. Each year, NaFF draws hundreds of filmmakers, musicians and industry to ten days of films, panels, red carpet events, live music showcases and parties. NaFF draws more film entries than almost every other film festival in the country, in part, because it is an Academy® Award Qualifying Festival in three short film categories. And, Nashville knows how to throw a party.

For screenwriters, NaFF offers 23 categories in feature, short and teleplay lengths and more than $90,000 in cash and prizes including the fact that all semifinalists and finalists win film festival laminates! That’s not a discount on a pass but the whole pass. Finalists win two of them.

After the festival, select winning scripts are circulated to top agents, managers, producers and studios. These companies get first look: Blossom Films, Nicole Kidman’s Academy-Award nominated production company (Rabbit Hole); noted casting director, Laray Mayfield (House of Cards, Benjamin Button); Sycamore Pictures CEO Ben Nearn (Black Swan, The Way, Way Back), Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films, the faith/family and inspirational label of Sony Picture Entertainment (Soul Surfer and Courageous); famed limit-breaking director/producer Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers), Lewis Bogach, Emmy-winning Vice President of CMT, and Abso Lutely Productions.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Bird July 28, 2017 $30 (feature); $20 (short)
Regular September 29, 2017 $40 (feature); $30 (short) 8
Late December 1, 2017 $45 (feature); $35 (short) 71
Extended January 12, 2018 $50 (feature); $40 (short) 113

Rules

Please see website.

Awards

Noteworthy winning scripts will be read by celebrated industry executives and studios.

Cash awards to winners:

Feature Grand Prize: $2,000
Feature Drama and Comedy categories: $500
8 other Feature categories (Action/Adventure, Family/Animation, Historical, Inspirational, Music Inspired, Science Fiction, Thriller/Horror, Tennessee): $250

Short Grand Prize: $1,000
11 categories (Drama, Comedy, Action/Adventure, Family/Animation, Historical, Inspirational, Music Inspired, Science Fiction, Thriller/Horror, Tennessee, Young Screenwriter): $250

Teleplay
2 categories (60 minute pilot, 30 minute pilot): $250

All finalists win two Gold All Festival Laminates valued at $798 and semi-finalists win one Silver All Festival Laminate, valued at $250.

Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: melissa@nashfilm.org

Contact: Melissa Lummus, Sr. Competition Manager

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: melissa@nashfilm.org

Contact: Melissa Lummus, Sr. Competition Manager

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Nashville Fest Names Screenplay Contest Finalists

The Nashville Film Festival has named the 54 Finalists selected for their 4th annual Screenwriting Competition. Finalists were selected from over 1,300 submissions from all over the world. The Top 3 Finalists were selected in all categories and scored into the Top 4% of submissions. This year's winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Friday, April 28th at the Nashville Film Festival. The 48th Nashville Film Festival will take place April 20-29.

Feature-Length Screenplays:

Action/Adventure Feature
Duel of the Immortals – Michael Gibrall
The Dragon Run – Bradley Stryker
Shabu – Judah Ray

Comedy Feature
3 to Die – Mitch Yapko & Allen Rueckert
The Anklebiter – Andrew Jones
Shady Birch – Nichole Kanney

Drama Feature
The Low Road – Darren McInerney
War/Love – Hannah Feller
Widow's Grove – Ivan Kotevski

Family/Animation Feature
Hooked – Timothy Benson
The Secret of Banrion Wood – Persephone Vandegrift
The Secret of Shangri-La – Lisa Gold

Historical Feature
Bloody Williamson – Sara Caldwell & James Ballowe
A Man Called White – Randy Hines
Russia Was a Woman – Amy Gerber-Stroh

Inspirational Feature
Aunt Maddy – Mike Reid
Beauty for Ashes – Princella Smith, Kyle Roark, & Raymund King
The Moonbeam Fisherman – John Dummer

Music-Inspired Feature
The Jack-O-Lanterns – Dan Goforth
LP – Joey Perotti
Twit – David Rousseve

Science-Fiction Feature
Alien in My Pocket – Joe Borriello
Returners – Eric Steele
Rise of the Phoenix – Ann Williams

Tennessee Feature
Café New York – Katy Chevigny-Smith
Clayton Cadaver – Shayna-Raye Funderburk
Virginia Rose and the Lost City of Gold – Bryan Kelsey

Thriller/Horror Feature
The Children of San Miani – Randall Willis
The Sand Reckoner – Christopher Colpitts
The Twin Within – Gunnar Garrett

Short Screenplays:

Comedy Short
Anatomically Modern Human for President – Amanda Martinez
Remember Brighton – Michael Gibney
Homemade – Anna Alaimo

Drama Short
Del Rio, Texas – Raj Trivedi
FutureHealth – Sarah Polhaus
Holdenfield – Kevin Brown

Genre Short
Fly! – Dave Chan
Chambered – Toby Osborne
FutureHealth – Sarah Polhaus

Tennessee Short
Holdenfield – Kevin Brown
The Morning After – Conway Preston
Raven Point – Jason K. Allen

Thriller/Horror Short
Are You Loathsome Tonight? – John Burdeaux
Gone – David Cramer
Looking for Death – Adrienne Frank

Young Screenwriters Short
Be Okay. – William Shelton
Floating – Zane Swift
Mother – Val Jashari
Ruth(less) – Lauren Marie Miller

Teleplays:

30-Minute Teleplay
Agent of Influence – J.P. Unice
Millennial Rules – Heidi Putallaz
Quantum Dreams – Jeffrey Gold

60-Minute Teleplay
Blood Oath – Jake Bottiglieri
Demons – Kevin Burke
Everly – Nicole Donadio

Updated: 04/21/2017
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Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

Contact

Web: Click here
Email: melissa@nashfilm.org

Contact: Melissa Lummus, Sr. Competition Manager

Report Card

Overall: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.6/5.0)
Professionalism: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.5/5.0)
Feedback: 4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars4.5 stars (4.4/5.0)
Signficance: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.6/5.0)
Report Cards: 11    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:Screenwriter Nathan Ludwig

An interview with screenwriter Nathan Ludwig regarding the Nashville Fest Writing Competition.

Updated: 05/02/2014
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