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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) 4
Late December 1, 2017 $45 (feature); $35 (short) 67
Extended January 12, 2018 $50 (feature); $40 (short) 109

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 Film Festival Announces Screenwriting Competition Awards

The Nashville film Festival has announced the winners of the 2015 Screenwriting Competition. The competition garnered more than 1,350 submissions from all over the world. Finalists and semi-finalists won all-festival passes to attend the festival, network with filmmakers and industry, and attend educational panels and presentations.

"I was especially pleased to see that our panels were sold out," said Debra Pinger, director of the competition. "It shows how passionate writers are about developing their craft. With screenwriters from Ireland, Russia and China in attendance, as well as student and professional screenwriters, we are proud that Nashville is attracting quality scripts and talented writers. The script, after all, is the foundation of every film."

OVERALL WINNER
Brian MacEvilly

FEATURE

Drama
Winner: Oil and Water - Alfred Catalfo & Morgan Dudley
Runner-up: Independence Pass - Brian MacEvilly

Comedy
Winner: The Full Irish - Brian MacEvilly
Runner-up: My Bad Day in Hell - Eric Carlson

Music-Inspired
Winner: Blind Boone - Moss Hall & Max Morath
Runner-up: Chris Gaines Saves the World - Donald Driscoll

Sci-Fi
Winner: No Man's Land - Michelle Davidson & Jeffrey Field
Runner-up: Eden - Jessica Chou

Inspirational
Winner: Heart Stringz - Barbara Ashdown
Runner-up: In-Between - Sandra Smith

Animated
Winner: My Monster Burrufu - Alberto Corral
Runner-up: The Mythfitz - Nicholas Julius

Historical
Winner: Kid Convict - Julie Umbreit
Runner-up: Samson - Shawn Hoffman

Family
Winner: Eleven Days - Jaginder Singh
Runner-up: Darby Petty and the Lost Treasure - DC Sayre

Action/Adventure
Winner: The Third Bomb - Phillip Parker
Runner-up: Guns and Grace - Odin Ozdil

Thriller/Horror
Winner: A Texas Story - David Martin-Porras & Julia Fontana
Runner-up: Bad Blood - Billie Bates

Tennessee
Winner: The Last Drop - A.D. Smith
Runner-up: Sink Swim - Elvis Wilson

TELEPLAY

Drama
Winner: Long Lost - Deanna Shumaker
Runner-up: Limbo - Jessica Chou

Comedy
Winner: Star Pupils - Tom Ruprecht
Runner-up: The Knot - Adam Rosenbaum

SHORTS

Drama
Winner: Illuminate - Robert Pawloski
Runner-up: Which Spoke of Freedom - Aria Marrogi & Chris Germiller

Comedy
Winner: U Got Tagged - Andrew Roxby
Runner-up: That Other Crazy Thing You Do - Michelle Leibel

Genre
Winner: Lumen 18 - Darren Tibbits
Runner-up: Guest - Charles Dillon Ward

Family Friendly
Winner: Wiindigoo the Cannibal - Michael O'Rourke & Winona LaDuke
Runner-up: The Home of Rock - Brian MacEvilly

Tennessee
Winner: The Incident at Broadway and Grand - Francis Wolff
Runner-up: The Ice Road - Taylor Albertson

Young Screenwriter
Winner: The Pride Club - Kirill Dyshlovoy
Runner-up: The Favor - Jack Fossett



Updated: 04/25/2015
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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

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

Updated: 05/02/2014
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