- Nashville Film Festival
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. 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.
The 2010 Nashville Film Festival was held April 15–22, 2010.
Program and focus
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.
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.
Founder Mary Jane Coleman began the Sinking Creek Film Celebration in East Tennessee in 1969. 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.
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
In 2010 edition, the following prizes have been assigned.
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
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
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
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
Best Narrative Short Year Film Director 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 Witness - From the balcony of room 306 Adam Petrofsky 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
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
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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