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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

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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    
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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)
Late December 1, 2017 $45 (feature); $35 (short) 10
Extended January 12, 2018 $50 (feature); $40 (short) 52

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 Finalists

The Nashville Film Festival has announced the finalists for its inaugural Screenwriting Competition. The 76 finalists represent the best of 1,511 entries from all over the world. Winners will be announced at the Nashville Film Festival Awards Ceremony on April 24th.

“Our finalists had great stories to tell,” said Michael Wood, Screenwriting Competition Manager. “These screenplays and teleplays represent some of the best undiscovered screenwriting talent in the world. Our screenwriters wrote clever comedies, riveting dramas, intriguing TV pilots, memorable shorts, and more.”

The competition was fierce, with 328 entries in the drama feature competition alone.

The Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition is unique among thousands of screenwriting competitions in the U.S. because it offers more categories for short screenplays than any other competition, and a category for Young Screenwriters, which is unique to NaFF.

“We believe in up and coming talent in the film industry,” said Ted Crockett, Executive Director of NaFF. “Writers of shorts are often talented and unknown. The accolades they receive from winning or placing in a major competition can lead them to expand their concept into a full feature, or gain financing to turn their scripts into short films. We are an important step for them in making their careers.”

The Nashville Film Festival has connections with both legendary and groundbreaking A-list studios, production companies, and directors, and some winning scripts will be passed on to these connections.

Here are the Screenwriting Competition finalists, listed alphabetically by title:

DRAMA FEATURE
Amanda Darling: Children of Honor
Lonas Taylor: Little Silver Heart
Danielle Barros: The Executioner
David Abram: The Translation
Alfred Thomas Catalfo: Vulture's Row

COMEDY FEATURE
Sam Friedlander: hAPPy
Amanda Darling: Male Order
Amanda Darling: Misfortune Cookie

MUSIC INSPIRED FEATURE
Jefferson McClure: Dead Man Blues
Larry Shulruff: Man at the Top
Sabrina Siebert: Soup Sandwich

FAMILY FEATURE
Heather Hughes and Kate Wharton: Coincidental Miracles
Karisa Ewinger: The Key to Nede - An Adventure Begins
Jonathan Vermeer and Bart Morse: The Spirit Flyer
Elisabeth Annacone: Yes, Bub

INSPIRATIONAL FEATURE
Dustin Stevens: Be My Eyes
Kari Redmond and Ben Davies: Bring it Home
Mary Huckstep: William, Will You Dance?

ANIMATION FEATURE
Jeff DeVuono: Lost Dog
Randall C Willis: Tank's James McFarlane: The Princess Honeybee

ACTION/ADVENTURE FEATURE
Nick Mertens: Buck McAlister and The Hand of God
Stephen Hoover: Buried South of Galatians
Andrew Brown: In Debt Deep
John T. Frederick: The Myth of the Western Dragons
Andrew Eisen: Will Powers

HISTORICAL FEATURE
Peter Meech: Billy
LeAnn Morris: More Precious
Eugene Ramos: Newton's Laws of Emotion
Dawn Wise: The Poem
David Rousseve: Urban Scenes/Creole Dreams

SCIENCE FICTION FEATURE
Timucin Leflef: Heroman
Dustin Kahia: Project Guile
Elise Carr and Dennis Carr: The Beginning
Stuart Creque: Time and Again

THRILLER/HORROR FEATURE
Stephen Hoover: Horror Comic
Allen C. Gardner: Sold
Andrew Mescher: The Righteous Man
Alfred Thomas Catalfo: Vulture's Row

TENNESSEE SCREENWRITER FEATURE
Elvis Wilson: Driving Top Down
David Vincent: The Acadian
Ryan Estabrooks and Amber Bartlett: The Sound of the Sword
Taylor Albertson: The Vilification of Ruth Dunn

TV DRAMA PILOT
Aaron Rollins: Ordnung
Jackson Wickham: The Girl From Here
Grete Heinemann: Valleywood

TV COMEDY PILOT
Sam Boseley: Cherub Court ‘I Smite You’
Karen Rouse: Foxy Naught
Kristin Cantrell: Roomies

ACTION/ADVENTURE SHORT
Lee McQueen: Celara Electric
Tarp Jones: The Ten Mile


ANIMATION SHORT
Darren Barker: Lily, the Saddest Girl in the World
David Serra: The Dreamscape Aquarium
Wade Balance: The Hunter

COMEDY SHORT
Stacy Alynn: If You Go There
Linda Rumney: Power Wash
Devi Snively: The Bride of Frankie

DRAMA SHORT
Alexander Briley: Cocaine Eyes
Jeffrey Rubin: The Lost Cause
Cornelius Murphy: You're a Good Guy, Eli

FAMILY SHORT
Dianna Zimmerman and Brad Jost: Escape
Sundae Jahant-Osborn: Pipe Dream
Robert Gately and Lois Gately: The Barking Spider

HISTORICAL SHORT
Skye Lynch: Scorched Earth

INSPIRATIONAL SHORT
Sussu Laaksonen: Long Distance Call
Julie Akeret and Will Daniel: Shit-house Crazy


MUSIC INSPIRED SHORT
Anthony Cawood: A Certain Romance

SCIENCE FICTION SHORT
Tishehma Jones-AlAmin: Every Lady Has A Silver Lining
Ryan Sprague: In a Forest

TENNESSEE SCREENWRITER SHORT
Caleb Stallings: Mulligan
Melissa Sweazy: The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention
Drew Maynard: The Holler

THRILLER/HORROR SHORT
Nathan Ludwig: Behind You
Stuart Creque: Memento Mori
Charles Dillon Ward: The Ants Go Marching

YOUNG SCREENWRITER SHORT
Michael Flynn: Family Portrait
Joshua Taylor: Outpost Bravo

Updated: 03/13/2014
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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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