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Nashville Film Festival Brings Movies to Music City

Grab your popcorn! The box office is open for Nashville’s 43rd Film Festival, running April 19-26 at the Regal Green Hills Cinemas.

Acclaimed as one of the 10 best film festivals in the country by the Brooks Institute, movie lovers will enjoy an eight day smorgasbord of studio, independent and international film releases, panels, workshops and music. A record 2800 entries from 101 countries has been carefully culled down to 220 feature length films and shorts covering all genres, some carrying accolades from Cannes and Sundance.

As befits Music City, the Nashville Film Festival signature competition is the Music Film Category. NaFF Media Relations Manager Joe Pagetta laughed when I asked him if there were any particular films he would recommend from the impressive lineup.

“It’s exciting that this year we’re opening with an entire program of films shot in Tennessee or by Tennessee filmmakers,” he said. “The film Beauty is Embarrassing  that will play on opening night follows the story of Wayne White, who grew up near Chattanooga, studied at MTSU, got his start as a puppeteer and designer with Nashville Public Television station PBS and went on to a very successful career as a cartoonist and one of the creators of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Now he’s a very accomplished fine artist.”

“There are so many wonderful films this year,”added Pagetta. “Many are world premieres. We’re going to close with Big Easy Express, a story about three bands who took a train tour across the country.”

You can browse the complete film schedule here to choose your own favorites, but tickets will go fast, so make your selections soon. Thousands are expected to attend Nashville’s annual celebration of motion pictures, a festival that was founded way back in 1969 as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration.

Nicole Kidman will head up one of the many panel discussions, joining with three other female actors-turned-directors to discuss “The Evolution of Women Behind the Camera” on Saturday, April 21 (Clockwise from top left: Famke Jansse, Beth Grant, Carrie Preston and Nicole Kidman).

Bestselling author and screenwriter, Delia Ephron, whose credits include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and You’ve Got Mail, will speak Tuesday, April 25, at Parnassus Books, the new Green Hills bookstore co-owned by author Ann Patchett.

Free panel discussions daily at noon are held in the Hospitality Tent outside the Green Hills Cinemas, and a variety of free film screenings will be shown at various area locations. National Record Store Day, April 21, is an annual event marked by the release of new edition records, and this year The Basement under Grimey’s independent record store will host several free screenings as part of the festival.

Are you a songwriter wanting to know how to submit your songs for film or TV? There’s also a panel for you led by top music supervisors. The festival is an unrivaled opportunity to rub shoulders with artists, songwriters, and film professionals from Hollywood and around the world.

Tickets for individual screenings can be ordered online for $12, or a pass for the entire festival lineup is $250. Let us know your favorites!

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on



    claude reese

    Sounds like Nashville has become a very sophisticated city. The article indicates home work was done and the writing is straight forward and clear. Bravo


    Deb Pinger

    Hi Dayle,

    I came across your great article! I’m NaFF’s new development director and handle the communications responsibilities. I look forward to working with you this year. It’s going to be better than ever — and I mean that. Call anytime 615-742-2500.

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