May 2018

Regal Cinemas Hollywood 27 | May 10–19

In May, the Nashville Film Festival will celebrate its 49th annual event with ten days of can’t-miss film premieres, red-carpet events, and informational panels featuring industry leaders. The Festival—voted one of “50 Film Festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine, highlighted as One of the Best Film Festival Prizes by Film Festival Today, and named by Brooks Institute as one of the top five film festivals in the U.S.—presents the best in World Cinema, American indies, documentaries, and numerous short-form programs by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers.

With Oscar Award-qualifying status and numerous well-attended shorts programs, the Nashville Film Festival has screened many prize-winning narrative and animated shorts, including 13 Assassins, (500) Days of Summer, Cyrus, and Academy Award nominees I Am Love, Ajami, and Dogtooth. Celebrity honorees and participants have included Oprah Winfrey, Susan Sarandon, William Shatner, William H. Macy, Al Gore, Nicole Kidman, Danny Glover, Vincent D’Onofrio, and many more.

This year the festival received nearly 5,000 short film submissions, of which 215 were selected to be shown. Brian Owens, Nashville Film Festival’s Artistic Director, said, “We are continually impressed by the incredible storytelling submitted in the Tennessee First Competition and thrilled to highlight these films as part of our all-star lineup.”

The winning films in the Narrative Shorts Competition, the Animated Shorts Competition, and the Documentary Shorts Competition all qualify for the Academy Awards® as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements. Each of the festival’s last three winners in best Animated Short—Garden Party, Borrowed Time, and Bear Story—received Academy Award nominations. Bear Story went on to win the Oscar.


Additional information on the festival and its 2018 schedule can be found at

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