The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) has named the winning filmmakers of the inaugural Tennessee Shorts Final Cut Contest, earning the filmmaker the coveted final placement in the Tennessee First Division at NaFF. The winners are Tyler Evans, Mark Confroy and David Lavender for their film Still Here. It will be shown on the first night of NaFF 2013 (April 18) at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16.
This touching and compelling short deals with a man named John who lives in what he mistakenly believes to be a post-apocalyptic world. He broadcasts daily emergency messages – sometimes more as a radio journal than an earnest attempt to contact fellow survivors. Little does he know that several local hikers are listening to him. One of them, Rose, decides to reach out to John to let him know the world he once knew still exists.
Still Here competed against six other shorts by Tennessee filmmakers. These included Just Talking by Will Akers; Last Time We Checked by Anson Mount; Just Grate by Wendy Keeling; Pigeon Kicker by Daniel Long; Inside of Me by Erica Scoggins; and Bromance by Esseri Holmes. “We are so excited about giving as many filmmakers as possible a shot at making the festival,” says Artistic Director Brian Owens. “We are deeply committed to supporting our Tennessee filmmakers.”
“Every year we have more local filmmakers submit to NaFF and we see that the overall quality is going up,” says Ted Crockett, Executive Director. “We plan to expand our showcase for Tennessee films next year by expanding our Tennessee First opening night to a full day of screenings.”
Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) runs April 18 – 25 and is presented by Nissan. It brings the world to Nashville in an eight-day celebration of film. Attended by filmmakers and industry insiders, and open to the public, NaFF screens more than 200 films from nearly 50 countries. NaFF celebrates the diversity of the human voice and vision by curating program segments to include Latino, Black, GLBT, Jewish and Kurdish films. Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, it is one of the oldest film festivals in the U.S. As an Academy Award Qualifying Event, NaFF draws filmmakers and celebrity guests to its red carpet at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. The Festival annually garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine, Film Festival Today, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine.
*Photo of contest participants (L to R – Front row: Tyler Evans, Wendy Keeling, NaFF Artistic Director Brian Owens; Back row: Will Akers, Mark Confroy, David Lavender, Daniel Long, Doug Coons) and film still from Pigeon Kicker courtesy Nashville Film Festival.