The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the creation of the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition with over $55,000 in cash and prizes. The competition is now open and closes Jan. 31. The official award ceremony will take place at the 45th Annual Nashville Film Festival April 17 – 26.
Cash prizes will be awarded for winners of feature and short screenplays in 13 categories including drama, comedy, music inspired, action/adventure, family, inspirational, animated, historical, science fiction, thriller/horror, and Tennessee. A separate competition will be held for teleplays in drama pilot and comedy pilot categories. Young screenwriters, under 19 years, are encouraged to enter the Young Screenwriting Short Screenplay Competition.
In addition to cash, winning scripts will be read by celebrated industry executives and studios. Already signed on to read the winners are Tom Pollock, President of the Montecito Picture Company and former Chair of Universal Pictures Motion Picture Group and Vice Chair of MCA, Inc. (Star Wars, Schindler’s List); Blossom Films, Nicole Kidman’s Academy-Award nominated production company (Rabbit Hole, In the Cut, Monte Carlo); noted casting director Laray Mayfield (House of Cards, Benjamin Button); famed limit-breaking director/producer Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers); and Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films, the faith/family and inspirational label of Sony Picture Entertainment (Soul Surfer and Courageous).
Finalists and semi-finalists will win NaFF Silver Laminates. That gives them all-festival access, with $5 film tickets, to NaFF’s 250+ film screenings, VIP tent, and special events.
“We are thrilled to announce this competition,” says Ted Crockett, executive director of the Nashville Film Festival. “This is a major competition that will draw entries from all over the world. We are especially proud that we will be able to help emerging screenwriters get the recognition they deserve. As Silver laminate holders they’ll be able to steep themselves in the NaFF experience – meeting filmmakers, producers and professionals from around the world in the VIP Tent. Also many winning scripts will be read by some of the world’s most celebrated studios and executives.”
Cash awards to winners and categories include:
Feature Drama $1,000; Feature Comedy $1,000; Feature Action/Adventure $500; Feature Thriller/Horror $500; Feature Family Film $250; Feature Inspirational Film $250; Feature Animated Film $250; Feature Science Fiction $250, Feature Historical Film $250; Feature Music-Inspired $250; Short Drama $250; Short Comedy $250; Short Action/Adventure $250; Short Thriller/Horror $250; Short Family Film $250; Short Inspirational Film $250; Short Animated Film $250; Short Science Fiction $250; Short Historical Film $250; Short Music-Inspired $250; TV Drama Pilot $250; TV Comedy Pilot $250; Young Screenwriters $250; Tennessee Feature Screenplay $500; Tennessee Short Screenplay $250.
NaFF names a winner and runner-up in each category. Winners receive cash awards. Runners-up win an exclusive certificate award printed at Hatch Show Print. Semifinalists win a NaFF Silver Laminate, valued at $250. Finalists win two NaFF Silver Laminates worth $500.
Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) April 17 – 26, 2014 is presented by Nissan. It brings the world to Nashville in a 10-day celebration of film. In 2014, NaFF celebrates its 45th Anniversary and expands downtown to the Nissan Festival Village at Walk of Fame Park with free films for the public, food, music and carnival entertainment. NaFF is attended by nearly 30,000 filmmakers, actors, and film fans who attend more than 250 films from 50 countries, in addition to red carpets, parties, and workshops. A Nashville institution, it celebrates the diversity of the human voice and vision with special programming for Latino, Black, GLBT, families, and Jewish film fans. Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, it is one of the oldest and largest 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.