What is your film festival’s mission?
The Nashville film festival or NaFF, amplifies our collective and individual awareness by bringing the world to Nashville to celebrate innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film.
What role does your film festival play in supporting your film’s community?
Along with providing a venue for our local and state film community to show their works, we bring some of the finest feature-length and short films from around the world to expose our community to a diverse range of styles, messages and ideas. We also bring industry professionals in for a variety of talks and interactive workshops to inspire newcomers and enhance the knowledge of the pros.
What is something people look forward to every year at your film festival?
We really strive to make the festival feel communal. There is a huge hospitality area right outside the theater where film-goers can chat with each other, filmmakers can meet and trade ideas and everyone can celebrate the artform they so love. Having a bar in that hospitality area certainly helps!
What do you want audiences to take away from your film festival?
I love hearing people tell me that they learned something about a person or a group of people that they’ve never thought about before. I think film is a universal language that allows those of us from different cultures and walks of life to share our stories with one another. I love it when someone feels enriched by the experience of coming to the Nashville Film Festival.
How long has your film festival been around?
The festival began its life as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration, founded by Mary Jane Coleman in 1969. Over time, it migrated from her property in East Tennessee to Nashville and became the Nashville Film Festival. Since 2004, attendance has risen from about 9,000 to over 40,000 this past year.
Anything else you’d like to tell the audience about your festival?
One thing I love about this festival is how it combines the high quality films one would expect to see at festivals in New York or Toronto or LA with the Southern vibe. When people ask if our Red Carpets are formal, we essentially tell them, “Whatever you’re wearing right now, put a jacket on over that and you’ll be fine.” It’s high art meets laid-back fun.
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