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Nashville Film Festival Returns for 54th Annual Event

Celebrating the human spirit through the art of film, the festival returns September 28 - October 4, 2023 with new music video category and episodic competition.

The Nashville Film Festival, a week-long celebration of film, music and culture, has announced its 54th annual event, returning September 28 – October 4, 2023. Attendees can once again enjoy film screenings, post-film Q&As with filmmakers, industry panels, live music showcases, social events and more.

This year, an expanded offering of film screenings are slated to take place at several arts venues throughout the area, including the historic Belcourt Theater, Regal Green Hills, the Franklin TheatreVanderbilt’s Rothschild Black Box Theater and Sarratt Cinema.  

Filmmakers from across the country and around the world will head to Nashville to showcase more than 125 film screenings of feature-length and short films across every genre, including independent films and documentaries. 

“We are proud to bring an unforgettable experience celebrating the innovation and immense talent of the filmmakers, screenwriters and music makers of our global and local arts landscape,” said Nashville Film Festival Executive Director Jason Padgitt. “With over fifty years of sharing films with Nashville audiences, we are excited to continue building a community of film lovers in some of the most impressive venues throughout the area.”

NashFilm will host events and programs that highlight the many aspects of filmmaking, including:

  • a Screenwriting Competition (September 28-October 4)
  • a Music Supervisors Program (music industry panels and workshops – September 28-October 2)
  • the Creators Conference (film and music industry panels – September 29 – October 2)
  • live music performances and new artist showcases throughout the week

What’s new at the 54th Nashville Film Festival?

To further embrace the reputation of Music City, the festival has also introduced a new music video category for the 2023 event. 

Beyond the traditional film festival, in partnership with the Catalyst Story Institute of Nashville, the NashFilm Episodic Competition will launch this year, a two-day showcase of the best in independent television, podcasts, and web series which will be screened in Pitch World during the festival (September 28 – October 4). The competition aims to champion episodic storytellers of all career levels as they develop their stories and advance their careers while lowering the barriers between creators, producers and the industry.

“We’re excited to present a vibrant line-up of films to audiences right here in Tennessee as part of the 2023 festival,” said Director of Programming Lauren Thelen. “With new competitions and categories, we’re continuously working to provide the community with more diverse programming and perspectives across a variety of genres.”

Look for the full slate of films and programs selected for the 54th Nashville Film Festival announced in August. For more information, visit



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.