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Nashville Film Festival To Go Virtual for 2020 Event

The reimagined model will expand audience reach and increase accessibility while delivering a safe and enjoyable festival experience. 

After celebrating its 50th anniversary last year, the Nashville Film Festival will be doing something entirely new for its 51st annual event — going virtual.

The 2020 Nashville Film Festival will take place online, with digital screenings, panels, filmmaker Q&As, musical performances and more from Oct. 1-7.

“Like many other live events around the world, we've had to adapt to prioritize the safety, comfort and well-being of our community,” festival Executive Director Jason Padgitt said in a news release.

“This year has given us an opportunity to think creatively about how we can make the festival more accessible and innovative than ever before, and we are excited to deliver a memorable experience that honors all the reasons we’ve become known as a premier event for content creators and film enthusiasts.”

This year's fest still promises to feature more than 200 films, and the full program and lineup will be released in August. It's also planning “virtual social opportunities" to facilitate discussions between filmmakers and audience members.

Founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival has continued to evolve in recent years, finding a new home at Regal Hollywood 27 in 2016, and moving from the spring to the fall for last year's event. 

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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.