Nashville Film Festival: Upcoming Independent Films, Workshops for Creative Visionaries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN)–Music City may be known for its abundance of songwriters and musicians, but it’s also a melting pot of filmmakers, including many local and national directors set to debut at the 53rd Film Festival. of Nashville.

Festival executive director Jason Padgitt joined Local On 2 and spoke more about the festival, including over 150 film screenings. Films expected include “Big Old Goofy World: The Story of Oh Boy Records,” “Beautiful Beings,” “Follow Her,” “Long Line of Ladies,” and more.

“[It’s] just a great experience for anyone who loves cinema and wants to know other people who love cinema in the city. It’s a very social festival,” Padgitt said.

The executive director said the festival is also one of the most respected independent film festivals in the country and often winners become eligible for screenings at the academy level.

“It’s a gateway for films to be nominated. And for our Tennessee films and filmmakers, it’s a great launch pad to attract a wider audience and build a career. And [the Nashville Film Festival] is particularly proud of it. And the quality of features and shorts made in Tennessee are truly amazing,” Padgitt said.

The festival includes creator talks, panels, musical performances and special presentations such as “The Return of Tanya Tucker: Starring Brandi Carlile,” an unexpected but delightful friendship between Country-Americana artist Tucker and Carlile, who have worked together on Tucker’s long overdue final album and waited decades after leaving the music industry spotlight.

The festival runs from September 29 through October 5 and takes place at multiple locations in downtown Nashville, including the Belcourt Theater, TPAC, and the Franklin Theater in Franklin, TN. To learn more about the films and to get tickets, visit their website nashvillefilmfestival.org.

Gerald R. Schneider