Nashville Film Festival

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 161 Rains Ave. Nashville TN 37203 USA

Mission: Nashville Film Festival is a cultural arts institution that inspires, educates and entertains through an annual celebration of the art of motion pictures, year-round events and community outreach.
Programs: One of the South's biggest film events, the 2010 Nashville Film Festival takes place April 15-22, at the Regal Green Hills 16 Cinemas, featuring abroad selection of features, documentaries, shorts, animation and panels, and music and film.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I attend several film festivals each year (including huge fests such as Toronto) and the Nashville Film Festival is still my all-time favorite. The enthusiasm of the audience is contagious and the hospitality of the staff is terrific! There seems to be nearly the perfect balance of film-buff-to-film-industry people in attendance, the venue is comfortable, the films are very thoughtfully chosen, and it seems as though there's always a party or musical event going on. In fact, the music connection is one of the things that sets this festival apart from many others. I also love that NaFF has year-round activities for its members and does outreach in the community. All in all, a terrific festival!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the electric atmosphere at the festival. The excited buzz of a venue full of enthusiastic,knowledgeable audience members & eager filmmakers interacting & excitedly discussing films they have seen or are about to see is pure catnip for a film buff like me!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have loved the Nashville Film Festival ever since I came to see a film the first time with them. The vibe is fabulous; low-key and friendly, with lots of film people and workshops in an accessible and nice location. The people that work at the festival are top notch. I think that the quality of the festival FAR exceeds what anyone could expect from a city this size.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

free screenings of movies year round, sometimes with people related to the film in attendance, festival parties, festival workshops, festival films, email updates on cool film info....

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

All the people associated with this group that I have had the pleasure of meeting have been really great and I just love the festival films. I look forward to it every year.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing. Some of the best anywhere.

Ways to make it better...

I had known about membership earlier! The first time I came to the festival I did not know about membership and buying a pass, etc. I just came to see a film as a member of the public.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Probably financial? That and the fact that the festival all happpens in a short period of time and lots of work has to be done in a short period of time by a small number of people and a lot of volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The festival is particularly good and trying to work in the music aspect of the film industry, which makes a lot of sense given that the festival is in Music City.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I grew up in L.A. and moved to Nashville in 1974. For those who have been Nashvillians for that long, it will be easy to understand how a movie lover might deeply appreciate the work of the Film Festival. I look forward each year to enjoying works by filmmakers whose distribution is limited or is not yet in place, and films which I missed in years gone by. As a singer/songwriter, I especially appreciate the exposure to movies about music and musicians. The staff have always been helpful when I've needed assistance. Opportunities to preview films throughout the year are another welcome feature of membership.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being exposed to films I would never otherwise have a chance to see.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I first was involved with the festival as a volunteer back in the mid 90's. I knew this was a special festival when I saw the care that went into selecting the films. I chose to stay involved with this festival from that point forward. I had a film in the festival, was on the board and then became board president. So I have seen it from many different perspectives. I have been to numerous festivals and this one is awesome. The filmmaker experience is fabulous and the outreach to the community is tremendous. A+ in my book. I am also a professor of film and this festival has benefited my students by providing excellent workshops.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quality of films brought to the festival.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful and friendly. They make everyone feel like they are academy award worthy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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11 people found this review helpful

NaFF is an extraordinary addition to the arts community in Nashville. Not that long ago Nashville was perceived to have only music arts but NaFF has given it international attention as an important film hub. The quality of films offered year-round (especially at the annual Festival) are great and everyone involved in the group is an enthusiast and champion of the work they're doing and the films they offer. A long-term advocate of the arts, e.g., sitting on arts boards, my experience with NaFF is always positive. I only wish that I had the stamina to sit through the Festival films from mid-morning through late-night.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching its development from a small, university-based film fest into a grand international Film Festival with exceptional films.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

The Nashville Film Festival is not only one of the most fun weeks of my year, but my monthly contact with the staff is one of my most cherish friendships! I was lucky enough to get an internship with the festival last Spring. I spent at least 3 days a week in the office and numerous hours at other events, I couldn't get enough. Not only is the staff amazing, but all the patrons, volunteers and attendees are great people. I am so fortunate to have had that experience and continued opportunities to meet so many people through the festival. Everyday I get to keep working with the festival is welcomed with open arms!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday life. Not only has my internship given me great professional training, but I learned a lot about my abilities and have been able to apply those to my undergraduate college and future grad school education.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

an extremely wide variety of great people who all shared the common love of film and education through film.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

The film festival rocks! We look forward to it every year and put it on the calendar a year in advance, buy an all-festival passes, and block out the week. Not unusual to view 20-25 films. This year our daughter is flying in from Chicago just to attend the "festie" for the weekend.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

discovering that i've seen films way before they hit the theatres. Even academy award nominees.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

In addition to a full week of independent films, they offer free screenings of new indies throughout the year.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

totally enthusiastic and love what they do.

Ways to make it better...

it was easier to select films for the film festival when using your laminate pass so you could select the entire week's films without starting over again and again after each film choice.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Having spent a couple of decades in Los Angeles I can appreciate the evolution of the Nashville Film Festival and it's growing impact on the community at large. My Mom actually vounteered in the early years when our festival was known as Sinking Creek, thank you Mary Jane. I crave documentaries but enjoy all genres. 100% of my experiences with NAFF this past 16 years have been positive - from renewing my membership, to attending special screenings, to purchasing tickets online, to attending the festival...I could go on. Suffice it to say, I am a huge fan.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching it grow.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

considerate, informed and committed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Nashville Film Festival provides one of the best venues to enjoy the full spectrum of film. It has something for everyone (from the film lover to the film pro) and is an incredible industry forum. Well organized, screenings are on time. The staff is great.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending the festival.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quality of film. I have seen film that would otherwise not be available locally.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have a had a great time every year I have worked for the Nashville Film Festival. It started with volunteering a few years ago, and then I was an intern in 2008. And I have always come back and helped anytime they needed me, especially a couple of months before the festival itself. Everyone there is nice and they love what they do. The Nashville Film Festival has been great and it keeps getting better. I can't wait until April when it happens all over again!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a volunteer for four years and an intern. I enjoyed all of it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity you get to be a part of a long-running film festival. You get to see first-hand how it all happens and all the hard work to make it what it is.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

were professioanl and fun to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be better than any film festival around!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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