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!
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.
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 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!