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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
For the past four years I have had the honor of being the editor of the Nashville Film Festival's "At Risk" Youth Documentary. Through this process I have seen the world change through the eyes of numerous teens that were given a chance. A chance by the Nashville Film Festival to better themselves through film. They expressed their creativity and were able to become a part of something bigger than they had ever experienced. The amount of volunteering that goes into this project is astronomical and should be duplicated in every city in America! Thank you to the Nashville Film Festival for being such a memorable organization and allowing me to be part of such a life changing project for these kids.