In 2020, the Nashville Film Festival moved its events online due to COVID concerns. Since returning to in-person events, the long-running festival has opted to screen its films at various venues across the region rather than a single theater, as it has long done.
When NaFF returns this fall for its 53rd edition, the Franklin Theater will join as the festival screening venue, alongside TPAC’s Belcourt and Andrew Johnson Theater.
“As one of the nation’s longest running film festivals at some of the Nashville area’s most important and historic venues, we are proud to present an unforgettable experience with diverse stories from some of the filmmakers, writers and creators most talented music companies in the world,” said Jason Padgitt, executive director of NashFilm. “We are thrilled to bring the best in film, music and culture to the Nashville community.”
The Franklin Theater will hold its screenings from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2. The Belcourt will hold the opening night of The return of Tanya Tucker on Wednesday September 29 and will screen films on Tuesday October 4 and the closing night on Wednesday October 5.
The Andrew Johnson Theater at TPAC will host films from Friday, September 30 through Monday, October 3.
Per release, the Nashville Film Festival will feature more than 150 screenings this year, a selection of post-film Q&As and in-depth discussions, as well as a live in-person pitch session hosted at United Talent Agency in Nashville.
Additionally, the organization announced the launch of FLIX (Film-Led Interactive eXchanges), a screening program that brings official selections directly to Metro Nashville public school students.
“I’m beyond thrilled that we’re testing FLIX this year, our student scouting program,” said programming director Lauren Ponto. “Including Metro Nashville Public School students in our celebration of film is a wonderful opportunity for filmmakers around the world to connect directly with MNPS students while promoting media literacy and cross-cultural understanding among young audiences. .
The full slate of films will be announced in August, per NaFF.
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