Nashville Film Festival 2021

Fall is coming into focus with good news about Nashville Pride, the Southern Festival of Books and, just today, the 52nd Nashville Film Festival. The weeklong fest (Sept. 30-Oct. 6) will be a hybrid of in-person screenings, events, workshops and panels, while also maintaining a virtual platform to host screenings and talkbacks. 

NaFF has seen plenty of changes in its 52-year history. Most recently, it has taken place at Regal Hollywood 27. This year, they are changing it up by screening and hosting events at four venues throughout the week: Rocketown (Sept. 30-Oct. 3), the Johnson Center at Belmont University (Oct. 4), Marathon Music Works (Oct. 5) and the Belcourt Theatre (Oct. 6). 

Four films have already been announced, all of which will screen in-person and virtually: the Duplass brothers-produced 7 Days, Alba Sotorra’s documentary The Return: Life After Isis, Bobbie Jo Hart’s Fanny: The Right to Rock, and Jane Schoenbrun’s thriller We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

Along with 150 feature-length films, the festival will host a screenwriting competition (Sept. 30-Oct. 6); panels and workshops about music programming (Sept. 29-Oct. 1); the annual Creators Conference (Oct. 1-2); and live music performances and new artist showcases throughout the week.

Buy your festival passes on the fest website, and stay tuned for more announcements in August. If you’re not vaccinated yet, please make it a priority so you can enjoy these in-person events safely! 

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