- Dates: April 18 - April 25, 2013
- Website: www.nashvillefilmfestival.org/
Nashville Film Festival
One of America’s oldest film festivals and the oldest in the U.S. Southeast, the Nashville Film Festival combines the music culture of America’s country capital with up-and-coming producers and directors. The festival has an appreciation for the role of music in film and of music in general, and is often the premier regional film festival stop in the South for future indie favorites. While taking place in the increasingly crowded Spring festival landscape, the event has managed to stand out by focusing on the local color and culture that Nashville offers as a city as well as on its programming. In addition, the festival has been able to draw celebrities that also call Nashville home, such as Al Gore, Ben Folds, Ashley Judd, and Nicole Kidman. Even after a full day of screenings, filmmakers and festival guests have been known to keep going into the early morning hours, soaking up Southern hospitality, food, and fantastic live music in the city's numerous bars and clubs. Nashville offers special awards for best LGBT film and individual awards for best film by a black, Hispanic, woman, and young person. The festival's events are enhanced by the city's many special concerts that are offered simultaneous to the festival. "To put it bluntly, the 40th Nashville Film Festival kicked ass," an Indiewire reporter wrote about the fest.