NaFF Announces Wrap Up Numbers and Audience Award Winners
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April 25, 2013
For Immediate Release

Deb Pinger

Nashville Film Festival Announces a Year of Firsts and Audience Awards
For Immediate Release – The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF,) which wraps up today at Regal Green Hills Cinemas, broke records and charted new territory.   The Festival, presented by Nissan, closed its 44th consecutive year with a 5.7% increase in attendance, bringing in a total of 27,813 attendees.

“This year we are celebrating a number of firsts,” said Ted Crockett, executive director.  “We programmed a significant international segment that included 15 Kurdish films, filmmakers and journalists from Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) and a celebration for Nashville’s large Kurdish population at the War Memorial Auditorium.  For the first time, NaFF hosted a high-profile group from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and, we gave our first, annual NaFF Beacon Award to Butch Spyridon of the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Corporation.”  The award, designed by noted Nashville artist, Alan LeQuire, depicts an artist offering his face, heart and soul to the world.

The Festival, presented by Nissan, also broke records for the number of film entries and screenings.  This year it garnered 3,004 entries and screened 268 films from 49 countries.  “We had more entries than we could have predicted,” said artistic director, Brian Owens.  “This is due, in part, to the fact that NaFF is an Academy Award Qualifier for short narratives. I also attribute it to our reputation as a fun festival for filmmakers and as a great city to visit.  Also, we were able to bring in exceptional special presentation films,” added Owens.  “They drew full-house crowds across the board.”

Owens announced the winners of the Audience Favorite Awards:      

U.S. Documentary:  Two: The Story of Roman and Nyro, directed by Heather Winters      
U.S. Narrative: The Way Way Back, directed by Nat Faxon     
World Doc:  McCullin, directed by David and Jacqui Morris      
World Narrative – Kon-Tiki, directed by Joachim Ronning, and Espen Sandberg                                   
Unfinished Song directed by Paul Andrew Williams
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Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), presented by Nissan, brings the world to Nashville in an 8 - day celebration of film.  Attended by filmmakers and industry insiders, and open to the public, NaFF screens more than 268 films from 49 countries. NaFF celebrates the diversity of the human voice and vision by curating program segments to include Latino, Black, GLBT, Jewish and Kurdish films. Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, it is one of the oldest (44-years) film festivals in the U.S. As an Academy Award Qualifying Event, NaFF draws filmmakers and celebrity guests to its red carpet at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. The Festival annually garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine, Film Festival Today, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine. More information on each film and film stills are available at

More information on each film and film stills are available at

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