Nashville Film Festival Announces Shorts Programs, Episodics, NextGen and VR Competition Programs; Selections Hail From Over 20 Different Countries

Virtual Festival Will Expand Audience Reach and Increase Accessibility for 2020 Selections.

Nashville, Tenn. -- August 27, 2020 -- The Nashville Film Festival today announced its official program selections for its Shorts Programs, Episodics, NextGen and VR Competition Programs for the 51st edition of the festival, taking place virtually from October 1-7, 2020.

Selections for the Shorts Programs, Episodics, NextGen and VR Competition Programs come from over 20 countries and cover diverse genres, including documentary, narrative, and animated shorts.

"Short form filmmaking is an open frontier for filmmakers, often free from the systemic and economic constraints of Hollywood, which allows for greater innovation, personalization and exploration,” said Robert Torres, shorts programmer for the Nashville Film Festival. “Each year is such a rich process of discovery, and we are deeply honored to bring our selection of the year's best short films from around the globe to our Nashville audience."


An Occurrence At Arverne (USA), Directed by: Robert Broadhurst
Beauty Boys (France), Directed by: Florent Gouelou
Blocks (USA), Directed by: Bridget Moloney
Chlorine (Australia), Directed by: Melissa Anastasi
Cramming (USA), Directed by: Dan Perlman
Da Yie (Ghana, Belgium), Directed by: Anthony Nti
Exam (Iran), Directed by: Sonia K Hadad
For Your Consideration (USA), Directed by: Poppy Gordon
Goodbye, Golovin (Canada), Directed by: Mathieu Grimard
Hell and Such (Spain), Directed by: Enrique Buleo
Henet Ward (Egypt), Directed by: Morad Mostafa
Important Police Shit (USA), Directed by: Andrew T. Betzer
Kama'āina (USA), Directed by: Kimi Howl Lee
La Gloria (USA), Directed by: Mary Evangelista
Lodestar (USA), Directed by: Max Clark
My Hero (USA), Directed by: Logan Jackson
Sloan Hearts Neckface (USA), Directed by: Justin Fair
Sticker (Macedonia), Directed by: Georgi M. Unkovski
Stray Dogs Come Out at Night (Pakistan), Directed by: Hamza Bangash
Tapes (USA), Directed by: Betsy Kenney & Dara Katz
The Comedown (USA), Directed by: TJ Choi
The Other Side of Night (USA), Directed by: Jaclyn Noel
The Visit (Iran), Directed by: Azadeh Moussavi
Two Little Boys (USA), Directed by: Farbod Khoshtinat
Union County (USA), Directed by: Adam Meeks
White Eye (Israel), Directed by: Tomer Shushan
Zoo (Canada), Directed by: Will Niava


Bug Farm (USA), Directed by: Lydia Cornett
Call Center Blues (Mexico), Directed by: Geeta Gandbhir
Dia De La Madre (USA), Directed by: Ashley Brandon, Dennis Hohne
Huntsville Station (USA), Directed by: Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone
Kachalka (Ukraine, Ireland), Directed by: Gar O'Rourke
Mr. Somebody (USA), Directed by: Brian Wertheim
My Brother’s Keeper (UK/Mauritania), Directed by: Laurence Topham
The Heart Still Hums (USA), Directed by: Savanah Leaf & Taylor Russell
The Seeker (USA), Directed by: Lance Edmands
The Starr Sisters (USA), Directed by: Bridey Elliott & Beth Einhorn
To Calm The Pig Inside (Philippines), Directed by: Joanna Vasquez Arong


Crunch (USA), Directed by: Liukaidi Peng
Hibiscus Season (Canada), Directed by: Éléonore Goldberg
If Anything Happens I Love You (USA), Directed by: Will McCormack, Michael Govier
Inès (Switzerland), Directed by: Élodie Dermange
Kapaemahu (USA), Directed by: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
O28 (France), Directed by: Otalia Caussé, Geoffroy Collin, Louise Grardel, Antoine Marchand, Robin Merle, Fabien Meyran
Prickly Jam (New Zealand), Directed by: James Cunningham
Sh_t Happens (Czech Republic), Directed by: Michaela Mihalyi, David Stumpf
Something Borrowed (UK), Directed by: Micky Wozny
Tiger Who Came to Tea (UK), Directed by: Taylor Meacham
To Gerard (USA), Directed by: Taylor Meacham
To The Dusty Sea (France), Directed by: Héloïse Ferlay
Toomas Beneath The Valley of the Wild Wolves (Estonia), Directed by: Chintis Lundgren
Wade (India), Directed by: Kalp Sanghvi, Upamanyu Bhattacharyya


Dye-Red (USA), Directed by: Vittoria Campaner
Foreign Powers (USA), Directed by: Bingham Bryant
Hoss (USA), Directed by: Ryan McGlade
Like Flying (USA), Directed by: Peier Tracy Shen
Renchik (USA), Directed by: Andrew Theodore Balasia
Tantrums (USA), Directed by: Zander Coté
Waters of March (USA), Directed by: Chase Johnson 


Apricot (USA), Directed by: Sam Icklow and Jake Thompson
Blackwater (USA), Directed by: Boise B Esquerra
Circus Person (USA), Directed by: Britt Lower
Gets Good Light (USA), Directed by: Alejandra Parody
Heart to Heart (UK), Directed by: Lilah Vandenburgh
Inferno (USA), Directed by: Wendy Roderweiss
It’s What She Would Have Wanted (USA), Directed by: Nate Trinrud
Magic Hour (USA), Directed by: Che Grayson
One Night (USA), Directed by: Grant Gadbois
Pretty People (USA), Directed by: Shelby Blake Bartelstein
Wheelhouse (USA), Directed by: JJ Shebesta


100% Girl (Taiwan), Directed by: Chen Liangyu
Best Seat in the House (USA), Directed by: Lily Gibbons
Big Touch (USA), Directed by: Christopher Tenzis
Cat Burglar (USA), Directed by: Tyler Aldridge, Ngoc Chi Nguyen, Virginia Lake Petty
Chi Chi (USA), Directed by: Chelsey d'Adesky
Enter Recession (USA), Directed by: John Thomas Dickson
Furthest From (USA), Directed by: Kyung Sok Kim
Ghazaal (India), Directed by: Ragini Bhasin
Good Boy Richard (USA), Directed by: Daniel Haycox
Heading South (USA), Directed by: Yuan Yuan
Mas Bowls (USA), Directed by: Max Christian Tullio
Mis-remember (USA), Directed by: Mason LaHue
Miss Curvy (UK), Directed by: Ghada Eldemellawy
On the Fenceline: A Fight For Clean Air (USA), Directed by: Tara Eng, Kristen Harrison, Alex Klein, Alisha Tamarchenko
Real Talk (USA), Directed by: Artemis Shaw
Referral (Hungary), Directed by: Annabella Schnabel
Rio (Russian Federation), Directed by: Zhenia Kazankina
Skip Tracer (USA), Directed by: Sydney Tooley


A Safe Guide to Dying (USA), Directed by: Dimitris Tsilifonis
Hominidae (USA), Directed by: Brian Andrews
Legends of the Brush (USA), Directed by: SUTU
Lux Sine (USA), Directed by: Alex Suber, Breton Schwarzenbach
The Curious Case of Bill Mont (USA), Directed by: Andrea Patiño Contreras & Katrina Sorrentino
Upstander (USA), Directed by: Van Phan

Additional programming announcements for Nashville Film Festival’s virtual event will continue through early September. Film stills and logos are available upon request.

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About Nashville Film Festival 

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally recognized nonprofit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and will host its 51st festival from October 1-7, 2020. For more information, visit