Defy Film Festival in Nashville, TN
August 23-24, 2019
Defy Film Festival is disruptive. It’s inspiring. It’s curating films for audiences that resist traditional processes to elevate experimentation and create conversations.
See below for what happened in 2018 and stay tuned for details of next year's festival in 2019.
“Defy discovered filmmakers who took the traditions by the shoulders and shook out the dust.”
The two-day film festival, held at Studio 615 on Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th in East Nashville, aims to bring together filmmakers and fans in a creative experience that connects people with art that will surprise them. It’s not about comedies, dramas, documentaries; it’s about the film -- not the genre. Simply put, audiences can expect features and shorts that defy standards and expectations.
Festival founders and filmmakers, Billy Senese and Dycee Wildman, created the concept for Defy over a conversation about movies. They asked themselves, “What films over the past 5 to 10 years moved us the most?” Their answer: Films that build on traditional formulas that work, then taking them to another level or place unlike we’ve seen before with storytelling, technology, and execution.
“It’s for filmmakers who see what’s happening, what needs to happen and how to make it different. It’s for the visionaries who see new places to go in the process.”
Defy has three objectives: Bring great films to Nashville, pair them with engaged audiences in an experience that fosters conversations about pushing boundaries in filmmaking. That’s what great art does -- it connects and creates beyond the screen and continues to inspire long after the audience leaves.
For more information visit defyfilmfestival.com and follow the conversation online using #DefyFF.