No need to fret about the rain because a flood of creatives will be infusing this town with new talent and interesting stories to share. Join them to celebrate the diversity of the human spirit expressed through the art of film. Watch out – the Green Hills megaplex will host the annual Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) from April 18 to 25, bringing together regional, foreign, and international filmmakers, actors, media critics, photographers, and film enthusiasts.
Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, NaFF was originally known as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration. Most recently, in 2003, it was renamed The Nashville Film Festival and has been named one of the Top 5 Film Festivals in the U.S. by the Brooks Institute. Over 25,000 visitors attended last year’s event, and another awesome crowd is expected again this year. While last year’s event was saturated with nominations from Middle Tennesseans, this year’s adds on a new twist, welcoming more female directors than ever before. Four of the 13 films so far in the narrative competition are created by women. Nice work, ladies. According to the Nashville Scene, that’s four more than Cannes had in it’s 2012 lineup. Groups like Sundance labs and additional outreach programs have incubated a great era of female filmmakers.
Gypsy Caravan refers to the NaFF as “a mythical place” and comments that it contains “a rich selection of top-quality films, lively audiences from early morning to late at night, and really friendly festival staff making everything flow quite smoothly.”
Never experienced the thrill of engaging in these independent films? Maybe you just want to support talented women making a big statement in the filmmaking business? If you’re inclined to see a few films, why not take the time to volunteer, get a free ticket, and scope the scene (no pun intended)? NaFF has a reputation of being one of the friendliest festivals on the circuit, and that would not happen without the volunteers. The volunteers help guide people to the right places, assist guests into and out of theaters, make sure the grounds are tidy, answer questions about the facility, and much more.
Scan Ushers – Collect tickets upon entry, hand out ballots and balloting instructions, collect ballots as patrons exit the theater, direct patrons to correct theaters, and help clean up theaters between films.
Volunteer Booth – Assist with check-in and check-out of volunteers, point people in the right direction, and assist Volunteer Coordinator.
Box Office – Organize will-call tickets, assist patrons with scheduling questions, and check on ticket availability.
Logistics/Facilities – Assist the Facilities Manager with various areas of responsibility including area transitions, fleet vehicle parking and clean-up, extra seating needs, and whatever else is needed.
Floaters – Help out in ‘hot-spots’ when extra help is needed in any of the above areas – usually crowd control and ushering with the large theater seatings.
Press & Industry (VIP) tent – Check laminates to verify access to the VIP tent; set-up and replenish refreshments; clear tables when necessary; call any issues to the attention of the proper people. Some off-site opportunities.
Projection – Help organize films to be shown by day and time; queue and mark times, aspect ratio, and other notes on films; keep films organized on the shelf before and after their viewing times; run any errands necessary for the projection staff. This position is in the projection hall above the theaters, so low light and close quarters are to be expected.