Nashville Jewish Film Festival seeks student filmmakers

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by tgregory

Attention, filmmakers: There’s still time to enter your work in the 2017 Nashville Jewish Film Festival’s Kathryn H. Gutow Student Film Competition, until Sept. 16, to be exact. The winner of the competition, bearing the name of a co-founder of the NJFF, takes home a $1,000 cash prize and the winning film is shown at next spring’s Nashville Film Festival.

The Nashville Jewish Film Festival (NJFF), now in its 17th year, runs from Oct. 17 through Nov. 11. Fifteen films in all will be shown at venues including the Belcourt Theater in Hillsboro Village, at the Gordon Jewish Community Center for the senior matinee and closing night, and at the new Bellevue 12 Theatre on two Saturdays, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, says Festival Director Fran Brumlik. Among the films are documentaries, a mockumentary, comedies and drama.

“One of the most exciting things (about a film festival) is nurturing young talent,” Brumlik says. Student film competition winners have included “West Bank Story” and “Jewish Blind Date,” both of which have gained additional recognition and accolades in the film world.

“Last year’s winner was from Switzerland,” she says. Another student competition winner was from Israel. “It’s very exciting to get films from Switzerland and all over the world.”

Contestants can submit multiple entries. The cash prize is awarded by Creative Artists Association. Films by the four finalists for the prize are shown at the NJFF and a winner is chosen. For full information on the contest and entry rules, go to