FilmNashville Foundation was founded in 2007 as the 501(c)(3) sister organization for FilmNashville, the 501(c)(6) trade organization launched in 2003. Both organizations have been comprised of professionals in a wide spectrum of the film, television and related industries, and the same core organizers launched both entities. Activities have included:

  • Over 200 panels and workshops for the business of film and television, including business lectures at the Watkins Film School, Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb, Nashville Film Institute, Art Institute of TN – Nashville, and Downtown Nashville Library*Production of annual town meetings that involved all organizations, schools and office related to film and television
  • Launching the Nashville 48 Hour Film Project and producing it for the first 5 years
  • 40+ e-bulletins per year in support of the growth of our industry, since 2003
  • Worked with the TN Film Commission in 2006 to help coordinate statewide efforts with Memphis Film Commission, Knoxville Film Office, and Film & Culture Office in Chattanooga to launch our Tennessee film incentives and the Visual Content Act, with a $10 million initial appropriation
  • Establishing the Nashy Awards, given to one person each year for outstanding contributions to the growth of the Nashville film community — recipients have included Armanda Costanza, founder of AC, Inc.; John Cherry, creator of the ERNEST movie franchise; Coke Sams, writer/director of many projects; Glen Trew, founder of Trew Audio; Curt Hahn, founder of Film House and writer/director/producer of numerous projects; Jim Ridley, editor and writer of the Nashville Scene; Beth Curley, CEO of WNPT; Mayor Karl Dean, supporter of numerous for-profit and non-profit film/television efforts, including the NASHVILLE scripted series; and other recipients
  • Establishing and maintaining a production directory, including an advanced version, for the Nashville film/television industry
  • Launching and maintaining FILM-COM business conference and market for feature films, scripted television, unscripted television and documentaries — now in its 14th year