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54th Nashville Film Festival Announces Creators Conference and Music Program Events


54th Nashville Film Festival Announces Creators Conference and Music Program Events

Professional Development Conference Brings Together the Brightest Minds in Film and Music Industries to Learn and Collaborate

Nashville, Tenn. (September 14, 2023) – The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) today announced the 2023 Creators Conference program, which will include special panelists, artist showcases and pitch competitions for the festival’s acclaimed Music Program and Pitchworld workshop as part of the 54th annual festival taking place September 28-October 4, 2023. Tickets and VIP badges are now available for all events at

Creators Conference

This three-day professional conference connects filmmakers and industry leaders in a mix of panels that explore current industry trends and cultural topics in the film and music industries. This year, the conference will take place September 29-October 1 and feature film-focused panels and events at Arc Studios and BMI.

From AI Illuminated: The Future of Film, a panel discussing the groundbreaking applications of artificial intelligence, to Indie Insights: A Conversation with Filmmakers and Producers, a dive into to the art of independent filmmaking, the 2023 Creators Conference will host timely and insightful conversations that address several important aspects in the creative industries.

This year’s impressive lineup of panelists and moderators includes; Steve Dorff, Tracy McKnight, Emily Best, Christin Baker, Milan Chakraborty, Gill Holland, Felipe Dieppa, Justin Wylie, Nathan Thompson, Kali Bailey, Keith Sam Jr., Ash Greyson, Dave DeBorde, Mark Isham, Ashley Irwin, Philip Gilpin Jr., Whitni Resides, Mark Brown, Jesse Santoyo, Randa Newman, Ali Alsaleh, and Rebecca Lines.

Music Program

The Nashville Film Festival Music Program is back again with two and a half days of music industry panels, showcases, meet & greet and exclusive VIP events featuring the industry’s top music supervisors. A celebration of all things music and film, attendees can expect an in-depth look at the role of talented musicians within film, TV and advertising.

This year, the educational sync music panels will take place September 28 and 29 at Country Music Association (CMA) Music Row and include Melodic Marketing: The Science and Craft of Music in Advertising, an immersive journey through the strategic and artistic process of selecting and crafting songs for commercials; Harmonizing Screens: The Evolution of Music in Today’s TV Landscape, a captivating discussion on the integral role that music plays in shaping the modern TV experience; Tuned for Intrigue: The Power of Music in Today’s Trailers and Promos, an in-depth dissection of the pivotal role that music plays in shaping viewer perception; and Sonic Enchantment: The Art of Music in Today’s Film Industry, a deeper look at film soundtracks and their profound impact on contemporary cinema.

The special artist showcase features four intimate guest performances from twelve incredible artists, including Ashley Monroe and Meghan Linsey, as well as new emerging talent Makayla Lynn, Shaeden Madi, Senobia, Tim Gent, Natalie Madigan, Emmalee, Leigh Nash, Claire Ernst, Sawyer and Nick Connors on September 27-29 at Music Row’s live music venue, Electric Jane.


Every great show starts with an idea, and every idea needs a great pitch to sell it. Hosted by Catalyst Content Festival, selected creators will present their ideas for TV shows, podcasts and web series in five-minute onstage pitches where they’ll get feedback and tips from experienced professionals in a fun, educational and supportive setting. Pitch World will be held on Saturday, September 30 from 3-6 pm at Arc Studios. The day will begin with two episodic focused panels, followed by pitches. Panelists will be announced at the event.

“The NashFilm Creators Conference program provides an incredible experience for creatives at all stages of their careers and explores so many important industry topics,” said Jason Padgitt, Executive Director of the Nashville Film Festival. “We are extremely proud of the program’s continued growth and grateful for the participation and perspectives of so many prominent industry leaders.”

Creators Conference events are open to the public with individual tickets available at the NashFilm website; the festival’s VIP badges offer admission to all events. In addition, the Festival offers a Creators Conference Badge for audience members interested in attending all panels and music program events. Individual tickets may be purchased to single panels and events. The full 2023 Creators Conference, Music Program and Pitchworld schedule can be found here.

About the 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 54th festival from September 28-October 4, 2023. For more information, visit