NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Nissan North America, based in the Cool Springs area of Franklin, Tennessee, will be the presenting sponsor of the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) when it takes place April 14-21, 2011 at the Regal Green Hills Cinemas.
The Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan, as it will now be known, enters its 42nd year after a five-year stretch of increased attendance, remarkable world and national premieres, visits by notable filmmakers and celebrities, and national recognition for films that went on to significant theatre runs. The 2010 festival, with an attendance of 22,500, opened with two sold-out houses and a near-capacity third for the teenage John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy” and ended with a two-theatre sellout of the Adrian Grenier-directed documentary “Teenage Paparazzo” and performances at the Cannery by The Good Listeners and Sam & Ruby. Overall, 16 screenings sold out at the Festival, which included a dozen World Premieres and appearances on the Oreck Red Carpet by Beth Grant, Sheryl Crow, Jane Seymour, Mario Van Peebles, Michael Clarke Duncan, Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and more.
“In the few years that we’ve called Middle Tennessee home, we’ve been deeply impressed by the dedication to the arts in this community,” said Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marketing, Nissan Division. “As one of the most respected regional film festivals in the nation, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the finest examples of that dedication. We’re proud to be a part of such a fantastic community-supported event.”
“As the official automobile sponsor of the Festival, we’ve had such a great relationship with Nissan in the last few years,” says Sallie Mayne, NaFF executive director. “We’ve used their cars to transport filmmakers and VIPS around the city, and have introduced attendees to Nissan’s latest vehicles by displaying them outside the theatre. This is really an outstanding sign of Nissan’s commitment to the festival, our partnership and this community. It really helps us take things to the next level. We’re thrilled.”
Films in major competition will be announced in mid-February. Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on April 7.
About Nissan in North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com.
About Nashville Film Festival
The longest-running film festival in the South, NaFF also ranks among the most prestigious, continually garnering accolades and notice from a wide range of entertainment and trade publications, including the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine, Film Festival Today, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine. Between 2003 and 2009, NaFF’ attendance numbers doubled, capped off with a staggering 26% increase in festival goers between 2006 and 2007. In 2010, nearly 23,000 film lovers, entertainment professionals and industry insiders from all over the world made the trek to NaFF, enjoying 258 films from 48 countries, incisive industry panels, music showcases and spirited party mixers.
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