PUSH! Film Festival Late Deadline for Film Competition, Venues Set

Posted on: Tuesday - May 5, 2015

Bristol, VA/TN – PUSH! Film Festival is off to a great start with multiple submissions for its film competition! The inaugural festival will be held on June 12—14, 2015 in Historic Downtown Bristol.  The festival plans to host a variety of curated movies, workshops and presentations about film, along with screenings of juried films including shorts, features, and films focused on Tennessee and Virginia. 

Films will be shown on the big screen in the historic Paramount Center for the Arts, as well as the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s performance theatre and a Friday night kick-off with BVU’s Movies in Cumberland Square Park. Workshops ranging from the technical side of film making to costuming and education, will be held for free at the Bristol Public Library. The PUSH! programming committee has received over 75 film submissions so far, with films submitted from Germany, Italy, Australia, Croatia, Belgium, Serbia, and Kazakhstan.

The juried film competition will award prizes in four categories: Best Short, Best Feature, Best Tennessee Film, and Best Virginia Film. With the last two categories, the films must have been shot (in part or in whole) in the relevant state or have been made by a filmmaker whose hometown or current residence is in Tennessee or Virginia.

The regular deadline for the film competition ended on April 20, but filmmakers who missed this date still have time to enroll in the film competition. The late deadline for film submissions is May 18, 2015.  Filmmakers can submit their films via Film Freeway (, or by sending an email screener link to committee member Rusty Sheridan (, who is coordinating the film competition. While electronic submission is encouraged, filmmakers can also submit a DVD by mail to Believe in Bristol, Attn. PUSH! Film Festival, PO Box 1931, Bristol, TN 37621. 

A small fee for submissions is required – for shorts, Tennessee, and Virginia films, the fee is $25; for features, the fee is $40. Students and educators can submit films for free.

Filmmakers will be notified of the status of their film in early June after going through the jurying process.

For more information about PUSH! Film Festival and the film competition (including rules and guidelines), visit or, or contact Christina Blevins at 276-644-9700 or

About PUSH! Film Festival

PUSH! Film Festival is a first-year event that will take place on the weekend of June 12—14, 2015 in bustling Historic Downtown Bristol TN/VA. As a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts in the heart of the twin cities of Bristol, the festival will bring diverse films to our community and showcase the best regional filmmakers. PUSH! aims to expand the artistic image of our region, engage new audiences in the world of film, and inspire creativity in all of us. The festival will be also play host to exciting parties and workshops for filmmakers and audience members alike. PUSH! will offer something for people of all ages; you won't want to miss any of the three days of this unique cultural experience. For more information about the PUSH! Film Festival, visit

About Believe in Bristol 

Believe in Bristol’s mission is to foster the collaborative vibrant nature of both Bristols by building a community of culture, lifestyle, heritage, music, and economy. Located in Historic Downtown Bristol TN/VA, Believe in Bristol strives to strengthen the heart and soul of our historic downtown and facilitate its future growth by implementing the Main Street Four Point Approach focusing on Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring. For more information about Believe in Bristol, visit