Nashville Film School, Tennessee

Film Schools Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville Film Institute

Nashville Film Institute – 191 Polk Ave, Nashville, TN focus on students learning whilst collaborating on various projects.

With a 9-month Diploma available in Cinema Production, Nashville Film Institute also holds a vocational 4-week course in Acting for the Camera.

  • Basic (Improv, Intro to the camera, Intro to Meisner Technique)
  • Intermediate (Comedy Workshop, Scene Study, Audition Techniques)
  • Advanced (Sketch Comedy, Stand Up for Actors, Dialects, Combat)
  • Fees: $21,000 (9-month Diploma)
  • $2250 (All 3 acting classes)

Watkins College of Art

Watkins College of Art – Metro Center area of North Nashville, TN was established in 1985 and merged with Belmont University January 2020 and has a majority female student population at 62% this academic year.

Watkins offer Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Film and Post-Graduate degrees in Visual Arts.

Course available:

  • Cinematography
  • Film/Video Production.
  • Fees: $30,000-$42,000

Nossi College of Art

Nossi College of Art – 590 Creative Way, Madison is a private 4-year college offering bachelor’s degree programs.

Course available: Cinematography and Film/Video Production covering:

  • Studio Lighting Techniques
  • Intro to Video and Film
  • Cinematic Techniques
  • Screenwriting
  • Editing

Taught by Hans Chilberg who has years of experience in short films, live music videos, animation and commercials.

Talent Agencies Nashville

AMAX Talent

AMAX Talent – Established by Cherlyann Stephens. Representing Hair & Makeup Artists, Wardrobe, Prop and Off-Figure Stylists, Fashion/commercial/print models and actors.

Talent Trek Agency

Talent Trek Agency – Founded in 1983 and co-owned by Charlotte Denison and Juanell Walker. Providing actors, models, photographers, acting classes and instructors, and theatre groups.

Tribe Talent Management

Tribe Talent Management – representing new and experienced models and actors.

Advantage Talent Agency

Advantage Talent Agency – Established 23 years ago, representing actors and models. Actor credits in Film and TV shows such as Fast and Furious 7, Nashville and Army Wives.

The Avenue Agency

The Avenue Agency – For models and actors, Avenue Agency has credits for Film and TV shows such as Black Panther, The Walking Dead and Stranger Things.


Paradigm – A global representation talent agency to artists in TV, live music, motion picture, theatre, comedy, voiceover, digital and book publishing.

Acting Classes and Workshops Nashville

4th Wall Acting Studio of Nashville

4th Wall Acting Studio of Nashville – 1703 Jo Johnston Avenue recently relocated their studio from Los Angeles to Nashville in 2015. Classes:

  • Scene Study
  • Character Development
  • Script Analysis
  • Dramatic Improv
  • Beginner Improv (8 Weeks)
  • Intermediate Improv (12 Weeks)
  • Advanced Improv (12 Weeks)
  • The Harrold Bootcamp (8 Weeks)

With William Scott Arnold at the helm at 4th Wall Acting Studio of Nashville, he has helped coach actors such as True Blood’s Marian Klaveno, The Walking Dead’s Josh McDermitt and Son’s of Anarchy’s Jeff Newman.

Actor’s Bridge

Actor’s Bridge – 4610 Charlotte Avenue are a training program for new and seasoned actors specializing in the Meisner Technique. Classes:

  • Meisner Technique 101
  • Meisner Technique Advanced Monologue Coaching
  • Performances and script reading book clubs are additional workshops, with additional classes for female identifying teens and adults – Act Like a GRRRL and Act Like a Big GRRRL which are performance and writing programs.
  • Fees: $450 – $1250

Nashville Acting Studio

was started by Caroline Locorriere in 2008. Caroline has coached actors that have appeared in The Social Network, In Time, Flight Plan, Vampire Diaries and more. Classes:

  • Script Analysis
  • Camera Appropriateness
  • Traditional Scene Study
  • On Camera Classes
  • Private and On Set Coaching is also available.

Acting Colleges Nashville

Belmont University (Department of Theatre and Dance) offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for students interested in a serious career as a professional actor in theatre and other mediums.

  • Classes taken toward graduation:
  • Acting
  • Movement
  • Stage Voice
  • Professional Development
  • Fees: Average $35,000 – $52,000

Film Tax Incentives Tennessee

Incentives in Tennessee are deigned to capitalize on their current entertainment assets and explore opportunities for job creation. Since 2012, projects with budgets over $200,000 have been eligible for grants of 25% of their qualified expenditures for Feature Films, TV pilots and scripted TV series.

Further funding and tax benefits on Hotel Occupancy, State Sales Tax and Free Locations are also available subject to qualification. Details can be obtained, and applications put forward through the Film Commission and directory website

Film Festivals Nashville

Nashville Film Festival runs annually in October and is in its 51st year, showcasing some of the best in film, music and culture, presenting world cinema, American Independent films and documentaries with Academy Award status.

Showcasing over 200 films and shorts, Nashville Film Festival holds awards for winners in each category, ranging from drama to horror, animated and music documentaries.

Southeastern International Film Festival is headquartered in Nashville, TN and runs annually across cities in the South East to help make independent films more prevalent across the U.S. Founded by independent filmmakers, Southeastern International Film Festival is promoted across towns though events and screenings.

Tennessee Film Commission

For a comprehensive directory of locations, crew, incentives and production assistants the Tennessee Film Commission has an easy access website for all production companies looking to film their next project in the state.

Containing information about the history and cities in Tennessee, the directory also provides direct access to talent agency websites and information about current news and events. To find support with any film related enquiries, this directory has all the information needed. The website is