Meet Cinematography Instructor Mark Gary

Take a minute to learn a little about NFI’s cinematography instructor, Mark Gary.

NFI Announces New Writers’ Room Curriculum Extension

Nashville Film Institute Program Director, Michael Tabb, is heading up an entirely new initiative for NFI graduates and current students in the form of the Nashville Film Institute Writers’ Room. The Writers’ Room gives those who want to go beyond the core writing curriculum in NFI’s Cinema Production Program the opportunity to meet, expand their…

NFI Program Director Matthew Perkins Interviewed On Money Matters

Check out a recent interview with Nashville Film Institute Program Director Matthew Perkins on the Monday Matters podcast! Click here to listen to the podcast.


Our post-graduation placement rate is higher than 70%.

As an accredited film school – financial aid for those who qualify (FAFSA) – Nashville Film Institute is focused on building the careers of our students and alumni.  And because our program is hands-on and in the industry, many of our students have contracts and job offers lined up before they even graduate. And NFI, our success is built from the successful careers of our alumni.


All day, every day, we’re creating filmmakers. We believe in getting our students totally immersed in the film industry and eliminating distractions. We provide the fast track, avoiding unrelated topics and useless credit hours. We get our students out of the traditional classroom, in the field, on set, and behind the camera. It’s hands-on creativity every single day.


At the NFI, our family of filmmakers creates a one-of-a-kind culture. From students to faculty to alumni, we’re all obsessed with one thing: making movies. And, because filmmaking is inherently a team experience, we’re all continuously collaborating, brainstorming, and building relationships, both as friends and colleagues. Together, we challenge, encourage, and shape one another as production artists.


At the NFI, all of our faculty are actively involved in the film industry. They’re producers, writers, editors, actors, stylists, and more. This provides our students with rich perspectives on trends and technology, exposure to an active network of professionals, and real-world mentoring.


As one of the fastest growing cities in America, Nashville’s film industry is rapidly expanding. Our city was built on the entertainment industry and southern hospitality. Our local community of artists truly cares about the next generation and is always willing to provide new opportunities. From music videos to television shows to national commercials, Nashville receives high praise for it’s commitment to excellence in the industry.


You want to start your career. We get you started in only nine months.

We equip filmmakers to with the skills, network, and hands-on experiences needed to hit the ground running. NFI’s Cinema Production Program is like bootcamp for filmmakers.