Defy // 2019


There is such a great film-and-arts community in Nashville, and we feel it’s just getting started.

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We are filmmakers ourselves

and we know how difficult it is to make independent film. It requires an investment of time and commitment to the vision to see it through to the end. We take this same approach with Defy. We care about every single film we program, and want the audiences to take each film to heart.

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4 Years of Defy

We started Defy Film Festival in 2016 to bring together filmmakers and Nashville audiences in a creative experience that will surprise and move them. We are gearing up for our third year, and each year, more and more filmmakers travel from all over the world to our festival in East Nashville to show their films and discuss them with our audiences. Each year, our attendance and reach grows.

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Our festival takes place in August in East Nashville at Studio 615. In 2018, we screened 76 films in two days, on two simultaneous screens.

We have the Main Room which seats approximately 100-110 people and the Headphone Room, which seats approximately 35-40 people.

Our Theatres:
Main Room seats 100-110
Headphone Room seats 35-40

We are looking for local partnerships to help us build this festival into something stronger and even more wonderful.

When we approach a new sponsorship partner, we seek a mutually beneficial relationship. We look for the areas we need help the most, then see how we can turn that into a win-win for both of us. In our first three years, we have worked with some of Nashville's most beloved local brands and companies to bring Defy to life.


Let’s Get Creative

We prefer to work together with our sponsorship partners to custom-tailor a mutually beneficial deal. Here are some of the things we can offer in exchange for your investment this year:


Exclusivity Opportunities:
*Naming rights: Theatre ($2,000+ value) — 2 available
*Naming rights: Lounge ($1,000+ value) — 1 available
*Sponsorship category exclusivity (for $500-and-up sponsors)

$250-750 packages can include:
*Weekend passes for unlimited screenings
*Tickets to individual screenings for your staff
*Bottomless drink cups
*Logo and link on Defy website
*Logo projected between screenings in Main & Headphone theatres
*Social Media shout-outs before, during, and after event
*Logo and link in newsletters before, during, and after event


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Thank you for your consideration.

Our hope is that our taste-making audiences made up of hundreds of Nashvillians and visitors to our town will see your messaging all weekend and associate their experience with your brand.

We want this to be a win-win-WIN:

A win for your brand, a win for Defy, and a WIN for our crowds