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Nashville Film Institute's filmmaking diploma course is fast-paced, focused on the filmmaker, and teaches every commercial application of the moving image. We believe that communication is an Art form, and that in order for artists to best project their ideas onto the screen, they need to know the filmmaking technology, business, and techniques involved in the entire film production process.
At the NFI film school, we want to help you share your beliefs, your style, and your stories with the world... we want you to tell your stories. The curriculum is for people who want to roll up their sleeves, work hard, and quickly get to work behind the camera and in the editing room.


Get on the fast track: Cinema Production Program


Start your new career today by taking the first step: download the NFI Brochure.

NFI Film Instructors

Interview with Matt Coale

NFI Instructor and Advidsory Board member Matt Coale sits for an interview as part of his Cinematography course. The interview was lit and filmed by NFI students.

NFI Alumni Parents

Interview with April Clary

NFI alumni parent, April Clary, talks about NFI, and her son's education and experiences while a student at the Nashville Film Institute.


Nashville Film Institute is accredited by ACCET
Nashville Film Institute is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by NFI, please visit http://www.tn.gov/thec/topic/authorized-institutions-data
Nashville Film Institute is approved by the Tennessee State Approving Agency for training of veterans and their eligible dependents

Diploma Program

The Cinema Production Program at Nashville Film Institute gets you ready for a career in the film industry. While studying, you and your fellow students create your own films. You learn, you do, and you create your reel. By the end of the 9-month program, many CPP graduates have already started on their new careers!

Hands-on training

At NFI, students don't just talk about films. They make them. You don't need a background in filmmaking or photography, either. You just need a passion for film, and the dedication to work hard. Throughout the entire program students learn by doing. You grab the cameras, rig the lights, and in the filmmaking diploma program, every student has their own Mac laptop with editing software!

Summer Camp Programs

NFI offers unique summer camp style programs for younger students.

Alumni Network

All NFI graduates become part of the Nashville Film Institute's network of alumni who are working throughout the country, for production companies, or running their own business.