BRISTOL, Va. — PUSH! Film Festival, hosted by Believe in Bristol, is accepting film submissions for its fifth annual festival scheduled for Oct. 12.

The PUSH! planning committee is putting a call out for Tennessee and Virginia shorts — these films must be shot (in part or in whole) in either state, or made by a filmmaker whose hometown or current residence is in either state.

PUSH! is also calling for features, with no restrictions on origin. Through juried competition, shorts from both states, along with one feature, will be chosen to be screened at the festival.

“The film festival committee is looking forward on honing in on what has exhibited the most interest from our previous four years of the festival,” said Maggie Bishop, executive director for Believe in Bristol.

“Our filmmakers and audiences have loved the rivalry between the two states as well as seeing the incredible films that showcase the talent, history and beauty of our region.”

Held at the Smithsonian-affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum, PUSH! will offer workshop and networking opportunities and a chance for filmmakers to participate in Q&As with the audience, in addition to the film screenings.

PUSH! is accepting film submissions for the October festival. Visit to make your submission by the July 15 deadline.

PUSH! Film Festival is also looking for contributors. For information about contributing to PUSH! Film Festival, visit, or contact Bishop at 423-573-2201,

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