Knoxville Film Festival gears up for Blockbuster weekend

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Knoxville, Tennessee – Secret City Films and Dogwood Arts are thrilled to release the Knoxville Film Festival schedule of events, films, and workshops all taking place September 19-22, 2013 at Downtown West Regal Cinema 8.

The mission of the Knoxville Film Festival is to recognize and celebrate the art of independent cinema. It exists to provide a stimulating gathering in which the lovers and creators of independent cinema come together to see and discuss interesting works from local, regional, national, and international filmmakers.

The Knoxville Film Festival [KFF] is in its first year. However, its history dates back nearly a decade. In 2004, East Tennessee filmmaker Keith McDaniel held the first Secret City Film Festival [SCFF] in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. With steady growth of SCFF over the years, McDaniel moved the film festival from Oak Ridge to Knoxville working with Regal Entertainment Group. With further growth of the festival imminent, McDaniel met with Lisa Duncan, executive director of Dogwood Arts, a non-profit that has been successfully promoting the arts and hosting the Dogwood Arts Festival in East Tennessee for over 50 years. After nine years, the Secret City Film Festival would become the Knoxville Film Festival, Knoxville's only established, multi-day film festival.

Knoxville Film Festival is produced in partnership by Dogwood Arts and Secret City Films.

75 independent films will be screened over the 4-days including feature and narrative documentaries and shorts, a Tennessee Film competition, 7-Day Shootout competition, Battle Cry of Freedom student competition, children’s programming, workshops, and special guests.

Tickets are available for purchase at and at Downtown West Regal Cinema 8 during the festival.
• Individual Film Block tickets [$10]
• Festival Passes [$75]
• Student Festival Passes [$50]
• VIP Reception Tickets [$35]
• VIP Festival Passes [$100]
• Workshops and children’s programming are all free of charge, but first-come, first-served seating.
• Tickets are also available for a special conversation: Sci-Fi, Special FX, Magic & More: An Evening with Acclaimed Screenwriter Michael Miner for $10. Please join us on Saturday, September 21, 2013, 5-6:30 pm for a special night with science fiction/special FX screenwriter, Michael Miner. Host Paul Francis, FX guru of Lucas/Francis Studios, will moderate an interactive interview with a question & answer session with acclaimed screenwriter Michael Miner. They'll discuss his 30+ year career in the film industry, writing for special FX, Sci-fi, magic and other fantasy stories. Michael is best known for his work on Robocop, Deadly Weapon, Anaconda: Blood Orchid, Book of Stars and LawnmowerMan 2. The interview will feature clips and commentary from these five films.

In recognition and commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, the 2013 Knoxville Film Festival presents The Battle Cry of Freedom Student Filmmaking Competition. This film competition is open to currently-enrolled college and high school students. The competition will have two divisions: college and high school. The subject matter of the films must focus on the human issues and events, both political and personal, created during The Civil War in the United States 1861 – 1865. The films can be no longer than 20 minutes and no shorter than five minutes. The film’s presentation can be either documentary or original narrative in style. Tennessee Film competition recognizes the films produced in Tennessee and the filmmakers from Tennessee. Sponsored by Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission.

The 2013 Knoxville Film Festival 7-Day Shootout gives filmmakers 7 days to make a 7-minute film. The 7-Day Shootout provides ample time to let your creativity flow to write, shoot and edit a MASTERPIECE! The 7-Day Shootout will take place August 21-28, 2013. All films submitted by the deadline, will screen at the 2013 Knoxville Film Festival on Saturday, September 21 at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8. Films created for the 7-Day Shootout in previous years have gone on to screen and WIN at other film festivals! Tennessee Film competition recognizes the films produced in Tennessee and the filmmakers from Tennessee. Sponsored by Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission.

Children’s programming, taking place Saturday, September 21 from 10:00-11:45am is free to the public and features a new program called Peg + Cat, provided by East Tennessee PBS.

Workshops are free to the public, but seats and capacity are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Sponsored by: Regal Entertainment Group, ORNL Federal Credit Union, Land Rover of Knoxville, Eon Entertainment, Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission, Dogwood Entertainment, Carson Newman University, Talent Trek, and Roane State Community College

Twitter: @knoxfilmfest / #KnoxFF
Facebook: Knoxville Film Festival

About Dogwood Arts: Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty. For more information on Dogwood Arts, visit or call [865] 637.4561.

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