The Knoxville Film Festival has become the largest and most complete film festival in the region. Produced by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, KFF is held at Knoxville's Arthouse theater, the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8. KFF has truly become the region's destination for independent cinema. In past years, KFF has had nearly 4,000 in attendance. We screen independent films, hold panel discussions and host two filmmaking competitions.

From the Opening Night Film and party to the closing awards ceremony and after-party, the 2019 Knoxville Film Festival promises to be an exciting weekend filled with great films, networking opportunities and fun-filled social activities.

Prior to KFF, filmmakers may compete in the 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition and the Tennessee 10 Best of the Best Filmmaking Challenge. The films from those competitions screen during KFF. For more information or to register for either competition, visit our website at:

With strong support from Regal Entertainment Group (the world's largest theater chain whose headquarters happen to be in Knoxville), along with strong local corporate sponsorship, the 2019 Knoxville Film Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, September 13-15, 2019, at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8.

We present a variety of awards including Best Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary.


- The Knoxville Film Festival DOES NOT offer fee waivers for film submissions.

- Films must be narrative or documentary works only.

- Films must be submitted exclusively through FilmFreeway with an online screener. (If your film submission is linked to Vimeo, and you plan to track whether or not your film has been viewed, please know those Vimeo stats can be extremely unreliable.)

- We only screen films in the DCP format. If your film is selected for inclusion into the film festival, your film MUST BE submitted as a "professionally produced" Digital Cinema Package (DCP) - 24 Frames per second.

- Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017. Films must be available for screening during the Knox Film Fest, September 13-15, 2019.

- Narrative and Documentary films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for KFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.

- Films that have played in Knoxville in a theatrical setting to a public audience prior to September 13, 2019, are not eligible to be screened. The only exceptions to this rule are films selected for KFF non-competition screenings.

- Knoxville Film Festival reserves the right to change submission categories at their discretion.

- Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed, the account holder may be subject to any fees

- You MUST include your physical address in your FilmFreeway entry. Please do not submit a film without giving us your mailing address, phone number and email address, which we need for our records.

- In submitting this film, the filmmaker represents that s/he is authorized to submit this film for screening at the 2019 Knoxville Film Festival. S/he acknowledges that the film may be screened more than once during the festival. S/he grants the Knoxville Film Festival the nonexclusive right to use submitted materials in connection with any and all publicity and promotional materials regarding the festival. S/he warrants that the submitted film does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any person or entity and agree to hold harmless and fully indemnify and defend the Knoxville Film Festival and its representatives against any and all claims made for such infringement or any other violations of law.

- Under no circumstances, do we refund submission fees.

Overall Rating
  • What a fun film festival to attend! Keith was simply lovely and so wonderful with communication. I had a fantastic time and will submit all my projects to this fest from now on!

    October 2019
  • Renji Philip

    We had a fantastic time at The Knoxville Film Festival, with our feature The Wake of Light. The curation was extremely high the the communication and organization were great. I'm definitely coming back to this festival!

    September 2019
  • Brian Elliott

    Knoxville folks are generous and gracious. Nice screening venue. Grateful to have been included. Thanks Keith and the whole Knoxville team!

    September 2019
  • Seth Young

    I so love this festival, the location is outside downtown Knoxville, with plenty of parking! Easy to fine, not far from the interstate so quick access. Plenty of places to eat and shop nearby so you don’t have to venture far from the theater when needing to kill time.

    The festival is full amazing people who love filmmaking. Good crowds, plenty of networking, and an overall fantastic experience.

    September 2019
  • Kevin Wines

    This year's Knoxville Film Festival was probably the best one I have been too. I had a lot of fun meeting new people and hanging out with others in the local film community. There were a lot of great films in the festival this year. Top Notch! Thanks Keith McDaniel for an excellent festival!!

    September 2019