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 2016, KFF had nearly 4,000 in attendance, screened more than 90 independent films, held panel discussions and hosted two filmmaking competitions.

From the Opening Night Film and party to the closing awards ceremony and after-party, the 2017 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 Student Filmmaking Competition. The films from those competitions screen during KFF. For more information or to register for either competition, visit our website at: knoxfilmfest.com.

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 2017 Knoxville Film Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, September 15-17, 2017, at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8.

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

KNOXVILLE FILM FESTIVAL GENERAL RULES & GUIDELINES:

- Films must be narrative or documentary works only.

- Films must be submitted exclusively through FilmFreeway with an online screener. Please note: 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, 2015. Films must be available for screening during the Knoxville Film Festival, September 15-17, 2017.

- 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 15, 2017, are not eligible to be screened at the Knoxville Film Festival. 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 2017 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.

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    WOW FILMS

    Incredibly well run festival with a terrific venue for screening Official Selections. Friendly staff and volunteers! The communication between Festival Director and filmmakers was great. This festival should be on every filmmakers list for submission. Also, Knoxville is a great city with an amazing downtown area.

    September 2017
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    Gabriela McNicoll

    Southern Hospitality at its finest! We had a blast and feel so fortunate to be included in the group of amazing films shown in Knoxville!

    September 2017
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    Kincaid Walker

    This is such a terrific festival! Well worth the submission price. Beautiful venues, lovely festival runners and an impressive line-up of films and web-series. We were proud to be a part of this fest!

    September 2017
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    Ramon Torres

    We were unable to attend but the festival was wonderful in communicating needs and goals as well as kept everyone aware of what to expect.

    September 2017
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    Russell Emanuel

    Thank you for having us at your wonderful festival! I am sorry I couldn't attend due to my hand injury. I hope to enter your festival again and attend!

    September 2017