2016 will be the fourth year for the Knoxville Film Festival, however its history dates back over a decade. Originally the Secret City Film Festival, Executive Director Keith McDaniel joined forces in 2013 with Dogwood Arts to create the largest and most complete film festival in the region. Held at Knoxville’s arthouse theater, the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8, the Knoxville Film Festival has become the region’s destination for independent cinema. In 2014, the Knoxville Film Festival had close to 3,000 in attendance, in total 120 films from 14 states and three countries were submitted and 89 independent films were shown during the Festival. Workshops included a conversation with Dale Dickey and a discussion panel with Curt Willis, the Director of Visit Knoxville Film Office about filming in Knoxville.
From the Opening Night Film to the Awards Ceremony to the Closing Night Film, the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival promises to be an exciting weekend filled with great films, networking opportunities, and fun-filled social activities.
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 2015 Knoxville Film Festival will be held August 26-28, 2016, at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 [1640 Downtown West Blvd, Knoxville 37919]