By D. Lanier Shook September 18, 2013
Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Sundance, Toronto— these are the names of film festivals you’ve heard of and maybe you’ve been to … maybe. Probably not. They’re all located at least several hours away from Western North Carolina and your chances of visiting them have as much to do with your bank account as your love of film.
Tomorrow that all changes. The Knoxville Film Festival opens and its only two hours away. You’ll want to click here and find out more about the Festival that runs from Thursday through Sunday.
This is the first year for the Knoxville Film Festival, but for nine years its been known as the Secret City Film Festival and was held in nearby Oak Ridge. Its been a leader in the East Tennessee Film Scene, providing hundreds of local filmmakers the chance to hone their skills in their Secret City 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition.
Now they’ve moved the Festival to Knoxville with the help of Regal Cinema, which is headquartered in the city. As anyone who attended the late Asheville Film Festival knows, they can be a load of fun. There are the films, the receptions, the workshops, the contests, and the exhibits. The Knoxville Film Festival will feature five workshops, lots of movies, several competitions, and you can find out about it all by clicking here to visit their web site.
- As always, I’d like to take the time to thank the Festival’s Corporate Sponsors. If you’re a company or organization remember that events like this are a great way to let the public know what you have to offer. So here’s a list of sponsors from the Festival’s website.
- Regal Entertainment Group
- ORNL Federal Credit Union
- Dogwood Arts
- Secret City Film
- East Tennessee PBS
- Metro Pulse
- 90.3 The Rock
- WDVK 89.9/102.9 FM
- Eon Entertainment
- Land Rover
- Carson-Newman University
- Roane State Community College
- Talent Trek Agency
- Media Directions Advertising
- Dogwood Entertainment
- Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission