This Weekend Knoxville Celebrates Independent Filmmaking

The 16th edition of the Knoxville Film is scheduled to take place at Regal Downtown West Cinema, September 13–15. The audience can enjoy watching independent films, panel discussions, workshops, and competitions. 

During three days, the festival will screen more than 70 independent films from local and international authors. Traditionally, independent film directors will participate in two filmmaking competitions.

Besides film screenings, the audience can also follow panel discussions or participate in free workshops. This year, Kevin Strahm can teach you about film audio techniques. While in the workshop with Myles Matsuno, you can learn how to make your first feature.  

Filmmaker Keith McDaniel established this festival in 2004 to honor the art of independent cinema. But did you know that he named the event Secret City Film Festival and it was held in Oak Ridge? After nine years, McDaniel decided to move it to Knoxville and rename it. 

Last year, there were 4000 visitors, and the festival started its 16th edition with the record number of submitted films. You can buy Knoxville Film Festival tickets for $50 or $30 if you are a student.

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