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August 30, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Tickets on sale for inaugural FILM FEST KNOX

The three-day event in November also includes the first-ever "Elev8or Pitch" for aspiring filmmakers.

Visit Knoxville has announced that tickets are now on sale for the inaugural international FILM FEST KNOX that will be held November 9-12. The passes are $100 per person and will be available for purchase online at the festival site with additional programming and ticketing options to be announced closer to the festival.

Passholders will be able to attend the entirety of the festival with the exception of the Opening After Party. This includes two dozen narrative and documentary short and feature film screenings in various blocks (including the “American Regional Film Competition” and the “Made in Tennessee Competition”, the Live Pitch on Thursday evening, all 20 films in the “Elev8or Pitch” screening, the Friday night Premiere, and all panels with industry professionals.

FILM FEST KNOX is a producer-centric festival, acknowledging the invaluable contributions of film’s creative producers, often overlooked yet vital to the success of a project. Passholders will experience an intimate festival environment with guest filmmakers in attendance.

The highly anticipated “American Regional Film Competition” is a major highlight of the festival hosted in collaboration with Regal. This unique showcase sheds light on exceptional works produced outside the traditional production centers of Los Angeles and New York. The winner of this competition will be awarded an Oscar-qualifying run by Regal. In addition to the “American Regional Cinema Competition,” FILM FEST KNOX will feature a “Made in Tennessee Competition” for shorts and feature films produced in the Volunteer State.

Another major component of the festival is the “Elev8or Pitch” that we spotlighted in this July 13 article. The pitch competition will provide further opportunities for filmmakers in East Tennessee and beyond. Those interested in competing have until October 12 to produce an eight-minute proof-of-concept short film along with a one-minute elevator pitch to illustrate their vision for a full-length feature film. The top eight teams will be able to pitch live in front of a panel of industry judges and audience on the opening night of the festival on November 9.

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