History of the Knoxville Film Festival

2017 will be the 14th year for the Knoxville Film Festival (and it's predecessor). Originally the Secret City Film Festival, Executive Director Keith McDaniel moved the film festival to Knoxville in 2013 and rebranded it as the Knoxville Film Festival 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 2016, the Knoxville Film Festival had close to 4,000 in attendance, in total 120 films from 14 states and three countries were submitted and 89 independent films were shown during the Festival. .

From the Opening Night Film to the Awards Ceremony, the 2017 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 2017 Knoxville Film Festival will be held September 15-17, 2017, at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 [1640 Downtown West Blvd, Knoxville 37919].