2019 TN10 Filmmaking Challenge

Held March 30th - June 30th, 2019

Important Dates

Applications Accepted – Jan. 31-March 1, 2019

Notification – Not later than March 15, 2019

Kick-Off Event – March 30, 2019

Films Due – June 30, 2019

2019 Knoxville Film Festival – September 13-15, 2019

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Terms & Conditions


OVERVIEW: The Knoxville Film Festival TN10 Best of the Best Filmmaking Challenge is a film competition whereby filmmakers have 90-days to create a short film. The TN10 will be held March 30 - June 30, 2019, in conjunction with the 2019 Knoxville Film Festival, to be held September 13-15, 2019, at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

ELIGIBILITY: The TN10 is open to legal residents of TENNESSEE.

TO ENTER: Filmmakers must complete an application form and agree to the terms, conditions and rules of the TN10. All submitted sample films will be screened by a panel of judges and the top 10 filmmakers will be invited to participate in the 2019 TN10 Best of the Best Filmmaking Challenge.

REGISTRATION FEE: Once a filmmaker is accepted, a registration fee of $80 is required to be paid prior to the TN10 competition period. Each accepted filmmaker will receive 2 FULL FESTIVAL Passes to the 2019 Knoxville Film Festival.

APPLICATION PERIOD: Registration is now open and will close at midnight on February 28, 2019.

COSTS: All costs associated with the production of the Entry are solely the responsibility of the Entrant.

PARTICIPATION: Accepted filmmakers must be present (either in person, online or on the phone) at the Kick-off Event to participate. Local filmmakers must be present in person. Non-local filmmakers may choose to be present in person, online or on the phone.

COMPETITION PERIOD: At the Kick-Off Event, accepted filmmakers may be given a film theme along with elements to include in their film. The film must be no shorter than 12 minutes and no longer than 20 minutes. Accepted filmmakers will be notified of the time and location of the kick-off event.

DEADLINES: The deadline for submission of your film, as stated in the above section, is a hard deadline. No films will be accepted or allowed any revisions after the submission deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Your Digital Film File Specifications:

  • 24 frames per second

  • 1920×1080 (file must be native 16×9)

  • HD QUICKTIME FILE (Apple ProRes HQ is recommended)

  • Audio should be 48khz stereo.

Your finished film is to be submitted as per the specifications above. Your film should not be shorter than 12 minutes and not longer than 20 minutes. This includes credits. Please DO put a slate at the beginning of your film that contains: Name of Film, Name of Team, Name of Team Leader, Total Running Time. Slate should be 10 seconds long with 5 seconds of black between slate and first frame of film.

Completed film Submission Form (Digital – You will be emailed this form to complete and submit with your film)

You may deliver your film on a Thumb Drive, Hard Drive, Data DVD (no Blu-Ray) or Downloadable Online Link. Upon delivery, we will check to make sure all deliverables are on your drive.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: All submitted films must meet high technical standards as determined by Knoxville Film Festival management. Films that have significant technical issues (bad audio, audio out of sync, etc.) may be disqualified from competition and not screened at the film festival. Team leaders are strongly urged to make sure that the technical aspect of their film is of the highest quality possible.

SCREENING OF TN10 FILMS: All eligible entries will be screened during the 2019 Knoxville Film Festival.

SELECTION OF WINNERS: Entries will be judged by a process in which a qualified panel of judges will evaluate each eligible Entry based on the following judging criteria: The Top Entry will be declared the winner. Entrants agree that Knoxville Film Festival management has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Project and that all decisions of the KFF management are final and binding.

WINNERS/AWARDS: Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony to be held at the Knoxville Film Festival.

TERMS OF SUBMISSION: By submitting an Entry into this Project, Entrant hereby warrants and represents that Entrant owns and/or controls all rights to the Entry he/she is entering in this Project, including, without limitation, the content of all video or digital recording, including but not limited to the performances contained in each Entry, with the exception of any assets provided by the Knoxville Film Festival for use by Entrant in connection with this Project. Entrant further warrants and represents that the Entrant has obtained permission from each person or other entity appearing in the Entry to grant the rights to the Knoxville Film Festival Management set forth in these Official Rules, and, upon request, will submit copies of such permissions to the Project Parties. By submitting an Entry, Entrant hereby acknowledges receipt of the Official Rules and accepts all of the Terms of Submission and other provisions contained therein, and further agrees to indemnify and hold the Knoxville Film Festival Management (Knoxville Film Festival, Secret City Films and their respective officers, agents, volunteers, sponsors and representatives) and affiliated organizations harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against Knoxville Film Festival Management due to or arising out of the Entrant’s Entry content and materials in this Project, or the Entrant’s conduct during and in connection with this Project, including but not limited to claims for infringement of trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation. Entrant further hereby agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Knoxville Film Festival Management from any and all claims of infringement or prohibited use arising from advertising, presentation, web content or any other public exposure of content and material subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of the Knoxville Film Festival based upon Entrant’s work or the content and material contained in any Entry.

Knoxville Film Festival Management reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry for any reason prior to the 2019 Knoxville Film Festival and/or rescind, withdraw and/or revoke any awards, prizes or designations a film may have received as a result of entering the TN10.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE: By participating in the TN10 Project, Entrant hereby agrees to release, indemnify and hold Knoxville Film Festival Management and its officers, agents, and affiliated organizations harmless from any and all claims, whether made by Entrant for disqualification, or whether made by any third party, for damages or liabilities arising from or relating to Entrant’s participation in the Project.


Keith McDaniel
Executive Director
Knoxville Film Festival