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Knoxville Film Festival adds student filming competition

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KNOXVILLE -- Knoxville's first film festival, a four-day event debuting September 19-22, 2013 at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 has added a Student Film Competition to its roster.

Entitled "Battle Cry of Freedom," this student competition is in recognition and commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War.

This film competition is open to currently-enrolled college and high school students. The competition will have two divisions: college and high school. The subject matter of the films must focus on the human issues and events, both political and personal, created during The Civil War in the United States 1861–1865. The films can be no longer than 20 minutes and no shorter than five minutes. The film’s presentation can be either documentary or original narrative in style. The Festival will accept a total of 12 short films; six from the College Division and six from the High School Division. Films will be entered on a first-come, first served basis.

A panel of qualified judges will evaluate the films based on the following criteria: Adherence to Assignment (40%), Creativity (30%), and Technical Merit (30%).

Judges of the competition include history professionals, Civil War authors, program executives from national cable companies, and university-level theatre professors.

The Knoxville Film Festival is expected to be the biggest and best film festival in the region, offering more opportunities and exposure to local, regional and national filmmakers and creating a film festival experience of which all creators and lovers of independent cinema can be proud.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Keith McDaniel established the film festival and has partnered with Dogwood Arts to create the event.

Additional plans for the Knoxville Film Festival include film screenings, a 7-day Shootout filmmaking competition, workshops, and special guests.

The 7-Day Shootout gives filmmakers seven days to make a seven-minute film. Now in its 5th year, the 7-Day Shootout provides ample time to let your creativity flow to write, shoot and edit a masterpiece!

The 7-Day Shootout will take place August 21-28, 2013. All films submitted by the deadline, will screen at the 2013 Knoxville Film Festival on Saturday, September 21 at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8. If the filmmaker completes the online registration by midnight on July 31, they will receive an additional 24 hours to complete and submit their film.

The Knoxville Film Festival is still accepting films for consideration for the festival. So far, films have been submitted from around the world. The final deadline for submitting a film for consideration to the festival is July 15. To submit a film, visit the website at:

The 2013 Knoxville Film Festival is produced by Secret City Films and Dogwood Arts and sponsored by Regal Cinemas and ORNL Federal Credit Union.

You can follow the festival on twitter at and on Facebook.

Published June 27, 2013

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