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Film Fest Knox Inaugural Event Sets High Bar

A core group of individuals has been dreaming of a completely new film festival in Knoxville that could showcase even more of what Knoxville has to offer to the film community. Knoxville is already home to many avenues for film production and had previously offered the Knoxville Film Festival that ran it’s final event in 2022. 2023 brought the right players to the right place at the right time for a new and exciting event-Film Fest Knox, founded by Kim Bumpas, Curt Willis, Darren Hughes, and Paul Harrill.

Film Fest Knox was a collaboration of partnerships from Visit Knoxville, Regal Cinema, and The Public Cinema. This first annual event showcased and advocated for work made outside of Los Angeles and New York and highlighted what East Tennessee has to offer. Filmmakers also won $18k in prize money and mentorships, and one big winner will have their movie in an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run.

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