In its third year, the Knoxville Film Festival, produced by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, in partnership with Dogwood Arts, the Visit Knoxville Film Office and Regal Entertainment Group, will include more than 40 hours of film screenings on three screens at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 beginning Thursday, September 17 through Sunday, September 20.  In addition to the screenings of feature and narrative documentaries and shorts, a Tennessee Film Competition, 7-Day Shootout Competition, Student Film-making Competitions, and various workshops will also highlight the festival.  

New this year, it was announced earlier this month that a $20,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to the winner of the 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. The grand prize is designed to be used by the filmmaker to make a feature-length film based on their 7-Day Shootout film. The feature film will be screened at the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival. Grand Prize provided by Visit Knoxville Film Office and Dogwood Arts.

The opening night film, WILDLIKE was directed by New York filmmaker Frank Hall Green and features actors Ella Purnell (Maleficent, Kick-Ass 2, Never Let Me Go) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Star Trek 2, 13 Days). WILDLIKE has been invited to screen at more than 100 film festivals around the country, receiving 28 best film and audience awards. WILDLIKE will screen at the Knoxville Film Festival on Thursday, September 17th at 6:30 pm.


Click here for the Knoxville Film Festival schedule


Tickets are available for purchase at Tickets may also be purchased at the Knoxville Film Festival Box Office located inside the Downtown West Regal Cinema 8 during the festival.

  • Festival Pass + Opening Night Events  [$75]
  • Festival Pass [$50]
  • Opening Night Film Screening + Opening Night Reception Tickets [$35]
  • Opening Night Film Screening Ticket  [$15]
  • Opening Night Reception Ticket [$20]
  • Individual Film Block Ticket [$10]



  • Produced in partnership by Dogwood Arts, Secret City Films, and the Visit Knoxville Film Office
  • Presented by:  ORNL Federal Credit Union
  • Sponsored by:  Regal Entertainment Group
  • Media sponsors: East TN PBS, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Go! Knoxville, Shopper News, WDVX, WUOT, WUTK, WVLT



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Mission: The mission of the Knoxville Film Festival is to recognize and celebrate the art of independent cinema.  It exists to provide a stimulating gathering in which the lovers and creators of independent cinema come together to see and discuss interesting works from local, regional, national, and international filmmakers.


About Dogwood Arts: Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty.  For more information on Dogwood Arts, visit or call [865] 637.4561.