The Visit Knoxville Film Office today announced that Knoxville is one of MovieMaker Magazine’s Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2023. 

This year marks the third occurrence of Knoxville’s inclusion to this prestigious list. Knoxville has long been known as a production hub for television and other media content. In the past few years, Knoxville has emerged as a premier destination for independent feature films. 

"Knoxville and the Visit Knoxville Film Office are known for their versatility and experience – they make productions from all over the world feel welcome," said Tim Molloy, Editor-in-Chief of Moviemaker Magazine. "And while few other locations can mimic the wide-eyed wonder of the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville is very good at doubling for other locales. We were very impressed with majestic locations like Ijams Nature Center – particularly Meads Quarry and nearby Augusta Quarry. Knoxville is just a beautiful place, and an affordable one. A filmmaker could make a great life there by working on big productions while setting aside money to make their own." 

MovieMaker compiles its annual list based on surveys, production spending, tax incentives, additional research, and personal visits, whenever possible.  

“Last year marked another successful year for the Visit Knoxville Film Office in recruiting feature films,” said Kim Bumpas, President of Visit Knoxville. “These films positively impact our destination as well as showcasing our area on screen when these films are distributed.” 

“We are honored to once again make this top list in MovieMaker Magazine” said Curt Willis, Director of the Visit Knoxville Film Office. “We appreciate all of the talented people in the local film community that make Knoxville the incredible film destination it has become.” 

MovieMaker’s Best Small Cities and Towns to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2023: 
10. TIE The Hudson Valley, New York towns of Poughkeepsie, Kingston and Newburgh 
9. Ashland, Oregon 
8. Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 
7. Las Cruces, New Mexico 
6. Knoxville, Tennessee 
5. Palm Springs, California 
4. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 
3. Savannah, Georgia  
2. Wilmington, North Carolina 
1. Santa Fe, New Mexico 

MovieMaker is dedicated to the art and craft of making movies. Our list of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2023 appears in our new issue, with Creed III star and director Michael B. Jordan on the cover.  

The Visit Knoxville Film Office serves to strengthen Knoxville’s economy through the promotion of the city as a premiere filming location. By attracting motion media companies to Knoxville through the marketing of its locations, accommodations, services, crew, and talent, the Film Office fosters the creation of jobs in the area, stimulates business opportunities, and generates exposure. Knoxville has twice been named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker. For more information visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter. 


Tim Molloy 
MovieMaker Magazine  

Kristen Combs 
Director of Communications 
Visit Knoxville