The 3rd annual Knoxville Film Festival starts September 17, 2015  and this year promises to be the biggest and best yet. The festival kicks off in a big way Thursday night at 6:30 pm with the opening night film, “WILDLIKE”, starring Ella Purnell (Maleficent) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Star Trek 2, 13 Days) and directed by Frank Hall Green. WILDLIKE is an amazing film about a troubled teenage girl that is sent by her struggling mother to live with her Uncle in Alaska. The film has screened at more than 125 film festivals and has garnered 28 Best Film and Audience awards. Frank Hall Green will be doing a Q&A after the screening of the film.  “Mind Game”, a documentary that chronicles the story of former Lady Vol, Chamique Holdsclaw’s athletic accomplishments and personal setbacks screens Saturday at 3:30 pm. The film is narrated by Glenn Close. Chamique Holdsclaw will be in attendance for the screening.

The festival features over 40 hours of films, including some made right here in Knoxville. “Prison Break-In” is a feature film directed by Amy Hubbard and produced locally by Nest Features. The film screens Saturday at 6:30 pm and was made using local crews and actors.  The film will also have a theatrical run at Regal Downtown West Cinema after it screens at the festival.

The 7 Day Shootout, a competition where filmmakers have 7 days to produce a 7 minute film has always been a wildly popular part of the festival. This year, the stakes have been raised as the winner of the shootout will receive $20,000 to use towards expanding their short into a full length feature film that will be shot entirely in Knox County and screened at next year’s Knoxville Film Festival. The 7 Day Shootout films will be screened on Friday at 7 pm.

Individual film block tickets are available at Regal Downtown West as well as full festival passes. The festival runs through Sunday.

Here’s the 411 on ALL the films.