We're super busy kicking off our festival and will have plenty of wrap-up news in the coming days, but in the meantime we wanted to give a shout-out to one sponsor in particular... Chris Dotson and the folks at Eon Entertainment have spent this last week busting their asses to help us get everything ready for this year's festival, and helped bear our burdens to a degree we couldn't have imagined. So here's to good people doing good work, and going above and beyond to help us put on a good show.
10.6.13 - KHFFV TICKETS ON SALE & GRINDHOUSE KICKOFF
PLUS ZOMBIE NIGHT 2013 AT IJAMS>
First of all, a huge thanks to everyone who contributed to our IndieGoGo pre-sale campaign: with your help we exceeded our goal and are prepared to make good on it with this year's festival! And if you didn't get in on discounted festival passes through IndieGoGo, we've resumed ticket sales through BrownPaper Tickets, where you can get full weekend passes ($40), a Saturday pass for all four film screenings at Downtown West ($30), or just individual tickets to any of the weekend's six screenings ($5-$15 each)!
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But before we roll into full festival mode, there's still a few events coming up: on Thursday, October 10 we'll be kicking off our third annual GRINDHOUSE GRIND-OUT at Knoxville's best coffee shop, OLD CITY JAVA! Here's how it works: at 6pm all the teams represented (whether you pre-register or sign up when you get there) will draw numbers, then choose in that order from a list of genres we'll have displayed starting at 5:30pm. (Be sure to pick some backups in case yours get snatched up, and know that some of our favorite entries in past years have come from the teams who got stuck with something they wouldn't have chosen.) Teams then have until Wednesday, October 16 at 7:06pm -- six days and sixty-six minutes, that is -- to put together a three-minute grindhouse-style trailer that does their chosen genre justice.
Then on Friday, October 11 KHFF will be lending our friends at Ijams Nature Center a hand with their second annual zombie movie marathon, featuring the Lucio Fulci classic ZOMBI and the brand new undead laffer COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES along with some KHFF-endorsed short films and other previews for this year's festival! It's only $10 to spend the evening eating, drinking and watching the dead rise from the grave at one of Knoxville's most treasured spots. Doors open at 6pm, see you there!
9.13.13 - KHFFV: FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY & MORE
ART FOR SALE! FOOD TRUCK YUMMINESS! HAND-PICKED LITTLE TERRORS!>
First, a reminder: if you're interested in supporting KHFF and getting some great swag and ticket deals in the process, head over to our IndieGoGo page and show us some love! We've just updated our perks to include some exclusive goodies from KHFF art director Mayra Fersner, including the original ink version of this year's poster, so get them before they're gone!
That being done with (don't worry, we'll remind you again before the month is over) we've got some stray information to let loose about our fifth annual Festival (10/25-10/27)! First, those planning to spend the day with us at Downtown West 8 on Saturday, October 26 will be pleased to know that our friends at Savory & Sweet Food Truck will be hanging out between screenings to offer delicious lunch and dinner options to KHFF-goers. And besides individual admission to each of this year's screenings, we'll also be offering a $30 pass that will get you into all of Saturday's events at Downtown West 8... which totals three features, countless shorts, and the films of the third annual GRINDHOUSE GRIND-OUT! (Grind-outers please note we've moved the competition kickoff from October 9 to Thursday, October 10, which will hopefully maximize your shooting schedule over the weekend and give you until the next Wednesday to slap it together.) And finally, we're proud to announce that much of our short film programming this year will be presented in association with Toronto's Little Terrors, who dedicate themselves to picking out the world's best genre shorts on a monthly basis!
We're also now ready to announce our fifth (but not necessarily final) feature film addition to the KHFFV lineup! Those attending our Awards Party on Sunday, October 27 will be treated to Richard Raaphorst's FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY, WWII-era creature feature crowd pleaser that offers some of this year's most twisted effects!
And we leave you tonight with a fun video that our friends at CAMCORDERTV put together in honor of our festival. Thanks guys, and see you at KHFFV!
9.4.13 - KHFFV: WILLOW CREEK, LEE HARDCASTLE & PRE-ORDERS!
KHFF NEEDS YOUR HELP! PLUS: REGISTER NOW FOR THE GRINDHOUSE GRIND-OUT, OCT 10-16!>
We're back with another round of announcements about our fifth annual Festival (10/25-10/27), but first, because this is The Internet circa 2013, we'd like you to take a moment to ask you to give us all your money. As you can tell by what we've already announced -- a day at Downtown West 8, a super-sized Grindhouse Grind-out and features BAD MILO, GRABBERS and A FIELD IN ENGLAND -- Knoxville Horror Film Fest is working hard to step up our game and bring the true genre film festival experience to Knoxville, who we think deserves it. So to help bankroll this (as well as something extremely special we're keeping under wraps for now) we've put together an INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN through which friends of the festival can show their support, and more importantly pre-order KHFFV tickets at a discounted price of only $35! (You can also pick up KHFF merch and other perks, including another $5 savings when you buy a shirt and poster along with your festival pass!) That's right, you too can take advantage of our logic-immune guilt about hitting people up for money!
Whatever you plan to give, or whenever you get your tickets (we'll be selling weekend passes for $40 starting in October, and doing individual screening admissions for $5-$15 at the Festival) we're pretty confident in the great time we've lined up for you. Our most exciting new announcement is that KHFF will host the regional premiere of Bobcat Goldthwait's WILLOW CREEK, a search-for-bigfoot movie that finds comedian-turned-director Goldthwait crossing over from black comedy into found footage horror to reportedly terrific results. KHFF is thrilled to be releasing this beast into the Southeast.
We're also taking a new direction this year with our KHFF Spotlight. We've been huge fans of claymation animator Lee Hardcastle since showing his A ZOMBIE CLAYMATION (above) during our cartoon-heavy 2011 festival, and we'll be celebrating his work by sprinkling his films throughout KHFFV, including his latest and longest, GHOST BURGER!
And finally, if you're interested in participating in our 2013 Grindhouse Grind-out filmmaking competition, put together a team and register now for only $30. Here's how it works: a maximum of 30 teams will gather on Thursday, October 10 and peruse a list of exploitation-style genres. Then we draw team names from a hat, and each team called gets to claim the genre they've chosen -- or, to wonderful success in previous years, the genre they've been stuck with -- and then has six days and sixty-six minutes to produce a three-minute grindhouse-style movie trailer. The entries will be screened Saturday night at KHFFV, and winners announced the following night at our Awards Party. Our first year we had eleven teams and last year we had more than twenty, so register today before the 30 available slots fill up!
8.17.13 - KNOXVILLE HORROR FILM FEST V RUNS OCTOBER 25-27
WITH MORE FEATURES THAN EVER & A WHOLE DAY AT DOWNTOWN WEST >
After months of planning, we're pleased to announce the fifth annual Knoxville Horror Film Fest, running October 25th through 27th and beefed up with more frightening fun than ever before... so much that we've expanded our main event to run all day Saturday at Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8, Knoxville's treasured home for independent film. The day's programming will include three features and a steady supply of top notch short films, all leading up to the gonzo pleasures and offenses of our third annual Grindhouse Grind-Out. (The six day, sixty-six minute filmmaking competition kicks off October 9... watch this site for registration information coming shortly.) Our day at the movies will be bookended by exclusive festival events at our longtime home Relix Variety Theatre, as we share an opening night feature Friday and our Awards ceremony Sunday, both accompanied by plenty of other treats.
We're still in the process of confirming our final features, but we can't stand waiting to reveal what we've got so far:
The most heartwarming scatological thriller you'll see this year, Jacob Vaughan's BAD MILO revives the comedic creature-feature for the story of an executive (THE STATE's Ken Marino) with a murderous monster in his colon. The film also stars COMMUNITY's Gillian Jacobs and a cast of comedy ringers like Patrick Warburton, Stephen Root, Toby Huss and Peter Stormare. (Presented by Magnet Releasing.)
We haven't yet had a chance to see Ben Wheatley's grim, trippy period piece A FIELD IN ENGLAND, but his previous work (most recently SIGHTSEERS, screening August 28) suggests that it'll be something quite more surprising than just a hunt for buried treasure. (Presented by Drafthouse Films.)
And kicking off the festival (at Relix, where can can all join in the spirit) will be Jon Wright's GRABBERS, an Irish sci-fi comedy about a seaside town invaded by booze-allergic alien nasties, and the night of severe mass drunkenness that may save their lives. (Presented by IFC Films.)
Individual event/screening admission will range from $5 to $15, but we will soon be offering advance sales of full festival passes at only $40. And remember that we're still eagerly accepting short film submissions from anywhere and everywhere, with specific emphasis on films from the Southeast.