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1.7.15 - SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR KHFF 2016

NOW ACCEPTING FEATURE FILM SUBMISSIONS!

Hey fright fans! We're working up some special stuff for 2016 (including our regular screenings at Scruffy City Hall the first Wednesday of every month) but for now we wanted to let everyone know that submissions are officially open for our 2016 festival in late October!

We've changed up our guidelines a little -- our Regional category (renamed "Homegrown") now applies exclusively to DIY films produced in our home state of Tennessee -- but our prices have stayed the same at only $20 for touring short films and $15 for homegrown.

KHFF is also happy to announce we're trying something new this year: we'll now also be accepting feature film submissions for consideration, only $50 for touring films and $40 for homegrown films produced in Tennessee.

Find out more at our Film Freeway page!



10.27.15 - KHFF7 WINNERS & THANK YOUS

WHAT AN AWESOME WEEKEND

Knoxville Horror Film Fest 7 was a hell of a time. Here's what our judges Jenny Barton, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane selected as the best of the fest:


KHFF7 2015 SHORT FILM COMPETITION


PALM d'GORE (GRAND PRIZE)
Chloe Okuno's SLUT

AUDIENCE AWARD
Kevin McTurk's THE MILL AT CALDER'S END

BEST DIRECTOR
Kyle Bogart for HOUSE OF STRAW

BEST PERFORMANCE
Molly McIntyre in SLUT

BEST SCENARIO
Dick Grunert's THE TRAP

WEIRDEST FILM
Brian Lonano's GWILLIAM

FUNNIEST FILM
Davy Force & Nick DenBoer's THE CHICKENING

SCARIEST FILM
Daniel Bodker Sorensen's THE SUN HAS DIED

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE - OUTSTANDING ARTISTRY
Kevin McTurk's THE MILL AT CALDER'S END


KHFF7 2015 FEATURE FILM COMPETITION


PALM d'GORE (GRAND PRIZE)
Jason Lei Howden's DEATHGASM

AUDIENCE AWARD
Zachary Beckler's INTERIOR

BEST DIRECTOR
Jason Lei Howden for DEATHGASM

BEST PERFORMANCE
Sarah Hagen in SUN CHOKE

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE - SPIRIT OF THE SEASON
Epic Pictures' TALES OF HALLOWEEN


And here's what judges Donald Farmer and Logan Myers picked as the best of our filmmaking competition:

KHFF GRINDHOUSE GRIND-OUT 555


BEST TRAILER
Fig City's THE ULTIMATE TRUTH?

AUDIENCE AWARD, GRIND-OUT TRAILER
SofaHillMarbleCouch's TALES OF GLUTTONOUS REVENGE

MOVIE WE'D MOST LIKE TO SEE
SofaHillMarbleCouch's TALES OF GLUTTONOUS REVENGE

MOST LIKELY TO INSPIRE PROTESTS
SofaHillMarbleCouch's TALES OF GLUTTONOUS REVENGE

BEST PERFORMANCE
the Puppy, in SadBell's SHARK PUPPY

DICTITTIE PRIZE FOR GRATUITOUS NUDITY
The Cobras' KUNG FUCKER

BEST TITLE
SofaHillMarbleCouch's TALES OF GLUTTONOUS REVENGE

BEST NARRATION
The Cobras' KUNG FUCKER



We hope you had as good a time watching these as we had putting them together. See you next year, and a few times before that.

Our enormous thanks go out to Kim Huinker, Jessica Shipp, Tara & Cody Gentry, Matthew Ownby, Jason Sullivan, Ian Daniels, Jamie Romines, Erica Newman, Lisa & Sarah Rose, Audrey Saunders & Grant Eason for their time and dedication over the weekend, along with the crews at Downtown West 8 and Scruffy City Hall.


10.14.15 - KHFF7 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

TICKETS AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE OR AT THE FEST

Just a quick update: the full schedule for this year's fest is up at our KHFF7 festival page.

In anticipation of questions over the next week, here's some important info:

  • You can buy Weekend Passes ($60), Daily Passes ($15-$30) and admission to the Grindhouse Grind-Out block (9:45pm Saturday night, $15) through our BrownPaperTickets site or through the widget below.
  • Tickets and daily passes will also be on sale at the fest, with individual screening admission available one hour before respective showtimes. The Grindhouse Grind-Out block (preceded by some of our crowd-pleasingest shorts) is $15. All feature film blocks besides DEATH SPA are $10. Dedicated short film blocks and DEATH SPA will be $5. And admission will be free after 8:30pm on Sunday at Scruffy City Hall, so tell your friends to come down in their best 80s horror costume!
  • The Grindhouse Grind-Out is programmed to surprise. Team names will be listed in the KHFF7 program but film names & screening order will not be announced in advance.


10.8.15 - KHFF7 TICKETS + SHORT FILM LINEUP

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR NEW SPONSORS AT SHUDDER

Our IndieGoGo pre-sale campaign is over, but there's still plenty of weekend passes left! Check out your options below for weekend & daily passes or individual admission to the Grindhouse Grind-Out event, which kicked off last night!



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We've also posted a full list of this year's featured short films on our KHFF7 festival page... and we'll be posting the full-fledged schedule within the next week or so!

Finally, we'd like to welcome our newest sponsor SHUDDER, a terrific new streaming service with a deep catalog to please the pickiest of horror movie fans! It's only $4.99 a month or $49.99 for an entire year... check it out before you get behind on your October horror viewing.



9.21.15 - KHFF7 TICKETS ON SALE NOW + PREVIEW EVENT

CELEBRATING SEVEN DEADLY YEARS OCTOBER 23-25!



We're in full festival mode here at KHFF, and you can join in the fun by grabbing discounted weekend passes for KHFF7 (10/23-10/25) at our annual IndieGoGo crowdfunding presale! You can order your festival passes for only $50 through October 7, plus grab other KHFF7 at reduced prices! That's fifty bucks for tons of short films plus a total of seven feature films, including the newly-added 4K restoration of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE!

Remember we're till accepting submissions at Film Freeway through October 1, and that our 5th annual Grindhouse Grind-Out shoots October 7-13! (Head to the Grind-Out for registration and other info.)

And following our Grindhouse Grind-Out kick off (6pm 10/7 @ Scruffy City Hall) we'll be presenting the KHFF7 Preview Event, featuring trailers & shorts previewing this year's festival along with an exclusive premiere of new music from Nuit Nuit, featuring Tom & Wil of Lil Iffy! They'll be presenting a brand new piece of music (said to be based on the speeches of Aleister Crowley) and live-scoring a particularly nasty piece of silent cinema! Join us at Scruffy City Hall on October 7 for a rare treat!

8.2.15 - FALL EVENTS & KHFF7 DETAILS!

THREE DAYS, SIX STELLAR FEATURES AND SCADS OF SCARY SHORTS OCTOBER 23-25!

Apologies the site hasn't been updated in a while, but we've sure got something worth posting today: the initial wave of announcements for this year's Knoxville Horror Film Festival! Our seventh annual festival will be held October 23rd through 25th in the same style as last year's, with Friday night and all day Saturday at Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8, then topping it off Sunday at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square. Our short film lineup will be announced in early October as usual, but we've already got a great crop of features together to guarantee a righteous weekend of thrills and chills.



TALES OF HALLOWEEN unites a crop of excellent horror filmmakers for a ten-segment anthology film; TURBO KID presents a hilarious and gory post-apocalyptic pastiche; SUN CHOKE delves deep into madness and psychological terror; DEATHGASM lightens things up with heavy metal and heavy casualties; DEATH SPA showcases an unjustly forgotten slice of 80s horror kitsch; and INTERIOR follows up director Zachary Beckler's KHFF-award-winning "Seance" and "Where Is Alice?" with a feature debut to remember.

We'll announce ticketing information and other details soon, and we're still accepting short film submissions through September 19 through FilmFreeway! Show us what you've got!

In the meantime we've got a few events coming up to whet your appetite for KHFF7. Our monthly screening series at Scruffy City Hall continues on the first Wednesday of each month, with the return of our "Choose Your Own Adventure" format on August 5 (bring your favorite cult horror DVD/Blu-ray in and sell us on why it's the one we should watch) followed by a special screening of SHARK EXORCIST on September 2 with director Donald Farmer in attendance for a special Q&A! Then on October 7 we'll be presenting our annual KHFF preview night with trailers, shorts and a special live music performance we'll be announcing in the weeks to come. It's going to be one hell of a fall, beginning as soon as you check out this fuckin' SHARK EXORCIST trailer:

2.8.15 - KHFF EARLY 2015 GOINGS-ON

JOIN US FOR OUR NEW MONTHLY SCREENING SERIES & MORE! PLUS SUBMIT YOUR FILMS NOW!

Hey fright fans! It's been a while since we updated you (sorry) but Knoxville Horror Film Fest is once again in full swing for the year. First things first, then: we will officially be returning for our eighth annual festival in October, and have opened up for submissions earlier than ever before! Our short film submission fees haven't changed: only $15 for DIY films from the southeastern US, and only $20 for touring shorts. Head over to Film Freeway for information on how to submit!

In the meantime, we're back in the swing of monthly KHFF screenings. Starting with our Christmas party in December we began our newest series of events, held every first Wednesday at Scruffy City Hall: KHFF spotlights on our favorite local filmmakers, featuring short films, Q&A, and special surprise features that complement their films! So far we've spotlighted Jamison Stalsworth ("Cannibal Santa"), Will Allman ("Something's In The Woods") and gave our dear, departed friend Remi Demeere a KHFF sendoff. The fun continues this spring with spotlights on Logan Myers ("Tumbleweed Holocaust") on March 4 and Justin Demeere ("Witch Bottle") on April 1, plus a special resurrection of our MARVELous MOVIE NIGHT on May 6.

In addition to our monthly screenings we'll also be presenting our first of this year's collaborations with Ijams Nature Center on Friday, March 13th with (what else?) a special FRIDAY THE 13th CELEBRATION! Details are still TBD, but stay tuned to our Facebook, where on Friday, February 13 (that's right, two in a row this year) we'll be announcing a special filmmaking contest for the event!



You can view old news items from 2014 HERE.

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