Maryville to have film festival, contest

Filmmakers, film lovers and just folks looking for a fun Sunday afternoon will want to mark Sunday, Nov. 7, on their calendars now. Craig Brown has put together a film festival for Maryville, and Nov. 7 is premier day.

The Downtown Film Festival is both a five-day competition and a showcase for independent film. Films will be screened at the Capitol Theater on Nov. 7, with award presentations, “red carpet” fun and creative filmmakers showing off their masterpieces..

Categories include “touring” films, documentary films, music videos, new media and the competition category. For the competition, filmmakers will have five days to complete their movie, beginning with the unveiling of the three “secret ingredients” on Oct. 28.

Trophies will be awarded and some special prizes. The event will be co-hosted by Deborah Dunbar Mauldin and “Wildman” Jeff Ailshie Anderson. Festival judges include film critic Betsy Pickle, Bob Denney of DDXmedia and Bill Larsen, University of Tennessee professor.

Sign-ups have begun, so visit www.downtownfilmfestival.com for more details, rules, complete categories and festival registration. Blount Today is the media sponsor for the first Downtown Film Festival and will have more details and stories in coming weeks.

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