The Franklin International Indie Film Festival (FIIFF) will be celebrating its fifth year at The Factory at Franklin’s Mockingbird Theater from Tuesday November 9 through Sunday November 14.
FIIFF filmmaker and executive director Nancy “Nan” Puetz travels overseas and attends some of the world’s biggest film festivals. During these festivals, she has the opportunity to see independent films at the start of their journey on the festival circuit. Perhaps more importantly, she meets the people behind the cameras who make these films.
“I like being a go-between for movies in Tennessee,” Puetz said. “Bringing new film experiences to the region for people to see means helping people learn and grow in new ways throughout history. And knowing that I have helped touch the lives of so many people is one of the greatest feelings of all time. “
By creating FIIFF in 2016, Puetz’s mission was to “promote artistic success and excellence in cinema”. Its efforts provide thousands of attendees with films that are not available to them on demand. Moreover, simply by offering FIIFF, she created a framework that spawned new creative projects and launched careers.
This year’s festival is particularly special in that it represents a return to the experience of being in the theater. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 festival took place virtually. It presented 51 short and feature films to over 250 participants online over five days.
The 2021 festival will present 60 films and five panels addressing various aspects of cinema. Festival guests include producer and entertainment lawyer Hal Kessler, entertainment finance guru Todd Hein, screenwriter David Deboarde, award-winning BBC producer Kate Kinninmont, internationally acclaimed casting director Claire Bleasdale, producer and co -Founder of the Female Film Club Nicole Lieberman and the famous animator Victoria Jackson.
Puetz said bringing filmmakers from around the world to Franklin means strengthening the city’s reputation as a cultural center.
“Franklin is a nest for creativity,” she said. “He is known for his great people, incredible music and incredible visual arts skills. The festival is part of all this, while offering the city a new artistic outlet.
The festival will monitor COVID-19 and issue an official statement regarding the security protocols that will be in place for the event. For more information on the Franklin International Indie Film Festival, visit www.fiiff.org.