Returning for its 6th year, the Tennessee International Indie Film Festival (TIIFF) is set to take place at WORLD WIDE STAGES in Spring Hill, Wednesday November 2 through Sunday November 6, 2022.
The festival will screen over 80 films and offer four industry tracks that explore various important aspects of cinema.
TIIFF Executive Director Nancy Puetz says attendees of this year’s festival are in for a treat. “This year’s festival features some very high-profile pieces,” Nan says. Now that we are in our 6th year, the quality of the films we screen has skyrocketed.
As a respected festival, TIIFF has been able to leverage ties with groups such as Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI), Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance, on Location Memphis and a host of local, national and international filmmakers.
The mix of shorts, feature films, documentaries and animated projects celebrates perspectives ranging from Christian cinema to LGBT narratives.
Several films have already won awards around the world and attracted press, including LILIAN, by Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Cathy Tyson. Some notable documentaries are also part of this year’s lineup. “Minnesota Tiger Man”, “Don’t Put Her Down”, about the life and contributions of Blue Grass pioneer Hazel Dickens and the 10th anniversary review of Beauty Is Embarrassing, a stellar documentary on the artist’s life Wayne White. Also screening is “The Neighborhood Milkman”, which was written, directed and produced by local Columbia State Film Crew technology program and will share the screen with a host of excellent student films from around the world. Old Friends the Documentary (DOGUMENTARY) about rescuing old dogs in Mount Juliet is an inspiring story from Tennessee.
The 85 films that will be screened over five days are unique and memorable. “While not all of these films were equally successful, all of these films represent the best films I’ve seen in the past year,” Nancy says. “I am beyond humbled to be able to present them this year.”
Festival speakers include screenwriter Peter Kurland, award-winning sound designer and producer and producer for the BBC Kate Kinninmont, MBE and film producer, internationally acclaimed casting director Claire Bleasdale, producer and co-founder of the Female Film Club Nicole Lieberman, Christian Baker, Amy Delouise founder of Gals and Gear and TV host/celebrity Kimberly Greenwell of My Southern Home.
Raul Torres, winner of the Opening Night Shining Star award, New York actor known for his indelible characters and recurring roles on thrilling television shows such as Blacklist, New Amsterdam and others. Sharing guest host duties, Sweepy Walker, executive producer and star of the currently producing Country Music Heirs, will perform on opening night. There will also be unforgettable performances from singer/songwriter Judy Paster, Sweepy Walker and Friends, Christian singer and artist Andrew Levine and Jamie Litt.
The festival will monitor COVID-related concerns and maintain safety protocols that will be in place as needed for the event. For more information on Tennessee International Indie Film
For tickets, visit the festival website.