(TIIFF) is set to be held at WORLD WIDE STAGES in Spring Hill, Wednesday, November 2 through Sunday, November 6, 2022. The festival will screen over 80 films and feature three industry tracks that explore various important aspects of filmmaking.
TIIFF Executive Director Nan 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 release 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 the press, including LILIAN, by Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Cathy Tyson, some notable documentaries are also part of this year’s line-up. 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 about the life of artist Wayne White. Also screening is “The Neighborhood Milkman” which was written, directed and produced by the local Columbia State Film Crew technology program and will share the screen with a host of excellent student films from around the world. The 85 films that will be screened over five days are unique and memorable. “Although not all of these movies are equally successful, all of these movies represent the best movies I’ve seen in the past year,” Nan says. “I am beyond humbled to be able to present them this year.”
Speakers at the festival include screenwriter Peter Kurland, award-winning sound designer and producer and producer for the BBC Kate Kinninmont, MBE internationally acclaimed casting director Claire Bleasdale, producer and Female Film Club co-founder Nicole Lieberman, Christian Baker 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 about the Tennessee International Indie Film Festival, visit www.tiiff.org.