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Chattanooga Film Festival Taking Early-Bird Submissions

In the past decade, there have been approximately a gazillion stabs at establishing an honest-to-goodness film festival in Chattanooga. It's easy to understand why: film festivals are loads of fun, full of cool people and, if you're lucky, they provide a major economic boon to the host city.

But the cold, hard truth is that film festivals are EXTREMELY HARD PULL OFF. The nuts-and-bolts concerns of acquiring screening licenses, managing print traffic, protecting cashflow and meeting an increasingly ruthless set of deadlines all conspire to destroy many noble efforts at trying to build the next Sundance or SXSW.

So while Chattanooga's managed a film series here and a film society there, we haven't had a bona fide film festival that would make the world stand up and take notice.

That all changes now. The inaugural Chattanooga Film Festival just launched its website and began accepting submissions on January 22, 2014. Details are hush-hush, but CFF Director Chris Dortch (founder of stalwart eclectic film club Mise En Scenesters) has the financial support, industry connections and relentless work ethic to make the first Chattanooga Film Festival a truly world class cinema event.

We'll have some exciting cinema news of our own in the very near future, but for now, Maycreate offers mad props to Chris for bringing this baby to life.

In the past decade, there have been approximately a gazillion stabs at establishing an honest-to-goodness film festival in Chattanooga. It's easy to understand why: film festivals are loads of fun, full of cool people and, if you're lucky, they provide a major economic boon to the host city.

But the cold, hard truth is that film festivals are EXTREMELY HARD PULL OFF. The nuts-and-bolts concerns of acquiring screening licenses, managing print traffic, protecting cashflow and meeting an increasingly ruthless set of deadlines all conspire to destroy many noble efforts at trying to build the next Sundance or SXSW.

So while Chattanooga's managed a film series here and a film society there, we haven't had a bona fide film festival that would make the world stand up and take notice.

That all changes now. The inaugural Chattanooga Film Festival just launched its website and began accepting submissions on January 22, 2014. Details are hush-hush, but CFF Director Chris Dortch (founder of stalwart eclectic film club Mise En Scenesters) has the financial support, industry connections and relentless work ethic to make the first Chattanooga Film Festival a truly world class cinema event.

We'll have some exciting cinema news of our own in the very near future, but for now, Maycreate offers mad props to Chris for bringing this baby to life.