HELP KHFF (OCTOBER 25-27) TAKE ITS NEXT BIG STEP!
Founded in 2009 by film nerd bozos William Mahaffey and Nick Huinker, the Knoxville Horror Film Fest has grown from a one-evening block of shorts at the Pilot Light to one of the area's most notable ongoing cinematic events. Over the past five years our scope has grown to include:
- Monthly screenings of new and classic genre films;
- Special film events like July's Terror In The Woods at Ijams Nature Center;
- Our popular Grindhouse Grind-Out filmmaking competition;
- and an ever-expanding annual Festival featuring a weekend of shorts & features.
We're proud to have built KHFF on an independent mindset that honors filmmakers and filmgoers alike by keeping submission fees and ticket prices as low as possible. And thanks to a growing base of local movie and horror aficionados, our labor of love has become mostly self-sustaining. But this year we've got something special planned, and wanted to see if you're interested in helping us really do it right.
WHY WE'RE ASKING YOUR HELP
Though we've been based out of Happy Holler's Relix Variety Theater since 2010, last year's festival spent its opening night at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 for the regional premiere of John Dies At The End. Their team was so helpful, and their presentation so terrific, that we've spent the months since then figuring out how to bring more of the festival to Downtown West.
So here's the plan: KHFF V (October 25-27) will feature an entire Saturday's worth of horror movie madness at Downtown West Cinema 8, showcasing three of the year's most anticipated indie horror features (monster comedy Bad Milo, Ben Wheatley's trippy treasure hunt A Field In England and Bobcat Goldthwait's found-footage Bigfoot chiller Willow Creek), our usual hours of regional and international shorts, and finishing off at 9pm with the films from our third annual Grindhouse Grind-Out trailer contest... an event in itself that pushed Relix to capacity last October.
That main event -- already the biggest program we've ever assembled -- will be bookended by an Opening Night event on Friday (featuring short films and the aliens vs. drunks crowd-pleaser Grabbers) and an Awards Ceremony party on Sunday, both back at Relix Variety Theater.
All of this ensures a Knoxville Horror Film Fest to remember, and an opportunity to assert ourselves as one of the Southeast's premier film festivals, which translates to more awesome and exclusive films for Knoxville audiences. But booking more features and taking over a screen at Downtown West -- all while keeping our prices friendly -- means we're gonna need a bigger boat.
HOW WE WANT TO DO THIS
KHFFV is happening even if we only make $5 here on IndieGoGo... we don't want to give the impression it's in jeopardy. With that in mind, this is less about "crowdfunding" than asking you to show your support and excitement by pre-ordering weekend-long KHFFV Festival Passes at a $5 discount.
That's only $35 for a weekend's worth of movies and film-fan revelry! (Festival passes will be available for $40 beginning in October, which is still a $20 savings over attending all the events individually.)
We're also offering a variety of KHFF merch at the $10 and $15 tiers, and even just a $5 show of love gets you a sticker.
And if you want the full KHFFV experience, $60 nabs you a Festival Pass plus a t-shirt and poster of your choice at an additional $5 savings!
And -- in the event that you are feeling extra generous -- we've set up a few higher tiers as well.
First, the artsy stuff: KHFF visual mastermind Mayra Fersner has been nice enough to offer up some of her original art prints at various price tiers... and once they're gone, they're gone! If you like her work half as much as we do you'll want to own a piece.
And finally the... well, less-artsy stuff, for any businesses or other endeavors that would like to show their support KHFF: $100 will get you a Festival Pass and a printed thank-you to you or your organization in the KHFFV program; the $150 Logo Sponsorship will get your logo in the mix; $250 will get you a half-page ad; and $400 will buy a full page. Each of these tiers also features incorporation into our onscreen programming between films.
However much you choose to give, your money will go toward helping us make this big step in our festival's development a confident and graceful one, without having to cut corners or compromise on the vision and good intentions we hope have helped define KHFF.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Our feelings aren't hurt if you can't make it to the festival, or happen to know that scares on scares on scares isn't your idea of a fun weekend. But whether it's your boyfriend or that one weird girl at work, we're willing to bet you probably know of someone who IS interested, and whether you're directing them to this IndieGoGo campaign or just letting them know that we're out there to begin with, we appreciate every gesture.
A LITTLE FINE PRINT
- KHFF passes and merchandise reserved through this campaign will be available for pickup throughout the 2013 Knoxville Horror Film Fest, October 25-27. If you're unable to attend we will arrange pickup or delivery in the weeks following the festival.
- You must be in attendance at our KHFFV Awards Party (Sunday, October 27 at Relix Variety Theater) to win one of the shirt/poster prize packs.
- If you're interested in Logo Sponsorship or Advertising and would like more information on
KHFF and our audience, please email us.
- If your business or organization has other ideas on how we can help each other and would like to explore being a full-fledged KHFF event sponsor, please email us about that too.
- We reserve the right to decline logo sponsors or advertisers at our
discretion or that of our event sponsors. (Obviously if this should happen your
will be returned to you.)
MORE INFO ON KHFFV
The fifth annual Knoxville Horror Film Festival will run October 25-27, 2013 at Relix Variety Theater and Regal Downtown West Cinema 8.
Submissions of short films up to 30 minutes in length will be accepted through our late deadline of October 1. Submit your film here.
Our third annual Grindhouse Grind-Out filmmaking competition runs October 10-16, with registration opening up September 1 and limited to thirty teams. Register here.
You can find more information on at our website, or Like us on Facebook for for up-to-the-minute news on our festival and other monthly events.