Knoxville Films and veteran television producer Melissa May have teamed up for a year-long film project to showcase Knoxville. The project, Year in Knoxville, is a monthly contest for professional and amateur filmmakers to submit short videos that “capture their unique visions of the city throughout the year,” according to a recent press release.
May, the competition’s creator and producer, says she got the idea when she recently saw a YouTube video by someone who had documented New York City over the course of a year. “It wasn’t about the tourist attractions in New York. It was about the true flavor and the neighborhoods,” she says. “I saw it as sort of a visual love letter to his city and it resonated with me. I think Knoxville is a beautiful city with a vibrant independent film and production community that needs to be celebrated and even cultivated.”
May says she’s hoping to see creative submissions from filmmakers who can convey a unique perspective on Knoxville rather than the usual images we’re all familiar with. “If you want to shoot the Sunsphere, that’s fine,” she says. “But show us a side or angle or perspective of the Sunsphere that people haven’t seen before. Anything goes.”
All submissions, due by the first Friday of each month at facebook.com/yearinknoxville, will be judged by May and representatives from Knoxville Films. The monthly winner receives a prize—the January winner will awarded a Kindle Fire—and advance to a final round competition against the other monthly winners.
The contest even got a celebrity endorsement from Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, whose announcement of the event can be seen at the Year in Knoxville Facebook page.