A feature film about a Southerner with a love for softball and a problem with commitment was among the top winners named Sunday at the Knoxville Film Festival.
Winners were announced as the festival featuring work done by both local and national filmmakers concluded at the Regal Cinema Art Downtown West 8 off Downtown West Boulevard.
The categories, separated between the general festival, the Battle Cry of Freedom student competition and the 7-Day Shootout competition, awarded filmmakers for a diverse group of categories including best use of visual element, audience favorite awards, and an overall best feature.
"Crackerjack the Movie" won top prize in the narrative feature category. The film starred Knoxville native Wes Murphy and was executive-produced by comic Jeff Foxworthy.
The audience favorite in the same category went to "45 RPM," which also took home the second place prize in the general festival.
Other winners: "State Debate" for best narrative short; "Where's the Fair" for best documentary feature; "Simple As That" for best documentary short; and "Inner Child" for best Tennessee film. The audience favorite awards went to "Goodfriends" for narrative short, "Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer" for documentary feature, and "Jujitisu- ing Reality" for documentary short.
The 7-Day Shootout, which gave teams seven days to shoot a seven- minute film, gave multiple awards in more niche categories.
"Lost Causes," a short about a man coming to terms with a grave decision, took home the prize for best film in the shootout. "Lost Causes" also won for best director, Niles Maddox, and for best actor in a leading role, Matt Dearman. Second place went to "Adventure, Everyday," which told the story of two Knoxvillians planning a trip across the country in a mobile home. The film also won for best use of music or special effects.
Other winners: "My Sunshine" for third place in the best film category, Ashley Shelton-Edwards for best actress in a leading role in "Opposite of Fine," and "Coulrophobia Blues" took home the prize for audience favorite.
The Battle Cry of Freedom competition gave awards out to students from high schools and colleges for their work on Civil War-themed films. "The Century of Life" won for best film in the high school division. The film was made by students from the L & N STEM Academy. "Union Cur" won in the college division and was made by students from Carson-Newman University. Winning students won a personal tour of Lucas Francis studios by Paul Francis.
The festival ended Sunday evening with a screening of actor- turned-director Dylan Baker's film, "23 Blast," sponsored by Carson- Newman. In attendance was Travis Freeman, the Kentucky man who was the inspiration for the film, and his family.
Related document: A complete listing of the winners from the 2013 Knoxville Film Festival
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