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Experiencing the Chattanooga Film Festival like a cinephile

The Chattanooga Film Festival is back for its 11th year, bringing local, regional, and international films to the Scenic City.

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This year’s festival will pay homage to creator of “The Twilight Zone” Rod Sterling — expect films that showcase the strange and other-worldly dimensions.

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As seasoned goers of the Chattanooga Film Festival, we reely can’t wait for its return to The Read House on Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23.

To help you get prepared, we’re dropping important info and recommendations to navigate this in-person and virtual film festival.

Before you go

Plan out your days by checking the daily schedule online + checking out what the virtual version of the festival has to offer, from screenings and readings to Q+As and parties around town. Note: Virtual viewing is open from Friday, June 21 through Friday, June 28.

Pro tip: You can learn about each short + feature film (run time, synopsis, language, genre, etc.) by looking at the film guide.

Tickets can be purchased in a few ways:

Movie still from "Flipside" of a man in front of a record store next to a table with a yellow and white striped umbrella.

Get access to over 100 short and feature films when buying a festival badge.

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  • “Flipside” | 91 minutes | English | In-person only
  • “Hot Soda” | 15 minutes | English | Virtual only
  • “A Guide to Becoming an Elm Tree” | 75 minutes | English + Irish | Hybrid
  • “Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person” | 92 minutes | French | In-person only
  • “Roger is a Serial Killer” (umm, spoiler alert) | 10 minutes | English | Virtual only
  • “Let’s Go Disco” | 13 minutes | English | Hybrid
Editor Haley at the Chattanooga Film Festival with author Grady Hendrix

Revel in being starstruck by meeting the filmmakers, cast members, and authors.

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What we loved last year

Editor Haley here. My top two favorites were hearing horror author Grady Hendrix do a panel on “How to Sell a Haunted House” (and getting my copy signed) + seeing the short thriller “Splinter” and staying for the Q+A. Pro tip: Hang around the downstairs bar — you might be able to talk to a director or cast member. Check out the highlight reel.

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