Created in June 2013, the Performing Arts wing of SAFTA was founded to expand on SAFTA's existing workshopping and outreach efforts in creative writing to the stage and film.
The mission of our Performing Arts division is to provide an educational environment where creative individuals can learn or improve the skills and techniques involved all aspects of producing works of film and theater. We hope to foster an inclusive environment in the film community, to connect individuals and groups in the community and empower them to work together, and to provide services and resources in order to enable filmmakers to create with less initial investment of time and money.
Our first project, a submission to the Knoxville Film Festival's 7 Day Shootout, was a collaborative effort involving many of SAFTA's writing and performance staff and regular members. Man Overboard, a comedy about a man who injures his eye and is inspired by the medical eye patch he is forced to wear to take on the character traits of a pirate, much to the initial delight of his family and friends, won the Best Use of Visual Element award.
Soon after, working with Jamison Stalsworth, our lead actor in Man Overboard, SAFTA was right back at work on our next collaboration, a faux trailer for the Knoxville Horror Film Festival's Grindhouse Grindout. A darkly humorous tale of a man who gets bitten by a clown and slowly becomes joyously murderous himself, The Curse of the Wereclown won Best Trailer and the Audience Award.
2014 found SAFTA Films busier than ever. Starting with our original work Steamtrunk Carnivale, work began immediately on an original short film written and directed by Vania Smrkovski, which was accepted in the 2014 Knoxville Film Festival! Meanwhile, SAFTA Films also co-produced with Jamison Stalsworth's Dr. Moon Rat Productions the short film "Scraper" and another Knoxville Horror Film Festival trailer, Bad Bad Bunny, which won the Audience Favorite Award—again!
In 2015, Amy Eakins took over as our Director of SAFTA Films, and our first project was the only locally produced music video to be selected for the 2015 Knoxville Music & Film Fest.
We are also accepting screenplay submissions for consideration in our 2015 production slate. Send yours today!
If you would like to see more film produced in the East Tennessee area? Consider donation to SAFTA and help us support local filmmakers and actors. The more financial support we can provide, the more time and energy they have to produce quality film.