WCTE's FilmFest 2020

COVID-19 could be the subject of many films, but at the very least, it is a reason our inaugural WCTE PBS Film Festival, in partnership with the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, will slim down to one day, August 22, 2020. We will celebrate the best in non-fiction public media and host a filminute competition of viewer-submitted content via the PBS American Portrait digital platform. We also welcome interested parties to consider a VIP opportunity, including a private party on August 21, 2020. Look for details at www.wcte.org / film festival. If you have any questions, please send an email to filmfestival@wcte.org

Contact: Brent Clark, Director of Content & Digital Media

Email: filmfestival@wcte.org

Phone: 931-528-2222 ext. 222

In August, WCTE will host our regions first non-fiction film festival with the theme “American Portrait.” WCTE's FilmFest 2020 will be open to all content creators and will focus on shorts as well as thirty and sixty minute completed documentaries. You are invited to submit stories about our own rural region, rich with culture, people, places and history. Even if you have never created digital content before, this is your moment to share your talents, vision and voice in a fun and competitive environment.

The WCTE PBS FILM FESTIVAL is truly a community initiative. Our partners are the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, under the leadership of CPAC Director Chad McDonald; WCTE Board Emeritus Mario Morales; Los Angeles Filmmaker Charlie Abernathy; WCTE Director of Content Brent Clark; as well as advisory members from the film and public media industry including CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong; Consultant Donald Thoms and Key Location Director Sydney Lunn.

In addition, our friends from the National Multicultural Alliance and their work to serve diverse audiences as well as PBS, Reel South and The World Channel are all involved. WCTE asks that you help us spread the word as we reach out to content creators from our rural region and throughout the country, who have a strong connection to sharing a story about what our identity is as a people and place. and how together we create an “American Portrait.”