Film & Media Arts Festival

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​The University of Pikeville Film & Media Arts program is holding their 3rd annual film festival on campus Friday, April 7, and Saturday April 8, 2017. The festival is produced by students in the University’s film festival class and will screen 50 films submitted from across the country by professionals, college students, high school students, and middle school students.  The goal of the UPIKE Film & Media Arts Festival is to promote the art of filmmaking on both the UPIKE campus in Pikeville, KY and in the surrounding region.  All screenings are free and open to the public.  For a full list of all films showing and their times download the schedule


​The festival is held in Booth Auditorium at UPIKE’s Record Memorial Building.  Just park in the city parking garage on Hambley Blvdl, on the 2nd level of the deck walk across the pedway to Record.  Then in Record take the elevator to the 5th floor to enter Booth Auditorium.    

About the Festival:
​The festival will begin at 10 a.m. on April 7th and films will be shown throughout the day. The first day of the festival will include screenings of middle school students, high school films, an Appalshop showcase, a UPIKE student films showcase, and a late night segment of scary films. Panels led by UPIKE staff and students are also scheduled throughout Friday morning and include one on documentary filmmaking and one on creating comic books with award winning illustrator and cartoonist Christopher Epling.

Saturday’s festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with documentaries on international issues, followed by tristate vanguard, short documentaries, and college narratives. Then in the afternoon at 2:30 there will be a screening of 4 different feature length documentaries: West Virginia My Home, My Music, The Battle for Brandon, Killing Coal Country, and The Breaks: Centuries of Struggle.  

Saturday’s Feature Film Spotlights:
​3:45 – The Battle for Brandon – This inspiring faith based documentary about a basketball coach who must help his young son overcome child-onset paranoid schizophrenia. 


5:15 – Killing Coal Country – The film tells the story of the coal industry’s decline from the perspective of the miners. 


7:30 – The Breaks: Centuries of Struggle – This UPIKE produced documentary presents a chronological history of the Breaks (the Grand Canyon of the South) beginning nearly 250 years ago. In addition to having a world-class celebrity narrator, this film represents contributions from nearly a dozen professors from five different institutions. It features a rich selection of music produced by talented faculty from the world renowned Blue Grass, Old Time, and Country Music program at East Tennessee State University. It showcases an array of special effects produced by an Emmy Award nominated Motion Design artist. This film has also garnered support from the likes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, among others.


We would greatly appreciate your attendance at our free film festival. If you have additional questions please email

Awards & Prizes

We will have a minimum of $1000 in total cash prizes that will be divided up for a variety of rewards including:

Best of Show
Best Professional Film
Best College Film
Best High School Film
Best Middle School Film
Best UPIKE Student Film

Also, any high school senior that submits a film of high quality will be considered for a Film & Media Arts scholarship to UPIKE.

Rules & Guidelines

We are accepting films from US and international filmmakers this year.

All filmmakers must pay the required submission fee to enter unless they are from the states of Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia or their film was shot in one of those states. For those filmmakers we have special submission categories that are free to enter.

All filmmakers that submit to this category are required to clarify their Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia connection in an accompanying submission note. Failure to clarify this could result in your entry being disqualified.

Film submissions can come from professionals, college students, high school students and middle school students and we are accepting works of all lengths (shorts and features) and types (documentary, animation, music video and traditional narrative).

For purposes of categorization, we are considering feature films to be 40 minutes or longer, and shorts to be less than 40 minutes.

All that being said, if you are making a film specifically for this festival we encourage you to produce short films that are less than 10 minutes. As with any festival we only have so much time to show films, so the shorter your film is then the greater its chances are of being accepted and screened.

All entries need to be original work, and you must have the legal authorization to utilize all the content within your film. For example we will accept music videos, but you must have permission from the owners of the song to use it or we will not screen it.

We do not have a premiere requirement, but we do ask that you only submit works that were completed within the last 2 years.

Finally, we reserve the right to disqualify or reject your submission if we believe that it does not adhere to our rules or requirements.

Dates & Deadlines

​ Deadline 

January 8, 2017

​ Deadline 

February 5, 2017

Early deadline for entries.

Regular deadline for entries.

​ Deadline 

March 5, 2017

Last day to submit an entry.

Notification Date 

March 12, 2017

Entrants will receive an acceptance notification.

Event Date 

April 7-8, 2017

UPIKE will host a variety of events, including competitive screenings in Booth Auditorium.

Submission Process

We are accepting submissions through the Film Freeway platform. Just head on over to our festival’s submission page at …

It’s very easy to create a film freeway account, upload a digital copy of your film to YouTube (as an unlisted video) or to Vimeo as a password protected video, and then put that information into your film’s entry page. Once you’ve submitted your film to our festival it’s easy to use the site to find and submit to additional festivals. We encourage you to take advantage of those opportunities as well.


All screenings will be held in Booth Auditorium (on the 5th floor of the Record Memorial Building) at the University of Pikeville. The school’s address is 147 Sycamore Street, Pikeville, KY 41501. Free parking is available in the city parking garage directly across the street.

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Local Hotels

Holiday Inn Express

476 S. Mayo Trail

Pikeville, KY 41502


Brookshire Inn

123 Alexandra Dr.

Pikeville, KY 41501


Historic Mansion Bed & Breakfast

179 College St.

Pikeville, KY 41501


Hampton Inn

831 Hambley Blvd.

Pikeville, KY 41501


Hilton Garden Inn

849 Hambley Blvd.

Pikeville, KY 41501


The Landmark Inn

190 S. Mayo Trail

Pikeville, KY 41502



    Phone: (606) 218-5972