2017 was Amazing! 2018 is in the Works!

A celebration of film and music, Film Score and the Scruffy City Film & Music Festival features:

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 2.50.37 PM– Narrative Features and Shorts
– Feature and Short Documentaries
– Music Videos
– Animated Shorts
– Four days of live music on three stages
– Panels, Workshops, and Q&As
– Daily happy hour mixers
– Closing Night Awards Ceremony

FILM SCORE celebrates the musical heart and soul of film and the composers and artists that make films sing. The 2017 Film Score and Scruffy City Film & Music Festival will be held from July 26-29, 2018 in Knoxville, TN, the Scruffy City.

All films submitted to the festival must have a standout soundtrack, score, sound design, or musical narrative to be considered. Each year one outstanding feature film with the Best Score or Soundtrack will be chosen to headline the festival. Also, awards are given for Best Score, Best Music Video, and Best Soundtrack.

All official selections will receive two Filmmaker Passes and attending filmmakers will receive our world famous VIP Gift Bag. Select films will receive complimentary accommodations for visiting filmmakers. Every year several films are reviewed and promoted by the regional media.

All winning short films will receive submission feee waiver codes for Shorts that are Not Pants in Toronto.


New in 2018, the Film Score Challenge will showcase films under five minutes long with the best story and score. The winning student and non-student film will be invited to screen at festivals around the US and the world. Film Score Challenge Official Selections will be judged by award winning composers and festival directors. We are actively seeking scholarships to award to the winning Film Score Challenge Student Film.


A Film Score challenge specifically designed for Tennessee filmmakers, composer, and students of all ages. The Top 15 Tennessee Film Score submissions will screen at a gala in Knoxville, TN on July 21, 2018.  Click HERE for details.


– Q&A after every feature film block
– Four roundtable discussions for musicians, filmmakers, music supervisors, and composers

– Our film jury consists of festival programmers and directors, award winning filmmakers, music composers, and animators.