As part of the Chattanooga Film Festival, the 1954 horror film "Creature from the Black Lagoon" will be shown in Miller Park, 928 Market St., on Saturday, April 13, at 8:30 p.m. The movie is free and open to the public; bring a folding chair for seating. / Universal Pictures

The Chattanooga Film Festival opens Thursday, April 11, for four days filled with feature-length and short films, panels, podcasts, games and parties.

Chattanooga Film Festival was founded to share great cinema, predominantly in the horror/sci-fi genre. This weekend's film events will take place at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., and at The Moxy, 1220 King St.

In addition to nearly 40 feature films, there will be podcasts, panels, games and break-out sessions on topics such as funding your film or how to pitch your film. The weekend wraps up with CFF Awards at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

Participants have multiple ticket options available on the CFF website. Buy tickets for individual movies or save money and buy a badge. Tickets and badges can be purchased at

Weekend badges are priced from $120-$200. Individual day badges are priced $60 for Thursday, $80 for either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. "The Dabbler" badge is $40, good for four films picked from across the four days.

Special events with individual tickets are offered each day. For example: "An Evening with Joe Bob Briggs: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood" is $25 for Thursday's 8 p.m. program in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

Using more than 200 clips and stills, Briggs will review the history of rednecks in America as told through exploitation and mainstream movies. Audience members will learn all sorts of trivia from the identity of the first redneck in history to the most sacred redneck cinematic moments.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., CFF presents "Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show," also $25. Glover will be on hand to present his "Big Slide Show, Part 2" and meet and greet fans to sign copies of his books.

The film festival has also scheduled several events that are free and open to the public. However, registration on the CFF website is still required to attend these events. Some examples:

» Thursday, 10 p.m., The Moxy: Metal Madness Party celebrating heavy metal in cinema, complete with themed cocktails such as the Megadeth and metal face painters.

» Friday, 5 p.m., Chattanooga Theatre Centre: Live Dungeons and Dragons with dungeon master/screenwriter C. Robert Cargill.

» Friday, 10 p.m., Chattanooga Brewing Co., 1804 Chestnut St.: Karaoke party

» Saturday, 10 a.m., The Moxy: "Destroy All Movies! The Punks on Film Panel," 20th-century punk historians Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly entertain the audience with ludicrous and completely impossible facts and fiction on Hollywood vs. the punk rock movement. Includes a special punk clips show from "Everything Is Terrible!!"

To see a full schedule of CFF events, to buy tickets or register for one of the free events:


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