Southern Appalachian International Film Festival (SOAPIFF) was a yearly film festival. The purpose of Southern Appalachian International Film Festival was to publicly recognize and promote the work of independent movie makers and to encourage film production and culture in Southern Appalachia.
The Southern Appalachian International Film Festival aimed to provide festival entrants with an opportunity to showcase their movies to as wide an audience as possible with the screening of their entries, if selected, at SOAPIFF in multiple theatres during the festival, and, when possible, via distribution of entry materials for promotional purposes separate from, and/or before, during and/or following the festival.
SOAPIFF intended to prevent the loss of many independent films over time by placing films in an archive in the Archives of Appalachia, located in Sherrod Library on the campus of East Tennessee State University, purely for the purposes of preservation and research. It is worth noting that the missing footage from Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” was recently discovered in a film archive in Argentina. If filmmakers agree (and you are given the opportunity to do so elsewhere in the entry information) all entries (both selected and non-selected) will be added to the Festival collection in the Archives of Appalachia at ETSU where they may be preserved indefinitely for research. If you object to this, we will not place your film in the archives.
Although SOAPIFF hasn’t run for a number of years, it was a great festival which really helped the local film scene and attracted a big following. Hopefully we’ll see it return one day!