Indie GrizzGrants

$15,000 of Grants for Short Film Productions

The Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis are awarding FIVE cash grants of $3,000/each for short films to be produced about the female Grizzlies-fan experience. The five winning films will premiere at the 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival and will be considered for video content by the Memphis Grizzlies on social media and arena promotions.


Indie GrizzGrant Jury: Craig Brewer, Pat Mitchell Worley, & Rachel Smith

Indie GrizzGrant Jury: Craig Brewer, Pat Mitchell Worley, & Rachel Smith

These grants are to be used to assist filmmakers in getting their short films from the page, into production, and onto the screen.

Projects will be judged on their creativity and artistic merit. “Commercials” are not desired. Innovative storytelling and visual ingenuity will be key considerations. Submissions will first be reviewed by staff of the Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis to choose finalists. The three member jury will make the final decision of the winners. Jury members include Craig Brewer, Pat Mitchell Worley, and Rachel Smith.

photo by Breezy Lucia

photo by Breezy Lucia


Who is eligible:  Filmmakers from around the world!

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 20th by 11:59pm

Notification Date: December 16th



  • Any genre of filmmaking (narrative, documentary, animation, etc) is acceptable to submit

  • Suggested length of films is approximately 5 minutes (no longer than 10 minutes)

  • Productions may be filmed in any location

  • Winners provided $2,000 for production

  • Winners required to submit a rough cut by June 15, 2017

  • Winners provided additional $1,000 after rough cut approval

  • Winners required to submit final cut by September 1, 2017

  • Winners required to submit 90-second (max length) teaser by September 1, 2017

  • Project must credit the Memphis Grizzlies & Indie Memphis in the main credit sequence

  • Only one submission is allowed per filmmaker

  • If you are submitting as a team, there can only be one individual's name listed as primary applicant to receive grant funding

  • The completed films will compete for prizes awarded by the Memphis Grizzlies.

  • Grant recipients will not be granted exceptional access to FedExForum on game nights but may request media credentials for up to two people (one shooter/one producer) to one home game and must follow all general restrictions therein.  Requests for credentials to additional games will be considered on a case by case basis.


To be considered for the Indie GrizzGrants, filmmakers must submit the following:

  • Previous work: one Film, Clip or Reel no longer than 10 minutes

  • Title, Logline, Synopsis

  • Brief Budget Summary

  • Personal Statement of why your project should be awarded


Are there any limitations on how grant funds can be spent?

  • GrizzGrant funds need to be spent on production expenses. The details are up to you.

May I spend additional funding beyond the $3,000 grant to complete my film?

  • Absolutely, but only if you have those funds at your disposal, once you are awarded the grant you must meet the deadline requirements.



To Be Announced Saturday, November 5th at the Indie Memphis Film Festival Award Show

2015 IndieGrants recipents:

Jonas Schubach for DIRTY MONEY - $500 IndieGrant

Ben Siler for ON THE SUFFERINGS OF THE WORLD - $500 IndieGrant                                                         

Morgan Jon Fox for SILVER ELVES - $7500 IndieGrant

C. Scott McCoy & Laura Jean Hocking for HOW TO SKIN A CAT - $7500 IndieGrant

2014 IndieGrants recipients:

Joseph Carr for RETURNS - $500 IndieGrant

Dindie Donelson for CASANOVA'S ROSES - $500 IndieGrant

Sarah Fleming for CARBIKE - $4,500 IndieGrant

GB Shannon for BROKE DICK DOG - $4,500 IndieGrant