Named one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" in the Summer 2009 issue of MovieMaker Magazine, the Indie Memphis Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 13th annual festival, set for October 21-24, 2010 in Midtown Memphis, the city's cultural center and home to a plethora of restaurants, bars and clubs. The festival highlights Regional Filmmaking and brings new independent work to Memphis from all corners of the country while continuing its thirteen year tradition of providing a showcase for Southern filmmaking, specifically highlighting the work of Memphis filmmakers.
Postmark Deadlines and Entry Fees:
Earlybird Deadline - April 12 - $30 for features / $20 for shorts
Regular Deadline - May 17 - $40 for features / $30 for shorts
Late Deadline - June 21 - $50 for features / $40 for shorts
($5 discount for student filmmakers - Proof of student status required.)
Local Production Waiver:
Films of any category or length that were at least 50% shot in Memphis or Shelby County, Tennessee may take an entry fee waiver on their first submission to the festival.
Last year's Indie Memphis Film Festival saw an attendance increase of more than 30% for the second year in a row -- bringing the overall festival attendance to a record-setting 7,200 attendees. Over 80 filmmakers, industry veterans and special guests from across the United States came to Memphis to screen their work at the 2009 festival, participate in panel discussions, and connect with each other and other attendees, including former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell ("The Black List," host of KCRW's "The Treatment"), Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "$5 Cover"), Peter Gilbert ("Hoop Dreams," "At The Death House Door"), Ray McKinnon ("The Blind Side," "The Accountant"), Barry Corbin ("No Country For Old Men," "Northern Exposure"), Joe Swanberg ("Hannah Takes The Stairs," "Alexander the Last"), Cory McAbee ("The American Astronaut," "Stingray Sam"), Heidi Van Lier (The Indie Film Rule Book) and Chris Holland (Film Festival Secrets). Other past attendees and special guests have included John Sayles ("Matewan"), Ira Sachs ("Forty Shades of Blue"); Giancarlo Esposito ("Do The Right Thing"), Angela Bassett ("What's Love Got To Do With It"), Joey Lauren Adams ("Chasing Amy"), Albert Maysles ("Grey Gardens," "Gimme Shelter"), and Bob Mondello (National Public Radio).
With roots that run deep in the cultural landscape Memphis is most famous for, Indie Memphis is about more than film -- and the 2009 festival set new milestones connecting music and film: Memphis musicians performed live in the movie theater auditoriums before screenings, exposing audience members to true, independent Memphis music; the Alloy Orchestra performed their acclaimed live accompaniments to silent film classics "The General" and "Man With A Movie Camera;" singer / songwriter Robyn Hitchcock performed an intimate solo concert to close the festival at Malco Theatres' Studio on the Square, and Elvis Prelsey returned to the Levitt Shell for a free outdoor screening of "Elvis: '68 Special."
Indie Memphis is an ArtsMemphis funded non-profit organization. Special support is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Other Indie Memphis Film Festival sponsors and supporters include: Malco Theatres, the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission, the Memphis Music Foundation, Combustion, Modern Production Concepts, the Memphis Flyer, Live From Memphis, the Independent Film Channel, Comcast, Kodak, Dorothy Kirsch and the Hohenberg Foundation.
"I've had screenings of my films all around the world. I've watched my films
premiere at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles, as well as the Prince's Palace in Marrakech.
But there has never been an experience to equal my premiere at Indie Memphis."
~ Craig Brewer, "Hustle & Flow," on screening "The Poor & Hungry" in 2000
"Local support is imperative to any great festival, and the Memphians fill
the theaters and embrace the films and moviemakers as their own... Memphis rolls out the
red carpet and spreads its loving arms wide, pulling you in for a big ol' bear hug, saying
'We're glad you're here; -- just like mama would."
~ Scott Teems, "That Evening Sun," in MovieMaker Magazine (Winter 2010)
"Indie Memphis has so much that I look for in a film festival:
Programming with a thoughtful and idiosyncratic point of view that reflects its leadership,
and reaches out to promising new filmmakers whose work has an unmistakable sense of place;
an excited and eager community that attends the films in force looking to be surprised by the fare, rather than congratulated for coming out; and, oh yeah, barbeque."
~ Elvis Mitchell, 2008 & 2009 festival juror / Host of KCRW's The Treatment