Indie Memphis, which held the most successful film festival in its history earlier this month, has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that holds the Academy Awards.
The amount was the maximum that could be awarded to Indie Memphis. It was the second grant the Oscar organization’s educational and cultural committee has given to Indie Memphis. The Academy awarded a similar grant to Indie Memphis in 2009 for it’s 2010 festival.
Indie Memphis’ 14th annual film festival was held November 3 to 6 and drew a record or more than 8,000, with special guests including Chris Parnell (30 Rock), Tanya Wright (True Blood) and Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory). The festival was presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. and in addition to breaking attendance figures, proved to be the organization’s most financially successful.
“We are thrilled to be among the organizations to receive funding from the Academy for 2012,” said Erik Jambor, Executive Director of Indie Memphis. “Their recognition further solidifies our place on the festival circuit and will help us continue to connect filmmakers and audiences here in the Mid-South.”
In making the announcement, the Academy says the grants are awarded for a variety of festival programs; organizers are encouraged to submit proposals intended to make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between filmmakers and the general public.
A total of $455,000 was presented by the Academy to 25 U.S. film festivals for the 2012 calendar year. Since its establishment in 1999, the Academy's Festival Grants Program has distributed 277 grants totaling $4.85 million in funding.
Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis, said the funds would be used to “to strengthen relationships between participating filmmakers and build new connections between those filmmakers and the greater Memphis community.”