The new issue of MovieMaker Magazine features the Indie Memphis Film Festival on its annual list of 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, citing Indie Memphis' combination of the city's two most popular art forms -- film and music -- as part of the success of its annual film festival, which has seen its attendance double since 2007 to 7,800 attendees in 2010. MovieMaker's annual list of the "best festival investments" identifies for filmmakers the festivals most worth their time, money and effort.
Indie Memphis will hold its 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival this November 3-6 at the Playhouse on the Square, Malco Theatre's Studio on the Square, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, transforming the city best known as "the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll" into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists and audiences.
The festival screens a broad range of dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films, highlighting regional filmmaking from all corners of the country and providing a showcase for new work by Memphis filmmakers. Narrative Features will compete for $25,000 in color grading and finishing services from Nice Shoes in New York City, plus a round-trip flight to NYC. Jury awards also include Gorilla Film Production Software.
Indie Memphis connects filmmakers to the live music scene that pulses through the city, providing visiting filmmakers and other festival attendees with an eclectic sampling of Memphis' current music scene and a potential soundtrack for their next project. Last year, Memphis music acts, including Snowglobe, Bluff City Backsliders, Amy LaVere, Nancy Apple, Tonya Dyson, Jason Freeman, Michaela Caitlin, Michael Joyner, Grace Askew, Warble, and Pez performed "in theatre" prior to festival screenings, during Memphis music showcases at the Festival Cafe in the Playhouse on the Square, and at festival parties and receptions at various Memphis locations. In addition to local musicians, past festivals have also included live accompaniments by the acclaimed Alloy Orchestra and a solo acoustic performance by British singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock.
Other noted festivals on MovieMaker's list include the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, and the Seattle International Film Festival.
In 2009, the Indie Memphis Film Festival was named by MovieMaker as one of the world's "25 Coolest Film Festivals," alongside the South By Southwest Film Festival, Roger Ebert's Film Festival in Chicago, and Switzerland's 62-year-old Locarno International Film Festival. The organization also received special support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to produce its 2010 film festival.
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