The first Indie Memphis Student Shorts showcase screened Saturday, May 7, 2011 in the Memphis College of Art's Callicott Auditorium to a crowd of more than 150 attendees, featuring the work of Memphis-area students from Overton High School, St. Agnes Academy, the Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis. The showcase gives students an opportunity to meet and network with fellow students from other area institutions, and provides them with a "training wheels" experience for the festival circuit, offering a bit of friendly competition and a greater chance of public exposure.
Of the more than 100 films submitted, 24 were selected to screen at the competitive showcase. A jury of industry professionals (William Bearden, DeAara Lewis and Edward Valibus Phillips) deliberated and the audience voted, with the following awards presented:
Each winning film receives an automatic slot in the nationally-recognized Indie Memphis Film Festival (November 3-6), a 1-year Indie Memphis student membership with an incuded IFP community membership, a 1-year print subscription to MovieMaker Magazine, and an showcase award or certificate. Each winning film also received a pair of passes to a Malco Theatres film, with the exception of the BEST IN SHOW winner who received a $100 cash prize.
Indie Memphis Student Shorts is made possible with the support of the Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission.