Indie Memphis Sets 2013 Festival Dates, Prize List Grows

The Indie Memphis Film Festival, nationally-ranked as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker magazine and named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society, has set October 31 through November 3 as the date for this year’s event.

The festival, presented again by Duncan-Williams, Inc., will award a total of $6,000 in cash – up from $2,000 in 2012. Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment banking firm headquartered in Memphis with offices in ten states has been the festival’s presenting sponsor since 2011.

Indie Memphis, marking its 16th anniversary, will show films at three venues in Midtown’s Overton Square area, including Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, and on three screens at Malco Theatres’ Studio on the Square.  Additionally, related events will be held at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

The cash awards at this year’s festival include:

  • $1,000 presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. for the Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award
  • $2,000 presented by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission for Best Hometowner Feature ($1,000), Best Hometowner Narrative Short ($500), and Best Hometowner Documentary Short ($500)
  • $1,000 presented by Classic American Hardwoods for Best Documentary Feature
  • $1,000 for Best Narrative Feature
  • $500 for Best Narrative Short
  • $500 for Best Documentary Short

Last year’s film festival attracted 11,028, shattering the record of 8,000 set in 2011 – a 37.5 percent jump in attendance. The 2012 festival was held November 1 through 4.

“From the enthusiastic support of the Memphis business community to the unprecedented increase in attendance, we couldn’t be happier with the continued success of the festival,” said Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis.

Central to the festival’s growth was the new Innovation component, which presented a program of panel discussions and presentations by innovation and technology leaders, including FedEx CIO, Rob Carter; Google’s Head of Strategic Planning, Agency Development, Abigail Posner;  Digitas VP of Brand Content, Eric Korsh; and Hustle and Flow filmmaker Craig Brewer.

The festival also featured a "48-Hour Hack" presented in collaboration with LaunchMemphis and sponsored by Microsoft, as well as a series of Microsoft education and training opportunities. 

With a focus on regional filmmaking from all parts of the country, the festival brings a broad range of dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from across the country, transforming the city into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences.

Festival sponsorships are now available. Those interested in joining Duncan-Williams, Inc. and other corporate sponsors, partners and patrons in supporting the 2013 Indie Memphis Film Festival should contact Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor by email at [email protected]