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Indie Memphis to Offer Grants Totaling $10,000 To Area Filmmakers for Locally Made Work

In an effort to help Memphis filmmakers make more films, Indie Memphis will offer $10,000 worth of grants to help narrative short film projects get from the page, into production, and onto the screen.

In making the announcement today, Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis, said, “We’re excited that funding came together to allow us to award four ‘IndieGrants’ this fall – two $4,500 production grants and two $500 production grants.”

Filmmakers living in Shelby County (Tennessee), DeSoto County (Mississippi), and/or Crittenden County (Arkansas) are eligible to apply for IndieGrant funds.

Jambor said that all production must also take place in Shelby, DeSoto and/or Crittenden counties and be able to be completed by August 1, 2015.

Applications materials will be available on August 1, 2014, and are due on September 1.

Jambor said the application will be simple. Entrants will be asked for a synopsis, budget, and samples of past work. Cast and crew bios may also be provided, but will not be required. 

To make funds more accessible for filmmakers who are just starting out, applicants for the $500 IndieGrants are not required to submit samples of past work. 

The grants review committee will be composed of out-of-town industry professionals, and will be announced soon. Grant recipients will be announced at on November 1, 2014 at the Indie Memphis Film Festival awards show.

Additional information about IndieGrants can be found on the Indie Memphis website at www.indiememphis.com/indiegrants