Emerging Memphis Filmmakers, Craig Brewer, and ‘Raiders’ team headline inaugural “Youth Film Fest”

Indie Memphis has announced the lineup for the first Indie Memphis – Youth Film Fest on September 24th at the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum. Young artists will see their work on the big screen, attend workshops and talks from experienced filmmakers and compete for prizes. The event is free and students must apply for their Youth Fest pass in advance at The capacity is 360 students and the application process will insure a variety of schools across the city are represented.

The festival kicks-off with pizza and a movie trivia competition before the keynote speaker, Craig Brewer, talks about effective ‘Storytelling’. Next, students attend the workshops of their choice during two 45-minute sessions. Finally, the youth films are screened. Awards are announced prior to the headline event, the greatest fan film ever made, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation”. The ‘Raiders’ filmmakers will be in attendance and speak to students.

The Youth Fest is not only for aspiring directors,” says Executive Director, Ryan Watt. “We welcome young actors, writers, musicians, photographers and editors who want to learn more about filmmaking to apply.”

Indie Memphis received 38 youth submissions, the finalists will compete for the grand prize awarded by the jury of a full-day production package from VIA Productions with equipment and crew, valued at $4,000, plus $500 of cash and an invitation to screen at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. In addition, the Audience Award winner will receive $500, the short that best represents Memphis will receive the Shangri-la Project’s Award of $250, and additional awards will be presented. The members of the jury are Sena Amengor (Ringling College of Art & Design), Megan Leonard (Seattle International Film Festival), Meg Moritz (University of Colorado).

Thanks to a grant awarded from GiVE365 at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and grant from the Downtown Commission, the Youth Film Fest passes are FREE to all students while space is available. Apply at

Tickets will be available to purchase to the Youth Screenings pending availability after student registrations. Tickets are now available for $15 for the Raiders Adaptation screening.