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Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis Announce ‘Indie GrizzGrants’

Organizations to Award $15,000 in Grants for Short Film Productions

The Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis will join forces to award five cash grants of $3,000 each for short films to be produced about the female Grizzlies fan experience, with the five winning films to premiere at the 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival. The initiative is designed to assist filmmakers in getting their short film from the page, into production and onto the screen.

Filmmakers from around the world are eligible to enter by the November 15 application deadline and will be notified of the results on December 16. Projects will be evaluated on their creativity, artistic merit, innovative storytelling and visual ingenuity.  Finalists will be chosen by staff of the Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis.  A three-member jury including accomplished film and media experts Craig Brewer, Rachel Smith and Pat Mitchell Worley, will then decide the winners (Complete bios attached). The winning candidates will also be considered for production of digital content for Grizzlies’ social media and arena promotions.

To be considered, candidates must submit the following:

        - Previous work: one film, clip or reel no longer than 10 minutes

        - Title, logline, synopsis

        - Brief budget summary

        - Personal statement of why your project should be awarded

A complete summary of guidelines for submissions is attached. Filmmakers can go to IndieMemphis.com to submit their application.

The concept for Indie GrizzGrants emerged from the showing of filmmaker Suzannah Herbert's award winning short film "What's Inside the Cage” at the 2015 Indie Memphis Film Festival, which features young dancers aspiring to be Grizz Girls.

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ABOUT INDIE MEMPHIS:

Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and on-going efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film. For additional information, or for details about membership, visit www.indiememphis.com or call (901) 214-5171.