Past IndieGrants


2017 indiegrants jury announced 

The Indie Memphis IndieGrant's Program is proud to announce this year's jury panel. Local filmmakers, don't forget to submit your application by SEPT. 3RD! More details below.

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Ina Pira is the newest member of Vimeo’s Curation team.  Prior to her job at Vimeo, Ina worked as a Senior Programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Montclair Film Festival, and the Sarasota Film Festival. In addition to her programming work, Ina has helped manage and select scripts for the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab and other year-round programs. Ina has served on festival juries and has spoken to numerous groups about film festivals, online programming, and digital distribution.


Jim Brunzell III is the Program Director for the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF). He is also the festival director for the music film festival Sound Unseen in the Twin Cities, MN, which was just named "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World for 2016" by Moviemaker Magazine. He is also a film journalist whose work has appeared in Star Tribune, Austin Chronicle, Hammer to Nail, City Pages, 89.3 the Current, Twin Cities Daily Planet and MinnPost where he has covered Sundance, Toronto, SXSW, True/False, Fantastic Fest, Seattle, Tribeca, MSPIFF and Chicago international film festivals. He is also a big sports nerd.


Miriam Bale is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York Daily NewsFilm CommentSight and SoundNew Republic, and other publications.


2014 IndieGrants Winner - BROKE DICK DOG

2014 IndieGrants Winner - BROKE DICK DOG

We want more Memphis filmmakers making films -- and making them right here in the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Our IndieGrants help move narrative short film projects from the page, into production, and onto the screen.

What is available?

Two $13,500 production grants ($5,000 Cash + *$8,500 in-kind rentals and services*)

*In-Kind Vendors

Firefly Grip & Electric is donating $2,500 per grant of cash-equivalent, no-strings-attached rentals of their lighting and grip equipment to be used exclusively for the two winning short film productions. Standard insurance and rental agreement required.

Music+Arts Studio is donating $1,000 per grant in-kind for post-production sound mix to be used exclusively for the two winning short film productions.

$500 for film festival submission waivers provided. *NEW* is donating $1,500 per grant of in-kind rentals for lens and camera gear to be used exclusively for the two winning short film productions.

VIA Productions is providing a full coverage insurance package worth at least $2,500 to be used exclusively for the two winning short film productions. *NEW*

Kroger is donating a $500 gift card (one for each winner) to be used for food & craft services exclusively for the two winning short film productions. *NEW*

Who is eligible?

Filmmakers living in Shelby County (Tennessee), DeSoto County (Mississippi),  Crittenden County (Arkansas), Tipton County (Tennessee), Fayette County (Tennessee), Marshall County (Mississippi), and Mississippi County (Arkansas) who did not win an IndieGrant in the previous year.  

2014 IndieGrants Winner - RETURNS

2014 IndieGrants Winner - RETURNS

Project Guidelines

  • Only narrative short film projects may apply for IndieGrant funds. Documentary, animation, and experimental projects are not eligible.
  • Scripts under 15 pages (or  runtime of the film under 15 minutes) are strongly recommended.
  • All production must take place in Shelby, DeSoto, Crittenden, Tipton, Fayette, Marshall, and/or Mississippi counties.
  • Submissions that do not require additional fundraising beyond the amount given by the IndieGrant are strongly recommended.
  • Principal photography must be completed by September 1, 2018.
  • Filmmaker may premiere the film anywhere outside of Memphis, but the regional premiere within the seven counties must be coordinated with an Indie Memphis event (festival or otherwise) within 1-year of first public screening.
  • Project must credit Indie Memphis and IndieGrants in the main credit sequence.
  • Only one submission is allowed per filmmaker.
  • If you are submitting as a team, there can only be one individual's name listed as primary applicant.
2016 IndieGrants Winner - SOLUS

2016 IndieGrants Winner - SOLUS

Important Dates

  • Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 - Application deadline. All materials must be submitted by 11:59pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 - Top ten finalists for $13.5K grant will be notified.
  • Sunday, Oct. 15th, 2017 - Final scripts due from finalists by 11:59pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 4th, 2017 - Grants awarded at the Indie Memphis Film Festival awards ceremony at Circuit Playhouse

How to Submit

  1. Fill out the online IndieGrant Submission Form. Before you begin, read through the form to see what information is required or click here to review a sample form. Since there is no way to save your progress, we suggest that you write your answers in another document and cut-and-paste them into the form. Please note: filmmakers applying for a $13,500 grant can include a Vimeo link of past work up to 15 minutes in length, so have your link ready for your before you begin filling out the form.
  2. Download and fill out an IndieGrant Basic Budget Form and email it to [email protected] The form is available as either a Google Sheet or a PDF. (We recommend the Google Sheet; it will do the math for you.) If you choose to download the Google Sheet, you will have to save the file onto your computer. To use our editable version, go to File >> Download As, and then email your completed Budget Form to [email protected]
  3. Make sure you've submitted both the online form and budget by midnight on September 3rd, 2017. Late entries will not be accepted.
2015 IndieGrants Winner - SILVER ELVES

2015 IndieGrants Winner - SILVER ELVES


The top ten submissions in the $13,500 production grant application will be notified at the end of September. Finalists will then be required to submit a script for their proposed film. The two winners will be announced at the Festival Award Show on Saturday, Nov. 4th.


Are there any limitations on how grant funds can be spent?
IndieGrant funds need to be spent on production expenses. The details are up to you.

I’m a previous IndieGrant winner. Am I eligible to submit again?
Yes, however you can not win the same IndieGrant in back to back years. For example, the 2016 IndieGrant winners can not re-apply again until 2018.

Why does the project have to be completed by September 1, 2018?
We're impatient and are only interested in IndieGrants going to films that can be produced in the coming year. If you have a complicated project that might take longer to produce, consider coming up with something else for your IndieGrant application.

Can IndieGrant funds be used on projects with larger budgets than I'm able to apply for?
Yes, but we're not going to want to fund a project that might not be able to raise the money it needs to be completed. It is probably best to keep things small, unless you already have additional money committed.

Most of my film can be shot in around Memphis, but a couple of scenes will need to be shot in Nashville. Is that cool?
No, sorry. This grant is for shorts that can completely be shot in the Memphis area and its surrounding counties - specifically Shelby County, DeSoto County, Crittenden County, Tipton County, Fayette County, Marshall County, and Mississippi County.

Can I use actors from outside of Memphis?

What happened to the $500 grants?
It has been discontinued because we were not receiving an adequate number of applications.

Who will be determining the grant recipients?
e are putting together a grants review committee of out-of-town industry professionals, to be announced soon.

Two $1,500 Cash Grant Winners for Social Justice Short Documentaries ANNOUNCED

The Indie Memphis IndieGrant's Program, in partnership with Artless Media, is proud to announce the winners of The Magnifying Glass grant, sponsored by Mark Jones!  

  • Kathy Lofton for SENESCENCE LOST 
    "Senescence Lost" takes a gripping, graphic and in depth look into the horrors of elder abuse in Shelby and neighboring counties.  
  • Robert Rowan for GET OFF THE BUS
    A day in the life of a Memphis MATA rider as they navigate their way through the city of Memphis.

The Magnifying Glass was created to assist in micro budgeted, expediently produced progressive or radical short films that aggressively investigate social injustice.

Selections were made by jury members...

Mid South Peace & Justice Center Executive Director Bradley Watkins

Filmmaker and activist
Rachel Weaver 

Filmmaker and Magnifying Glass founder Russell Sheaffer 

Congratulations to our Memphis filmmakers!

Indie GrizzGrants

$15,000 of Grants for Short Film Productions

The Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis are awarding FIVE cash grants of $3,000/each for short films to be produced about the female Grizzlies-fan experience. The five winning films will premiere at the 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival and will be considered for video content by the Memphis Grizzlies on social media and arena promotions.

2016 Indie GRizzGrant Winners:

Jeremy Burgess (Birmingham, AL) - MAMA BEARS 

Logline: A trio of single mothers uses Grizzlies games as an incentive to help their children perform well in school and stay out of trouble. 


Logline: Stephanie loves the Grizzlies. The online Grizz fan community loves her right back.  

Phoebe Driscoll & Sophie Osella (Memphis, TN) - METRONOME

Logline: A tomboy drummer finds rhythm in Memphis while dreaming of being on the Grizzline.

Brent Shrewsbury (Memphis, TN) - MY HERO

Logline: A young girl speculates whether or not her grandmother has a very high profile second identity. 

Laura Jean Hocking (Memphis, TN) - THE LAST FAN

Logline: Grizzlies fandom is alive and well in post-apocalyptic Memphis.


Dan Baker for DYSPHORIA - $10,000 IndieGrant

 Rachel Taylor for SOLUS - $10,000 IndieGrant

Christopher Tracy for SOPHIE - $500 IndieGrant

Stephanie Watkins for GIRLSLIKEME - $500 IndieGrant

2015 IndieGrants recipents:

Morgan Jon Fox for SILVER ELVES - $7500 IndieGrant

C. Scott McCoy & Laura Jean Hocking for HOW TO SKIN A CAT - $7500 IndieGrant

Jonas Schubach for DIRTY MONEY - $500 IndieGrant

Ben Siler for ON THE SUFFERINGS OF THE WORLD - $500 IndieGrant                                                         

2014 IndieGrants recipients:

Sarah Fleming for CARBIKE - $4,500 IndieGrant

GB Shannon for BROKE DICK DOG - $4,500 IndieGrant

Joseph Carr for RETURNS - $500 IndieGrant

Dindie Donelson for CASANOVA'S ROSES - $500 IndieGrant

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