Now entering its 16th year, the Indie Memphis Film Festival is a two-time Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grant recipient and has twice been ranked by MovieMaker Magazine (as one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" in 2009 and one of "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in 2011). With a focus on regional filmmaking, the festival brings a broad range of dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from all corners of the country.
Named a "Top 20 Event" by the Southeast Tourism Society, the 2012 festival attracted a record-setting crowd of more than 11,000 attendees and introduced a new Innovation program of panel discussions and presentations by innovation and technology leaders from Google, FedEx and others, as well as a "48-Hour Hack" sponsored by Microsoft.
Presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., the 2013 festival is set to take place October 31 - November 3 on five screens at the Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse and Malco Theatre's Studio on the Square, all located in and around Midtown Memphis' Overton Square, home to a plethora of restaurants, clubs and bars that celebrate all that makes Memphis unique.
Jury awards include cash prizes for Best Narrative Feature ($1,000), Best Documentary Feature ($1,000), Best Narrative Short ($500), Best Documentary Short ($500) and the Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award ($1,000).
Additionally the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission presents $2,000 in cash prizes in the Hometowner category. Additional prizes and awards TBA.
April 3 - $35 features / $25 shorts
May 15 - $45 features / $35 shorts
June 19 - $60 features / $45 shorts
WAB Extended Deadline:
July 10 - $75 features / $65 shorts
Jurors from the past three festivals have included former New York Times film critic ELVIS MITCHELL (KCRW's 'The Treatment'), documentarians BRUCE SINOFSKY (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory), PETER GILBERT (Hoop Dreams), and DAN LINDSAY (Undefeated), producers SCOTT MOSIER (Clerks) and ALICIA VAN COUVERING (Tiny Furniture), screenwriters LARRY KARASZEWSKI (Man on the Moon) and DANIEL WATERS (Heathers), FilmThreat publisher MARK BELL, and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member CHRIS PARNELL ('30 Rock,' 'Subugatory'), who pulled double-duty as host the 2011 festival's closing night Awards Show.
Other special guests from the past several years have included filmmakers CRAIG BREWER (Hustle & Flow, Footloose), IRA SACHS (Forty Shades of Blue, Keep the Lights On), JOHN SAYLES (Matewan, Honeydripper), and ALBERT MAYSLES (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), Emerging Pictures' IRA DEUTCHMAN, producer MIKE RYAN (Junebug), screenwriter MATT LOPEZ (Race to Witch Mountain, The Sorcerer's Apprentice), film critic BOB MONDELLO (National Public Radio), and actors GIANCARLO ESPOSITO (Breaking Bad, Do The Right Thing), RAY MCKINNON (The Blind Side, Footloose), BARRY CORBIN (No Country For Old Men, Northern Exposure), ANGELA BASSETT (What's Love Got To Do With It), and JOEY LAUREN ADAMS (Chasing Amy), and JASON BALDWIN of the West Memphis Three (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory).
Indie Memphis also connects filmmakers and festival attendees to the live music scene that pulses through the city. Memphis musicians, including Amy LaVere, Snowglobe, Bluff City Backsliders, the Side Street Steppers, Keith Sykes, the Sultana and Deering and Down, have performed in theatres prior to festival screenings, at festival parties and receptions, and during music showcases throughout the festival weekend.
Prior years have also featured special performances by visiting musicians including BOBBY BARE JR, the ALLOY ORCHESTRA and British singer/songwriter ROBYN HITCHCOCK, who closed the 2009 festival with an intimate solo concert in one of the festival theaters.
Word on the street:
"Indie Memphis made me enjoy going to festivals again."
~ SCOTT MOSIER, producer of Clerks & Chasing Amy, 2010 festival juror
"I've had screenings of my films all around the world. I've watched my films premiere at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles, as well as the Prince's Palace in Marrakech. But there has never been an experience to equal my premiere at Indie Memphis."
~ CRAIG BREWER, Hustle & Flow, on screening The Poor & Hungry at Indie Memphis in 2000
"Indie Memphis has so much that I look for in a film festival: programming with a thoughtful and idiosyncratic point of view that reflects its leadership, and reaches out to promising new filmmakers whose work has an unmistakable sense of place; an excited and eager community that attends the films in force looking to be surprised by the fare, rather than congratulated for coming out; and, oh yeah, barbecue."
~ ELVIS MITCHELL, 2008, 2009 & 2010 festival juror, host of KCRW's "The Treatment"
Local takes on past fests:
- Editorial: Indie Memphis (The Commercial Appeal, 5/25/12)
- Indie Memphis Film Festival 2012 - Feature Film Lineup (John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal, 10/5/12)
- Indie Memphis scores with new innovation track focused on tech (James Dowd, The Commercial Appeal, 11/2/12)
- Indie Memphis Awards: Antenna, As I Am, Open Five 2 are among the winners (Chris Herrington, The Memphis Flyer, 11/4/12)
- Indie Memphis Film Festival Award-Winners (John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal, 11/5/12)
- Indie Memphis credits jump in participation to addition of tech track (James Dowd, The Commercial Appeal, 11/6/12)
- Indie Memphis Film Festival 2011: Best Festival Ever?; or, No Need To Fake This Organism (John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal)
- Jason Baldwin Makes Appearance at Local Paradise Lost 3 Screening (Chris Herrington, The Memphis Flyer)
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