Indie Memphis Film Festival Announces 2016 Dates: Expands Grants, Films Categories & New Venues East

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, March 29, 2016 – The 19th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival will be held November 1 through 7, continuing the weeklong format that was successful last year at venues in Midtown and Downtown Memphis, contributing to the largest film attendance in the history of the festival. 

New this year, presenting sponsor Duncan-Williams, Inc. has increased support to expand the festival into East Memphis and Collierville. New venues include two weeknights at Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill and a full Saturday at Malco Towne Cinema in Collierville. Films will also return to the Hattiloo Theatre during the weekend activities in Overton Square along with Circuit Playhouse and Malco Studio on the Square. The large gala screenings and receptions will continue at the Orpheum’s Halloran Centre on weeknights. Panels and parties will be featured throughout the week.

Ryan Watt, Executive Director says “We received a lot of positive feedback about the extended format last year and many films were sold-out, so we are continuing in the same locations while adding more venues to accommodate demand and expand our audience to a wider geographic area.”  

Duncan-Williams, Inc. returns as presenting sponsor of the festival for a sixth consecutive year. The continuous support of the Memphis-based investment firm has been integral to the stability and growth of the event. Malco Theaters is increasing support as a “marquee sponsor” and host of films on five screens at three different locations.

Watt announced the return of the “IndieGrants” program for the 3rd consecutive year supported by filmmaker Mark Jones and vendor sponsors Firefly Grip & Electric, Archer Records and “This year our grant program grows to a total of $21,000 of cash and in-kind services. Two experienced filmmakers will each receive $10,000 to make their short films and two emerging filmmakers will receive $500 each. We will also host the premieres of previous winner’s films. The IndieGrants initiative is supporting local filmmakers to make more short films in Memphis.” said Watt. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2016 and there is no fee to submit.

The Call for Entries was announced for filmmakers all over the world to submit their films with the final deadline of August 12th. New this year is a “music” category to focus on films of all kinds that have a music theme and the return of the music videos category. Also new is a “youth film” category to feature videos by Memphians ages 18 and under. There is NO COST for Memphis-area filmmakers to submit until the final deadline. Films may be submitted via FilmFreeway, with more information available at

The 2015 festival attracted record-setting ticket sales and high profile screenings including 2016 award winning & nominated ooklyn, Anomalisa, Carol, Tangerine, and The Look of Silence. Special guests and jurors included Academy-Award nominated writer/director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan), Academy-Award nominated production designer Judy Becker (Carol, American Hustle), CEO of BAFTA New York Julie La'Bassiere, Producer Ben Nearn (e Way Way Back, Mississippi Grind), Producer Rachel Smith of Black Label Media (Sicario, Demolition), Danielle McCarthy of Magnolia Pictures, Kent Osborne (venture Time, Uncle Kent), actor Jeremy London (arty of Five, Mallrats), Chris Strompolos (iders!, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation), and many more. Memphis Grizzlies in-house PA announcer Rick Trotter hosted the festival Award Show.


Tue. Nov 1       Halloran Centre (Opening Night)

Wed. Nov 2     Halloran Centre

                         Malco Ridgeway

Thu. Nov 3       Halloran Centre

   Malco Ridgeway

Fri. Nov 4         Overton Square: Circuit Playhouse, Malco Studio & Hattiloo

Sat. Nov 5        Overton Square: Circuit Playhouse, Malco Studio & Hattiloo 

   Malco Towne Cinema in Collierville

Sun. Nov 6        Overton Square: Circuit Playhouse, Malco Studio & Hattiloo

Mon. Nov 7       Halloran Centre (Closing Night)


 Two $10,000 production grants ($5,000 Cash + *$5,000 in-kind rentals and services*)

 Two $500 (Cash) production grants

*In-Kind Vendor Sponsors*

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 winner's short film productions. Standard insurance and rental agreement required. is donating $1,500 per grant of in-kind rentals for lens and camera gear to be used exclusively for the winner's short film production. *NEW*

Archer Records is donating $1,000 per grant in-kind for post-production sound mix to be used exclusively for the winner's short film productions. *NEW*

Filmmakers may apply for IndieGrants online:

Filmmakers may submit their completed films to the festival at