Indie Memphis’ New “Youth Film Fest” Will Offer Opportunities for Students

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, July 5, 2016 – Indie Memphis will hold their first Youth Film Fest on September 24th for students in grades seven through twelve at the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum. Participants will learn from top professionals and have the opportunity to submit their work to be seen on the big screen and compete for prizes. Winners will compete for awards plus $1,000 of cash and advance into the Indie Memphis Film Festival in November.

Indie Memphis is now seeking film and video submissions of all kinds including fiction, documentary, music videos and animation. Entries should be short – ten minutes or less is preferred – and may be shot with any type of camera, including a phone, iPad or GoPro.

The deadline for submissions is midnight, August 21. Students who graduated from high school in 2016 are also eligible. Submit and learn more info here:

“We receive a lot of requests to provide guidance for students interested in filmmaking and acting,” Executive Director, Ryan Watt said. “This event will give participants a chance learn from established filmmakers and meet other students for collaboration. We feel this is a great way for our alumni filmmakers to educate and mentor future Memphis storytellers.” 

The full schedule of events will be announced in August and include workshops, screenings and entertainment. Thanks to a grant awarded from GiVE365 by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the Youth Film Fest passes will be FREE to all students who submit films and additional students selected through an online application process.

The winning films will be shown during the 19th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. to be held November 1 through 7.

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 or call (901) 214-5171.