18th Annual

Indie Memphis Film Festival

November 03, 2015 to November 10, 2015

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Category for narrative films no longer than 25 minutes in length. Recent jurors in this category have included MARK BELL (Film Threat), SKIZZ CYZYK (MicroCineFest) and KRIS SWANBERG ('Empire Builder').
Category for documentary films no longer than 25 minutes in length. Recent jurors in this category have included PETER GILBERT ('Hoop Dreams'), HOLLY HERRICK (Austin Film Society), and CHRIS HOLLAND (Film Festival Secrets).
Category for animated and experimental films no longer than 25 minutes in length. Recent jurors in this category have included MARK BELL (Film Threat), SKIZZ CYZYK (MicroCineFest) and KRIS SWANBERG ('Empire Builder').


The Indie Memphis Film Festival connects and inspires filmmakers and film-lovers through the unique creative landscape that is the "home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll." The festival transforms the city into a connecting point for filmmakers and audiences.

"Indie Memphis made me enjoy going to festivals again."
~ Scott Mosier, producer of CLERKS, 2010 festival juror


Called "one of the coolest film festivals around" in the Winter 2014 issue of MovieMaker magazine, the Indie Memphis Film Festival is a two-time Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grant recipient and was named a "Top 20 Event" by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2012. Indie Memphis was ranked by MovieMaker as a film festival "Worth the Entry Fee" in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and as one of the magazine's "25 Coolest Film Festivals" in 2009 and 2014. 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.

Now entering its 18th year, the 2015 festival is presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. and will take place Nov 3 - Nov 10. Most films by out-of-town filmmakers will screen the weekend of Nov 6 - 8 in Midtown Memphis' Overton Square entertainment district, home to a plethora of restaurants, clubs and bars that celebrate all that make Memphis unique. Venues include the The Circuit Playhouse, the new Hattiloo Theatre, and Malco Theatre's Studio on the Square -- all within just a few blocks of each other, creating an accessible community-friendly atmosphere online any other on the festival circuit.

Audience and jury awards presented across all categories. Prizes and awards TBA.

Jurors from the past few years have included Filmmaker Magazine Editor-in-Chief SCOTT MACAULAY, TED HOPE (Amazon Original Movies), 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'), who pulled double-duty as host the 2011 festival's closing night Awards Show.

Indie Memphis also connects filmmakers and festival attendees to the live music scene that pulses through the city. Memphis musicians, including VALERIE JUNE, STAR & MICEY, AMY LAVERE, SNOW GLOBE, BLUFF CITY BACKSLIDERS, and KEITH SYKES, have performed in theatres prior to festival screenings, at festival parties and receptions, and during music showcases throughout the festival weekend. The 2013 Indie Memphis Music Showcase featured TEENIE HODGES and the legendary HI RHYTHM SECTION, hip-hop artist AL KAPONE ('Hustle & Flow'), HOPE CLAYBURN'S SOUL SCRIMMAGE and THE GRIFTERS, reuniting for the first time in over 10 years to play the show. 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 is a fantastic, well-curated festival blessed with hometown strengths -- the city's special cultural and political history as well as its great food -- that other fests can only dream about."
~ SCOTT MACAULAY (editor-in-chief Filmmaker Magazine), 2013 festival juror

"A truly great stop for any filmmaker on their festival tour, with great audiences both local and global, who really invest in the ethos of the entire weekend. Indie Memphis is a festival with an eclectic program that challenges, inspires and always leaves you wanting more. Long may it continue. Films, music, food and craft beer. Is this heaven? No, it's Indie Memphis."
~ JUSTIN DOHERTY (co-founder Filmstock International Film Festival), 2012 & 2013 festival juror

"Indie Memphis knows how to treat their filmmakers right. With trips to Graceland, Stax, and Sun Studios (and this year a Halloween party in an old brothel) they incorporate the amazing history of Memphis into a festival experience like no other. The receptions, screenings, and dedicated volunteers really make you feel like you are part of a community. Can't wait to come back!”
~ RYAN SCAFURO (director, 'Bending Steel'), 2013 filmmaker

"Indie Memphis is a unique blend of quality, truly independent filmmaking, cultural identity and a Memphis-centric curated experience. It's the only festival I can see a barrage of amazing films and hang out with incredible filmmakers; but at the same time tour Elvis Presley's mansion (plus an unparalleled amount of Elvis paraphernalia at a crazy man's house in Holly Springs, Mississippi), party at an allegedly haunted former bordello, gorge myself on buckets and buckets of Gus' Fried Chicken, and catch a Huskies game courtesy of some really rad volunteers. Indie Memphis is more than just a film festival; it's a complete history of Memphis over a long weekend.”
~ ADAM DONAGHEY ('Bob Birdnow's Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self'), 2013 filmmaker

"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'

"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 premiering his debut feature, 'The Poor & Hungry,' at Indie Memphis in 2000


Brighid Wheeler; Craig Brewer (Board Member); Erik Jambor (Executive Director); Iddo Patt (President); Les Edwards (Treasurer); Ryan Watt (Board President)


Submissions may not be publicly screened or aired in Memphis or Shelby County, Tennessee prior to the 2015 festival dates.

Submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2014. Films previously submitted to Indie Memphis will not be reconsidered.

Only secure online screeners are accepted this year.

Films accepted to screen at the festival will be categorized in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of Indie Memphis. Films with theatrical distribution may not qualify for juried competition, but would still be eligible for audience awards. Instructional films, industrials, promotional videos, music videos, concert films and sponsored works-for-hire are generally not appropriate for submission. Submissions must be independently produced artistic content; filmmakers must have final creative control over their work.

Filmmakers will be notified of their selection status before Sept. 25, 2015. Exhibition materials for selected films must be available by October 16, 2015 for inclusion in the festival.

Indie Memphis does not pay screening fees for submitted work.

Entry fees are nonrefundable.

Screeners of accepted films may be archived in the Indie Memphis library, and made available for Indie Memphis members to borrow at no charge. Filmmakers may opt out of this and pull their film from the library at any time.

Indie Memphis may deny acceptance of any film at its sole discretion, or waive rules for any submission it deems appropriate for the festival. If accepted, the screening schedule (including venue, time and number of screenings) is at the sole discretion of Indie Memphis.

The entrant is responsible for the cost of shipping the submission and exhibition materials to Indie Memphis. Films being sent from outside the United States must be sent "free domicile" to the Indie Memphis office, with all transportation charges, duties and taxes prepaid by shipper. Indie Memphis will cover return shipping (or will ship to another festival) only within the continental United States via ground shipping. Indie Memphis cannot cover overnight or priority shipping costs, or ship US films to an address outside the United States.


The entrant guarantees that they have legal right to submit their film to the 2015 Indie Memphis Festival and have obtained all necessary rights and clearances to have it publicly screened during the festival dates.

Submission of the film confirms that the Indie Memphis Film Festival has permission to exhibit the work at the 2015 festival, should it be accepted, and that the entrant understands that no screening fees or other reimbursement is possible.

Every precaution will be exercised in handling preview and exhibition materials for submitted films, but the entrant agrees to hold the festival, its organizers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, and partnering organizations harmless for damage to or loss of materials submitted.