Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and ongoing efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film.
One of the city’s core arts institutions, Indie Memphis connects and inspires indie filmmakers and film-lovers through the unique creative landscape that is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Now entering its 19th year, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization is a two-time Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grant recipient, receives project support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and is the only film organization to receive annual funding from ArtsMemphis.
The year-round organization is best known for its annual Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., which transforms the city into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences. The festival brings a broad range of independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from all corners of the country. In 2015, the festival expanded to include weekday gala screenings at the Halloran Centre, a new state-of-the-art venue in Downtown Memphis. The weekend portion of the festival continued at Overton Square in Midtown, the city’s cultural and creative center and home to a plethora of restaurants, bars, and clubs. The 2015 festival attracted record-setting ticket sales and high profile screenings including 2016 award winning & nominated Brooklyn, Anomalisa, Carol, Tangerine, & The Look of Silence. Special guests and jurors included Academy-Award nominated production designer Judy Becker (Carol, American Hustle), Academy-Award nominated director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan), CEO of BAFTA New York Julie La’Bassiere, Producer Ben Nearn (The Way Way Back, Mississippi Grind), Danielle McCarthy of Magnolia Pictures, Kent Osborne (Adventure Time, Uncle Kent), actor Jeremy London (Girl In Woods, Mallrats), Chris Strompolos (Raiders!, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation), and many more! Memphis Grizzlies in-house PA announcer Rick Trotter hosted the festival Award Show.