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Meet the Grantees: Indie Memphis


This year, Indie Memphis will be putting on the 22nd annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, October 30 through November 4 in Overton Square. This nationally recognized event transforms our city into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences alike while showing hundreds of films over the course of a week.  Through this annual film festival, weekly film series, artist development and a youth film program, Indie Memphis strives to create community through independent film and support the development of filmmakers. 

Added to the film festival in 2018 with support of an ArtsMemphis Enhancement Grant, the Black Creators Forum is a two-day symposium of workshops and invited speakers led by notable black filmmakers and critics. The goal is to explore new ways black filmmakers can find creativity and sustainability, and to ease the barrier of entry for black artists who would like to work in film.

With a vision for Memphis to be a thriving artistic environment for film and production that is growing, attracting and retaining talent, Indie Memphis offers Youth Mentoring and the Youth Film Fest, Filmmaking workshops during the festival, the Black Creators Forum and Pitch Rally, and Filmmaker grants and residency.  As Vivian Gray, the 2017 Youth Fest Grand Prize Winner, a St. Mary’s graduate and USC Film Production Major noted, "The very existence of the Indie Memphis Youth program is evidence of a serious local effort to change the game."

With nearly 300 films in multiple venues over seven days, Indie Memphis Film Festival offers just about every type of film experience one can imagine!  For more information about Indie Memphis and the upcoming festival, visit

Meet the Grantees:
ArtsMemphis supports more than 70 arts organizations and artist through 164 grants totaling $2.5 million each year.  Get to know your arts organizations – they shape our city’s modern character, build on our city’s cultural vitality and strengthen our local community.
Posted by Kelsea Lewis at 9:55 AM

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