The Indie Memphis film festival will host its annual Indie Grant competition later this year. This year has something new added to the roster. Along with two grants for narrative pieces, one grant will be awarded to a documentary piece, allowing more opportunities for up and coming Memphis filmmakers. Artist Services Director Joseph Carr explains,
“We have so many talented documentary filmmakers in Memphis that have been asking and hoping for it every year since the program was introduced. Short form documentaries are becoming more and more in demand and we have the talent pool here already producing really compelling work.”
There’s still no word on animation or experimental films being added to the line-up. When asked about those categories being included in the future, Joseph said
“We certainly would love to do that eventually if there is enough demand and funding allows for it.”
With the new addition comes new sponsors, along with a cash prize, winners will also receive services from: VIA Productions, Firefly Grip & Electric, Music+Art Studio, LensRentals.com, and waivers for film festival submission fees.
Many of the documentary requirements are the same as the narrative portion. Contestants must be from eligible counties, only one submission is allowed from each filmmaker, and the films runtime must be 12 minutes or less. You can find the entire list of requirements and applications here. All entries must be submitted by August 26, 2018.