19 Things You Should Know About The 19th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 19th 2016 8514 0

The annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is coming up! This year’s fest is November 1-7, 2016 and features 185 films. Shout-out to Duncan Williams, Inc. for being a major sponsor.

Photo by Katie Mars. Used by permission.

Photo by Katie Mars. Used by permission.

Since this is the 19th year of Indie Memphis, I asked Indie Memphis Executive Director Ryan Watt to send me the 19 things you all need to know to take full advantage of the fest. Read more about tickets, venues, passes, etc, here.

1. Film For All – If “film festival” sounds exclusive or like you need to be a big film buff to attend, think again. This fest is for all of Memphis and you don’t have to be an “insider” to enjoy. (see also the #FilmForAll hashtag)

2. Full week event – The festival has grown to a 7 day event at 7 venues across town, so it’s more flexible with your schedule.

3. Memphis premieres – Most films at the fest have never appeared in Memphis, so you can be the first to see them (and meet the filmmakers before they are famous!)

4. Live music – Local live tunes in the theater before each film

5. Tickets or Passes – Buy your single film tickets a la carte ($10 or $15) or purchase a pass ($100) for access to parties and a dozen films

6. Parties – Meet the filmmakers and actors at after-parties including The New Daisy (Nov 2), Loflin Yard (Nov 3), LaFayette’s (Nov 4), and a Hi-Tone concert featuring The Nots & The Oh Sees (Nov 6) plus receptions before special screenings at Halloran Centre and Circuit Playhouse. The hospitality tent outside of Malco Studio on the Square (Nov 4 and 5) includes free beer for pass holders.

7. Mobile access – You can reserve films and access your tickets anytime on the Indie Memphis mobile-friendly site, no printing necessary

8. Prime venues – Catch films at on South Main (Halloran Center) on weeknights and Overton Square (Studio on the Square) on the weekend

9. East venues (new this year!) – Malco Ridgeway (Nov 2 & 3) and Malco Collierville (Nov 5)

Photo by Katie Mars. Used with permission.

Photo by Katie Mars. Used with permission.

10. Traveling filmmakers – More than 100 filmmakers will come to Memphis for the festival; in other words, it’s legit.

11. Behind-the-scenes/Making Of Access – Filmmakers will attend more than half of all screenings for discussions after films

12. Free panels – “IndieTalks” panel discussions with industry experts are FREE and open to the public at Playhouse on the Square (8 total)

13. National recognition –  Indie Memphis has been named in the Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee – 2016 MovieMaker Magazine list and is now sponsored by Amazon Studios

14. Prestige films – You can see likely award season nominees such as:
–  “Little Men” with Q&A with director Ira Sachs
– “Lion” staring Starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman
– “Manchester by the Sea” starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler – “Paterson” by Jim Jarmusch starring Adam Driver
“Certain Women”  by Kelly Reichardt starring Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and Laura Dern

15. Hometowners – Support 64 Memphis film directors with feature films, shorts and music videos

16. Short Films – if you want variety, short film blocks are the way to go. Most feature 8 – 12 short films of all kinds and most filmmakers attend.


17. Memphis Music Night –  On Wednesday Nov 2nd downtown, see “Verge” the documentary about upcoming local musicians and “Hometowner Music Videos”. Tickets to this evening include free access to the New Daisy After-Party featuring performances by Black Rock Revival and Nick Black (I Love Memphis is a proud sponsor of Memphis Music Films night!

18. Local Sponsors – The festival is presented for the 6th consecutive year by Duncan Williams, Inc and individual films are sponsored by local businesses. If you love local (and I know y’all do) then this festival is all about it.

19. Your Vote Counts – Participate at the competition films by voting in the audience awards

Huge thanks to Ryan for helping put together this great list!

Go there:

19th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival
November 1 – 7, 2016
Various Locations


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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