Indie Memphis pledges to move forward with the 2020 film festival. In these uncertain times, we will proceed with the event whether it is held in our usual venues, online in a virtual format, or a combination of both.

The 5th Annual Indie Memphis Youth Film Fest is an all-day event dedicated to showcasing short films and videos from regional and national youth.

Saturday, August 29th 2020 at the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum.

The event will also feature several presentations and workshops from high-profile guests. Prior festivals have featured talks from Memphis-based Hollywood directors Craig Brewer (Empire, Hustle & Flow, Tarzan), Tom Shadyac (The Nutty Professor, Ace Ventura), and actress Caitlin McGee (NBC's Bluff City Law)

Workshops have included Writing & Directing, Acting on Camera, Cinematography & Lighting, Stunts, Makeup & Prosthetics, Pre-Production, Practical Audio Recording, Editing Techniques, and Making Music Videos.

The inaugural festival included a workshop with Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala, who as kids between the ages of 12 and 17 shot one of the most famous fan-films ever – a shot-for-shot no budget remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Prize money will be awarded to the winners in our Memphis Competition Screening as well as the CrewUp Mentorship Screening.

• All films submitted must be made by students in grades 7-12 or 2020 high school graduates.

• Film submissions under 10 minutes in total runtime is strongly recommended.

• Films can be submitted for free by students living in the Memphis metro area (select "Memphis Youth Shorts" category)

• Students living outside the metro area can submit films but must pay a fee for each film submitted (select "National Youth Shorts" category)

• Films can be shot with any type of equipment including cell phone, iPad and Go Pro cameras.

• The director, writer, camera person and picture editor must be between grades 7 - 12, including 2020 high school graduates. The actors may be of any age. Adults may assist the crew in advisory/educational roles only.

• Students can submit as many entries as they like but each must be submitted as a separate entry.

• The deadline to submit is 11:59pm Wednesday, July 15th.

Overall Rating
  • Ben Dreblow

    Well I was not able to attend I was very excited and honored to have HAVEN selected for screening at this festival. They were responsive and helpful in our email communications!

    January 2020
  • Tina Quarles

    The festival is a really good learning experience. I’ve attended the 2017 and 2018 festival, but I will say that the 2018 didn’t have as many awards as the 2017 one did. I wish there were awards specifically for animations, music videos, acting, lighting, editing, writing, etc. But it’s overall a good film fest.

    February 2019
  • I loved the whole film fest, it was fun. But judging for the CrewUp program was mess up. There was no actual out-of-state judge for those films.

    September 2018