Delayed for a year due to the pandemic, the Memphis Film Prize – the small festival with the big reward – returns to Malco Studio on the Square this weekend.
Ten short films compete for the cash prize of $ 5,000 which makes the Memphis Film Prize and its parent festival, the Louisiana Film Prize, particularly lucrative events for winning filmmakers.
Chosen from dozens of entries, the 10 finalists for the Memphis Film Prize will be screened several times a day on two screens, Friday and Saturday, at the Studio. Entrants rank the films and the winning filmmaker (s) will be announced on Sunday, based on a combination of scores from the audience and a jury.
Organized in Louisiana in 2012 and then essentially âfranchisedâ in Memphis, the Prix du Film aims to encourage local film production and demonstrate the economic impact of cinema.
Typically, filmmakers who sign up for the festival have about six months to create a film made entirely in Memphis and Shelby County that is 5 to 15 minutes long. Judges limit films to 10 finalists, which are then screened during the Film Prize festival.
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COVID-19, however, has overturned the Film Prize rules for a loop. Some filmmakers were already immersed in their 2020 films when last year’s festival was canceled. As a result, this year’s competition includes films produced in 2020 as well as 2021.
Additionally, organizers have decided to expand eligible filming locations to anywhere in Tennessee, so filmmakers outside of Shelby County don’t have to travel here and possibly get in touch with more people at risk.
Festival screenings take place at 2 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. and at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets range from $ 30 for general admission to $ 150 for a “VIP” pass with access to food and drink in the “VIP lounge”, and so on. The screenings will be “COVID-compliant”: participants must wear masks, and only half of the seats in each auditorium will be available.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit memphisfilmprize.com.
Indie Memphis Film Festival goes on sale
Passes are now on sale for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which plans to return to a host of venues in Midtown and beyond, including Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Crosstown Theater, Summer Quartet Drive- In and the Malco Studio on the square – for its schedule from October 20 to 25.
Presented by Duncan Williams Asset Management, the 24th Indie Memphis Festival should be as “normal” as possible, according to organizers – if “normal” can be applied to an event that regularly champions work that seeks to challenge and expand traditional modes of cinematographic expression, representation and method.
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Last year, due to the pandemic, Indie Memphis canceled the public indoor gatherings that were the basis of the festival and presented its screenings, panels and filmmaker talks as online and outdoor events. The online / outdoor component will continue, but most films are expected to be shown in traditional venues but with fewer seats available, due to social distancing protocols. This means the films may sell out faster than in the past, organizers say.
Indie Memphis will announce its program of films and events at a public “preview party” on September 14. Single ticket purchases for screenings and individual events will be available on September 21.
Different types of pass are available. To purchase a pass or for more information, visit indiememphis.org/21-festival-passes.
Meanwhile, Indie Memphis returns to public screenings next week with Annie Berman’s âThe Faithful: The King, the Pope, the Princess,â a new documentary that examines the concepts of fandom, memories and legacy through Elvis contexts. , Pope John Paul II and Princess Diana. The movie premieres at 7 p.m. on August 14 at the Crosstown Theater and admission is $ 10. “The Faithful” will be the first film to be presented by Indie Memphis in an indoor theater since the restored version of “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman” from 1946 was screened at the Ridgeway Cinema Grill on March 11, 2020.