CA: Indie Memphis launches ‘Youth Film Fest’ for student filmmakers

CA: Indie Memphis launches ‘Youth Film Fest’ for student filmmakers

Student filmmakers in grades 7-12 (including graduates of the Class of 2016) are invited to submit work to Indie Memphis for the organization’s first “Youth Film Fest,” a daylong event of screenings, workshops and more that is scheduled to be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main.

Film and video submissons of all types — including fiction, documentary, animation, music videos and experimental work — are welcome, and may be shot with any type of camera or device, including phones and iPads. Films can be of any length, but films under 10 minutes in length are preferred.

Selected films with compete for awards, $1000 in cash and the opportunity to be screened during the 19th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, set for Nov. 1-7.

Indie Memphis executive director Ryan Watt said he wants this to be a “big” event that will attract large numbers of budding filmmakers from Memphis and the Mid-South.

To that end, the Youth Film Fest is being made possible by a $10,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and its Give365 initiative.

Watt said filmmakers whose work is accepted will participate in seminars and workshops with such local artists as director Craig Brewer (co-scripter of the current “The Legend of Tarzan”). “This is a great way for our alumni filmmakers to educate and mentor future Memphis storytellers,” Watt said.

Also participating will be Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, who as kids between the ages of 12 and 17 in 1980s Mississippi created a shot-for-shot no-budget remake of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” that became a word-of-mouth underground cult classic. (The remake is the focus of “Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made,” a feature documentary that screened at last year’s Indie Memphis festival and currently is in national theatrical distribution.)

The submission deadline is midnight, Aug. 21. (A full schedule of “Youth Film Fest” events will be released about that time.)

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CA: Indie Memphis launches ‘Youth Film Fest’ for student filmmakers


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