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Grants and In-Kind Services to Tennessee, Mississippi,
and Arkansas Filmmakers for a Short Film Production

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Indie Memphis

Deadline Date:

08/12/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of $5,000 and in-kind services valued at up to $8,000 to Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas filmmakers in eligible counties for film production. Funding is available for production expenses for both documentary and narrative short film projects. Filming must take place in the Memphis area and its surrounding counties, specifically: Shelby, Tipton, and Fayette in Tennessee; Crittenden and Mississippi in Arkansas; DeSoto and Marshall in Mississippi.

Filmmakers may premiere the film anywhere outside of Memphis, but the regional premiere within the seven counties must be coordinated with an Indie Memphis event (festival or otherwise) within 1-year of first public screening.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186216

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

One Documentary IndieGrant and two Narrative IndieGrants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Three $13,000 production grants ($5,000 Cash + $8,000 in-kind rentals and services) are available.

Firefly Grip & Electric is donating $2,500 per grant of cash-equivalent, no-strings-attached rentals of their lighting and grip equipment to be used exclusively for the three winning short film productions. Standard insurance and rental agreement required. is donating $1,500 per grant of in-kind rentals for lens and camera gear to be used exclusively for the three winning short film productions.

Music+Arts Studio is donating $1,000 per grant in-kind for post-production sound mix to be used exclusively for the three winning short film productions.

VIA Productions is providing a full coverage insurance package worth at least $2,500 to be used exclusively for the three winning short film productions.

Up to $500 in film festival submission waivers and discounts.

Term of Contract:

Principal photography must be completed by the end of December 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Filmmakers living in Shelby County (Tennessee), DeSoto County (Mississippi), Crittenden County (Arkansas), Tipton County (Tennessee), Fayette County (Tennessee), Marshall County (Mississippi), and Mississippi County (Arkansas) who did not win an IndieGrant in the previous year may apply.

All production must take place in Shelby, DeSoto, Crittenden, Tipton, Fayette, Marshall, and/or Mississippi counties.

Animation and experimental projects are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates:
- Monday, Aug. 12th, 2019: Application deadline. All materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM.
- Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 2019: Top finalists for both Narrative & Documentary grants will be notified.
- Sunday, Oct. 13th, 2019: Final scripts or additional materials due from finalists by 11:59 PM.
- Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 2019: Grants awarded at the Indie Memphis Film Festival awards ceremony at Circuit Playhouse.

Please submit both the online form and budget by email by 11:59 PM on August 12th, 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.

The finalists in both the Narrative & Documentary grants will be notified at the end of September.

Narrative finalists will then be required to submit a script (12 pages or under) for their proposed film. Documentary finalists will be asked to provide additional materials to be determined by the jury.

All IndieGrant Finalists will be invited to attend the Industry Speed Meetings at the 2019 Indie Memphis Film Festival.

The three winners will be announced at the Festival Award Show on Saturday, Nov. 2nd.

One submission per filmmaker per grant (narrative and doc) will be accepted. If you are submitting as a team, there can only be one individual's name listed as the primary applicant.

Narrative Indiegrant Sample Form:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Documentary IndieGrant application form:
Narrative IndieGrant application form:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Arkansas: Crittenden and Mississippi Counties;   Mississippi: DeSoto and Marshall Counties;   Tennessee: Shelby, Tipton, and Fayette Counties