Only a couple weeks left before the deadline submission for the Indie Memphis Film Festival. On Wednesday, Eric Jambor, executive director of IMFF, encouraged local filmmakers to get their works in and pointed out that Memphis directors can waive the entry fee on their first submission.
Submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2007 and may not be publicly exhibited (including being on TV) in Shelby County, Tennessee prior to the 2008 festival dates (excluding other Indie Memphis screenings). Films previously submitted to Indie Memphis will not be reconsidered.
Jambor said a limited screening not open to the public -- just for cast and crew, for example -- would not affect eligibility. The idea is that the film will have its premiere at Indie Memphis.
A film that has been screened for the public may be submitted if it has been substantially changed. "It would have to be a different work if re-edited," Jambor said, where the changes go beyond minor edits and tweaks.
Films will be categorized in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of Indie Memphis. Films with theatrical distribution may not qualify for juried competition, but would still be eligible for audience awards. Instructional films, industrials and promotional videos are generally not appropriate for submission.
Submissions will be notified of their selection status on or around Sept. 8, 2008.