Indie Memphis Film Festival Set for November; Entry Deadlines and Fees Set

'God of Love' director gets love: Matheny, Gyllenhaal, Adams

Traditionally an October event, the Indie Memphis Film Festival this year will be held Nov. 3-6. (You'll find out what the fuzzy-haired guy with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams in the picture above has to do with anything of this after the jump.)

The festival -- which last year reduced itself from eight days to four -- returns to the Malco Studio on the Square, the new Playhouse on the Square and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Despite the shorter schedule, the 2010 festival drew a record crowd of about 7,800 attendees, according to Erik Jambor, Indie Memphis executive director.

Among the 100-plus films that screened during last year's 13th annual fest was Luke Matheny's "God of Love," which Sunday won the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short. (See Matheny -- who later lamented "I should've got a haircut" -- receiving his Oscar, above, from presenters Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.) Matheny is a possible returnee for this year's festival.

Other highlights included a "10th anniversary premiere" of a remastered version of Craig Brewer's microbudgeted debut feature, "The Poor & Hungry"; an outdoor screening of Jim Jarmusch's made-in-Memphis classic, "Mystery Train," at the Levitt Shell; the Memphis debut of local filmmaker Kentucker Audley's acclaimed feature "Open Five"; and the premiere of David Evans' "The Grace Card," which opened nationwide Friday.

Jambor said the somewhat later festival start date -- the 2010 fest ran from Oct. 21-24 -- would make the festival more accessible because the early November calendar is less crowded with school "fall break" scheduling, Halloween parties and other events taking advantage of what sometimes seems to be the last "nice weather" weekend of the year.

Submission deadlines for this year's festival range from April 1 (the "earlybird deadline") to June 1 (the "late deadline"); the later the entry, the higher the submission fee. Full information on deadlines and fees will appear today on the Indie Memphis website.

Friday, a downloadable PDF entry form appears on the Indie Memphis website, along with information about submitting via

Narrative features this year will compete for what Indie Memphis describes as "$25,000 in color grading and finishing services from Nice Shoes in New York City, plus a round-trip flight to New York."

Judges scheduled for the 14th annual festival include producer Scott Mosier (a longtime Kevin Smith associate, from "Clerks" to "Zack and Miri Make a Porno"); screenwriter Larry Karaszewski ("Ed Wood"); producer Peter Gilbert ("Hoop Dreams," "At the Death House Door"); Emerging Pictures co-founder Ira Deutchman; and Gill Holland ("Loggerheads").

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