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Pop some popcorn and get ready because Indie Memphis Film Fest is back!

From October 20th-25th, viewers can participate in in-person or virtual screenings to still be able to experience and celebrate independent filmmaking.
Credit: Indie Memphis Film Festival

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The 24th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is back and will have both virtual and in-person screenings and panels like from 2020. 

It will highlight BIPOC and female filmmakers; plus, the festival will feature some premieres including Andrew Infante's Ferny and Luca.

The opening night's film will be Red Rocket directed by Sean Baker, the centerpiece presentation will be Drive My Car directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, and closing night will feature Spencer directed by Pablo Larraín.

There will also be live music in the theaters before every screening.

"We're really pleased with the outdoors and online format that we were able to have last year, so we definitely wanted to carry that forward and still have the virtual elements this year, because we were able to engage people beyond Memphis,” said Knox Shelton, Executive Director of Indie Memphis. “But then also wanted to make sure that we could get back together to our independent film community here in Memphis with some in-person screening option, so that we can celebrate independent film together."

The 2021 Indie Memphis Film Festival starts October 20th and runs through the 25th. 

Just like in 2020, the festival will have both virtual and in-person options, but the COVID policies for the in-person screenings have changed:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccine is required for all staff, volunteers, contractors, and attendees. DO NOT FORGET YOUR VACCINATION CARD. There will be no exceptions for forgotten proof of vaccination. 

  • Masks are required at all times indoors.

For all details on the COVID-19 policies for this year's festival, click HERE.