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Welcome to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission

Greetings and welcome to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission’s new web site!  Brimming with new features and up-to-date information, we invite you to come in and look around to get a peek at what Memphis & Shelby County have to offer film productions of all sizes.  Take a minute to browse our location library in Reel-Scout, check out our diverse production guide, or get a taste of productions that have shot here and utilized our crew base over at Film Memphis TV!  

Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sarah Fleming, and the crew over at SE2M for their outstanding hard work in making this web site possible. Thanks also to content editor Jon W. Sparks.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, like other publicly-funded film commissions in the U.S.A., works only with funded productions and does not assist producers in securing funding for projects.

The Film Commission's Website makes available hiring/casting information from third parties. This information is to be used as general information only. Although such information is believed to be generally reliable, the posting of the information on the commission website does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or solicitation from the Commission. Nor does the Posting imply any assurance regarding the accuracy of the information, the funding of the project, the completion of the project, or the payment to crew/vendors/cast.


Schedule for On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Fest

Here is the schedule for the 2016 On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Fest that runs Aug. 11-14. Screenings are at Malco's Studio on the Square and locations of other events are noting in the listing. Click here for the On Location website and additional information. Full festival passes are available here. You can also purchase individual tickets by clicking the links below. The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is a sponsor of the festival.

Thursday, August  11
Hard Rock Cafe Memphis (126 Beale St., Memphis, TN 38103)

7:00 p.m. – Mix and Mingle Preview Party

Friday, August 12
Malco Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave., Memphis, TN 38104)

12:00 p.m. – Documentary Shorts

12:00 p.m. – Industry Discussion / Lifestyle Marketing and Promoting Film

2:00 p.m. –  Year by the Sea (Feature)

4:00 p.m –  Killing Poe (Feature)

6:00 p.m. Nil Battey Sannata “The New Classmate” (Feature)

8:00 p.m. The Wizard of Beale Street (Documentary)

9:30 p.m. – Accidental Courtesy (Documentary)

Art Village Gallery (410 S Main St,, Memphis, TN 38103)

7:00 p.m. – The Reel Art Exhibit Featuring Artist Sir Walt, Artist Marino and the 2016 OL:M Shorts Festival Winners

Saturday, August 13
Malco Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave., Memphis, TN 38104)

11:00 a.m. – Women of STAX – Soul Sistahs (Documentary) FREE SCREENING

12:00 p.m. Industry Discussion / TN Women in Film and Media

12:15 p.m. – Restored Me (Feature)

3:00 p.m. – Animation Shorts

3:30 p.m. – Industry Discussion / Faith and Hollywood

4:00 p.m. – Nighthawks on the Blue Highway (Documentary)

6:00 p.m. – Red Carpet Event with Robert Townsend and Leon Robinson

7:00 p.m. The Five Heartbeats (Feature)

10:00 p.m. – Cut to the Chase (Feature)

Sunday, August 14
The Atrium (2105 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104)

10:30 a.m. – Awards Brunch


On Location: Memphis Film & Music Fest Aug. 11-14

The 17th On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest runs from Aug. 11-14 with a robust variety of about two dozen films along with discussion panels.

Read John Beifuss’ story in The Commercial Appeal where he talks about the lineup, which includes a 25th anniversary presentation of writer-director-star Robert Townsend's "The Five Heartbeats," a drama about a Motown-style vocal group in the 1960s.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is a sponsor of the festival that takes place primarily at Malco's Studio on the Square.

The On Location website is here.


Advisory Board meeting date change: Now Aug. 17

Due to scheduling difficulties, the July Advisory Board Meeting has been postponed to Wednesday, August 17th, 2016. As usual, the meeting will take place at  Malco's Studio on the Square, beginning at noon. This meeting is open to not only all official liaisons, but also to the public. If you would like a relevant item considered for placement on the official meeting agenda, please email Linn Sitler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the end of the business day, Friday, August 12,  2016. Your item will be considered for inclusion and you will be notified of the outcome. Thanks so much for your interest!


Amazon Studios a Marquee Sponsor of Indie Memphis

Amazon Studios, the film/TV production and distribution arm of Inc. has signed on as a Marquee Sponsor for the 19th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival.

"Amazon Studios supports visionary auteurs and emerging filmmakers, an ideal representation of what we seek to showcase onscreen and build in our local film community,” says Indie Memphis executive director Ryan Watt.

The festival is presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., and taking place November 1-7, 2016, expanding to six screening venues throughout the city after receiving record attendance last year.

Amazon Studios has established itself as the leading content provider of independent films, creating original content and acquiring new releases by celebrated filmmakers. Their distribution model emphasizes the best of both worlds, as feature films receive wide theatrical distribution before they release for online streaming and download.

"A high-profile sponsor can be a magnet for other sponsors, new audience attendees and traveling filmmakers," Watt was quoted as saying in the Memphis Business Journal. "Our sponsors take the festival experience to a different level, something you can’t get at home in your living room. We premiere more than 130 films that have never been seen in Memphis, with live music in the theater before every screening, Q&As and panels with traveling filmmakers, plus parties and receptions with food, drinks and music. The access and engagement between our film participants and audiences is what makes the festival really exciting."


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