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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.


Call for entries: 2012 Music Video Showcase

The 7th Annual Live From Memphis MUSIC VIDEO SHOWCASE, supported by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, has announced its Call For Entries.

The organizer, Live From Memphis™, is presenting its 2012 showcase at The Warehouse in downtown Memphis from March 1-4. The event will include music video showcases, panel discussions, parties, an award show and more.

Music videos not exceeding 5 minutes in length will be accepted through January 31, 2012. For details on submission, go here

Videos from all over the world may be submitted.  Awards include a jury award for “Best Music Video,” an “Audience Choice” award and a “Best Local” award.  Each award receives a trophy and prize package. If you are a filmmaker, musician, or band with a music video – submit it now.

Since 2005, the Music Video Showcase has rocked the theaters with the best in Memphis music videos. In 2011, The Music Video Showcase expanded to include videos outside of Memphis and to be a multi-day event.

For more information about LFM’s Music Video Showcase and to submit your entry please go here, or call (901) 523-9763, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


26th Midsouth Regional Emmy© Award Nominations

Congratulations to all the Memphis and Shelby County individuals and organizations who received nominations for the 26th Midsouth Regional Emmy© Awards.

The Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced its Midsouth Regional Emmy© Award nominations on Friday, November 18

The gala awards ceremony will be Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

Here are the Memphis and Shelby County nominees:

Animation: Scott Mahr Animation Composite - WHBQ/Running Pony Productions

Arts: Memphis Composer - WHBQ

Business/Consumer Report: Andy Wise's Behind these Walls - WMC

Business/Consumer Report: Crooked Contractor Law - WREG

Business/Consumer Report: Electronic Pickpocketing - WREG

Commercial Campaign:  Memphis Tigers: Invest in the Helmet - Running Pony Productions/CS2

Commercial Spot:  Memphis Zoo: Press Paws - Running Pony Productions

Community Service:  Lights, Camera, Take Action - WHBQ

Continuing Coverage No Time Limit: Mid-South Tornadoes - WHBQ

Director/Short Form: FOX13 Promotion P.D.S. - WHBQ

Director/Short Form: Snuggie and Apple - WMC

Documentary/Topical:  Don't Make Me Start This Car! - The University of Memphis

Editor/Short Form: Patrick Stage Edit Composite: Memphis Grizzlies - Memphis Grizzlies

Editor/Short Form: Scott Mahr Editor Short Form Composite - WHBQ

Entertainment:  Behind the Scenes at the Emmys - WHBQ

General Assignment - No Time Limit: Fallen Officer - WHBQ

Graphic Arts: Scott Mahr Graphic Arts  Composite - WHBQ/Running Pony Productions

Historic/Cultural Program:   Stax: The History of Soul Music - WHBQ

Journalistic Enterprise: Scott Noll On Your Side - WREG

Light Feature News Report:   Angelo Lucchesi: 90 Proof - WHBQ

Newscast/Evening:   Action News 5 at 6pm - WMC

Photographer/News: D-Roll - WHBQ

Promo Spot/Image:  The Only One - WMC

Promo Spot/News:   Deadly Faith - WMC

Promo Spot/Sports:  Memphis Tigers: Hear Me Roar - Running Pony Productions

Serious Feature News Report: Living Miracle - WMC

Serious Feature News Report: Smithville Thanks America - WHBQ

Serious Feature News Series: Damien on Death Row - WHBQ

Special Event Coverage/Edited: Home For The Holidays - WHBQ

Specialty Assignment Report:       Mid-South's Most Wanted Series - WHBQ

Sports Segment: Grizzly Family - WHBQ

Technical Achievement:  Home For The Holidays - WHBQ

Video Journalist: Airbrushed - WHBQ

Video Journalist:  This Is What Is Floating Down The Mississppi - WHBQ

Writer/News: Les Smith Writing Composite - WHBQ

Writer/Short Form: Jenny Smith Composite - WMC

Founded in 1957, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), best known for the internationally recognized Emmy Award, is a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to improving the quality of television at all levels. NATAS strives to raise industry standards, encourages those new to the profession, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on industry problems and concerns.

The Nashville/Midsouth Region, founded in 1984, encompasses the States of North Carolina (except Asheville) and Tennessee, and the television market of Huntsville, Alabama.


MCA-I Media Festival entries sought

Do you have a Golden Reel on your shelf? If not, enter today to become part of a special group of media communications professionals who have taken home a Golden, Silver or Bronze Reel in the MCA-I Media Festival.

Entry Deadline is November 30, 2011 - so you still have plenty of time to enter! Online Entry Form ready to accept your entry today.

Info is here:

Judging takes place during December and January. Entries are evaluated on message development, creative treatment and various technical aspects by experience industry professionals.

A respected tradition of the MCA-I media festival is that every entry is judged on its own merit. Any category may have multiple Golden Reel winners. Something else that sets the MCA-I Media Festival apart is our tradition of passing on the judges' comments to the entrant.

If you are interested in hosting a judging panel for this year’s competition, please contact MCA-I President Gary Shifflet ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 248-302-3904) or Executive Director Lois Weiland ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 888-899-6224).

Go to for the entry form and details on eligible programs and categories.

The Media Festival Awards Dinner is Saturday April 14, 2012 in Las Vegas just before NAB. The hotel is the RIO All Suite Hotel & Casino -

Stay over Sunday for an MCA-I Golf Outing at Rio Secco - And then head to the exhibit hall with your NAB pass courtesy of Grass Valley (65 passes are available for those attending the Media Festival Awards Dinner on Saturday).

Enter the 43rd Annual MCA-I Media Festival today! Here's the form:


Commission winners at Indie Memphis

The Indie Memphis Film Festival concluded this weekend featuring some great films and with important contributions from the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

To recognize films made in Shelby County, the Commission provided a $1,000 prize for the Best Hometowner Feature Award to "This Is What Love in Action Looks Like" by Morgan Jon Fox, and another $1,000 award for Best Hometowner Short to Ryan Parker and G.B. Shannon's "Fresh Skweezed."

The Commission also presented a check to the producers of "Losers Take All" Saturday night. The film, a client project of the Commission, is also a participant in The Memphis & Shelby County Film Commission/MemphisED Production Training Program. The innovative program, created by Film Commissioner Linn Sitler, offers a refund of local wages to the production company in exchange for on-the-job training of local crew.

For more information on Indie Memphis and the awards, see the story in the Memphis Flyer here, and in The Commercial Appeal here.

Pictured from left are Commission Board Chairman Jimmy Tashie who presented the wage refund check Saturday night, "LTA" producer/writer Winn Coslick, Commissioner Linn Sitler, "LTA" producer/writer Andrew Pope and "LTA" producer Mike S. Ryan.


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