Amazon Studios, the film/TV production and distribution arm of Amazon.com 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."