Not ready for Cannes, Sundance or Indie Memphis? There are first times for every filmmaker. The first time picking up a camera. The first time focusing on a subject. The first time conducting that interview. And, that first film festival submission.
And whether you’re an unknown filmmaker or arrive here with years of experience, this ‘mini’ festival is your platform to show your short nonfiction works. And in a region – Memphis, the Delta and the Mid-South – known worldwide for discovering and cultivating raw, unknown talents.
*NOTE OUR NEW DATES TO ALLOW MORE FILMMAKERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT THEIR FILMS
StoryBoard Shorts Doc Fest invites filmmakers, teens to retirees, from Memphis, the Mid-South, the Delta region and around the world whose talents have yet to be discovered to submit their short-short* documentaries – polished, rough, or works-in-progress – for a festival and competition to showcase their storytelling talents for industry insiders and on the big screen for live audiences.
*10 minutes or less
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Submission are now open
NEW Earlybird Deadline: December, 2023
NEW Regular Deadline: January, 2024
NEW Late Deadline: February, 2024
NEW Extended Deadline: February, 2024
Finalists will be announced early March, 2024
Final selections will be screened at Playhouse on the Square in Midtown, Memphis, Tennessee during a 2-Day Festival of screenings and panel discussions, April, 2024
Short documentary filmmakers from Memphis and beyond are invited to submit their short-short* documentaries (*10 minutes or less) that shine spotlights on local arts and culture, that support and enhance our knowledge and awareness of the Southern, regional, national and international community.
StoryBoard Memphis was built on the mission to support local arts and culture. This goal includes supporting local and regional arts and cultural organizations, exemplified in our work with, among others, historic A. Schwab Dry Goods on Beale Street, the Metal Museum, the Overton Park Shell, Literacy Mid-South, and our partnerships with Playhouse on the Square, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis Public Libraries, and our active efforts to encourage local unknown talent to submit their stories and receive professional feedback.
& LOCAL FESTIVALS
StoryBoard Short Doc Fest extends this support to local regional festivals like the Hot Springs Documentary Festival, the Oxford Film Festival, and of course our very own Indie Memphis. Our goal is to support these festivals by finding raw and unknown talent, provide budding filmmakers with an entry-level platform to submit their polished or rough works, and help them develop the confidence, practice and advice to submit their completed works to these larger festivals, as well as enroll in their supporting programs.
RAW TALENT, ROUGH CUTS
Memphis has always been known as a playground for cultivating & developing RAW, untapped and unknown TALENT, fostering the creative community, regardless of age, income or community, with platforms for ROUGH, in-progress works.
StoryBoard Shorts Doc Fest harnesses that tradition in a GRASSROOTS festival and competition OPEN TO ALL, designed to help BUDDING FILMMAKERS prepare their work, meet important industry contacts, and gather resources and support needed to show their work, finish their short films or submit them to larger festivals.
FESTIVAL ‘SOFT’ LAUNCH: