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Indie Memphis winners announced, upcoming workshops listed

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The 18th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival wrapped up in Memphis this week and with it came a new set of winners. The week-long festival played host to hundreds of filmmakers and featured more than 120 films including 45 full feature films.

This year, the festival was hosted in downtown and midtown Memphis. 

Best Narrative Feature was awarded to “Funny Bunny” a comedy about a  troubled door-to-door activist. It was directed by Alizon Bagnall out of Philadelphia.

The Best Hometowner Feature award went to “The Keepers,” a long anticipated documentary with a behind-the-scenes look at zookeepers inside the Memphis Zoo. The Memphis based directors, Sara Kaye Larson and Joann Self Selvidge showcased the documentary to two sold out crowds over the weekend. 

Perhaps the hometowner category got the most attention during the festival. It’s devoted to Memphis-area filmmakers and gives them a chance to showcase their work. Suzannah Herbert’s “What’s Inside the Cage” won Best Documentary Short and Keith E. Curry Jr.’s “Nothing” won Best Narrative Short.

A special jury citation was also awarded to Hometowner documentary short “Viola: A Mother’s Story of Juvenile Justice,” by Selvidge and Sarah Fleming.

And, of course, audience participation was also encouraged. After each screening participants rated films for audience award. “Mobile Stripper” won Best Narrative Short, “Funny Bunny” won Best Narrative Feature, “Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows” won Best Documentary Feature, “The House is Innocent” won Best Documentary Short, “But for the Grace” won Best Hometown Feature, “Snow Day” won Best Hometown Narrative Short and “To Cross" won Best Hometown Documentary Short.

Organizers said this year’s festival was a huge success and they have already begun planning for next year. When they aren’t hosting the festival, organizers host “Shoot & Splice,” a monthly filmmaker forum.

For a complete list of upcoming events and workshops click here.

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