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Grizzlies and Indie Memphis announce ‘Indie GrizzGrants’

Organizations to award $15,000 in grants for short film productions

The Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis will join forces to award five cash grants of $3,000 each for short films to be produced about the female Grizzlies fan experience, with the five winning films to premiere at the 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival. The initiative is designed to assist filmmakers in getting their short film from the page, into production and onto the screen.

Filmmakers from around the world are eligible to enter by the November 20 application deadline and will be notified of the results on December 16. Projects will be evaluated on their creativity, artistic merit, innovative storytelling and visual ingenuity. Finalists will be chosen by staff of the Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis. A three-member jury including accomplished film and media experts Craig Brewer, Rachel Smith and Pat Mitchell Worley, will then decide the winners (Complete bios below). The winning candidates will also be considered for production of digital content for Grizzlies’ social media and arena promotions.

To be considered, candidates must submit the following:

  • Previous work: one film, clip or reel no longer than 10 minutes
  • Title, logline, synopsis
  • Brief budget summary
  • Personal statement of why your project should be awarded

You can find a complete summary of guidelines for submissions at the bottom of this page. Filmmakers can go to IndieMemphis.com to submit their application.

The concept for Indie GrizzGrants emerged from the showing of filmmaker Suzannah Herbert's award winning short film "What's Inside the Cage” at the 2015 Indie Memphis Film Festival, which features young dancers aspiring to be Grizz Girls.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies by purchasing 2016-17 Season Tickets, 12- and 22-Game Packs can do so now by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online to grizzlies.com. For more information on the Grizzlies, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@memgrizz).


Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and on-going efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film. For additional information, or for details about membership, visit www.indiememphis.com or call (901) 214-5171. 

Guidelines for submissions

  • Any genre of filmmaking (narrative, documentary, animation, etc) is acceptable to submit
  • Suggested length of films is approximately 5 minutes (no longer than 10 minutes)
  • Productions may be filmed in any location
  • Winners provided $2,000 for production
  • Winners required to submit a rough cut by June 15, 2017
  • Winners provided additional $1,000 after rough cut approval
  • Winners required to submit final cut by September 1, 2017
  • Winners required to submit 90-second (max length) teaser by September 1, 2017
  • Project must credit the Memphis Grizzlies & Indie Memphis in the main credit sequence
  • Only one submission is allowed per filmmaker
  • If you are submitting as a team, there can only be one individual's name listed as primary applicant to receive grant funding
  • Prizes will be awarded by the Memphis Grizzlies (courtside seats? Season tickets? Playoff tickets?)
  • Grant recipients will not be granted exceptional access to FedExForum on game nights but may request media credentials for up to two people (one shooter/one producer) to one home game and must follow all general restrictions therein.  Requests for credentials to additional games will be considered on a case by case basis.


  • Are there any limitations on how grant funds can be spent?
    GrizzGrant funds need to be spent on production expenses. The details are up to you.
  • May I spend additional funding beyond the $3,000 grant to complete my film?
    Absolutely, but only if you have those funds at your disposal, once you are awarded the grant you must meet the deadline requirements.

Jury Bios

Craig Brewer

Craig Brewer studied playwriting at the American Conservatory Theatre in San
Francisco. His first feature film, THE POOR AND HUNGRY, won Best Digital Feature
at the Hollywood Film Festival and was acquired by the Independent Film Channel.

Brewer’s second film, HUSTLE & FLOW, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film
Festival, winning the Audience Award for Best Feature. The film went on to secure a
record-breaking acquisition deal by Paramount Pictures and MTV Films, garner an
Academy Award nomination for lead actor Terrence Howard, and win the Academy
Award for best original song, Three 6 Mafia’s It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp.

Brewer’s third film, BLACK SNAKE MOAN, starred Samuel L. Jackson and Christina
Ricci. Driven by a classic and contemporary Blues soundtrack, BLACK SNAKE MOAN
is a Southern gothic tale featuring the Brewer hallmarks of sex, sin and redemption.
The film premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was released by
Paramount Vantage in February of the same year.

In 2008 Brewer launched $5 COVER, an online music drama series for MTV
dedicated to the Memphis music scene. The series followed a cast of young
musicians as they fought for love, inspiration, and money to pay the rent.

In 2011 Brewer adapted and directed the remake of the Paramount Pictures’ classic,
FOOTLOOSE. The film introduced Kenny Wormald as Ren MacCormack and Julianne
Hough as Ariel Moore. Screen veterans Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell also
starred in the film.

In 2012 Brewer produced Paramount Pictures’ concert documentary KATY PERRY:
PART OF ME, which was released July of 2012.

In 2015 Brewer developed and shot a drama pilot, URBAN COWBOY, for Fox. An
updated, reimagination of the 1980 film, heavily featuring music with a Latin twist,
the project is about family legacies, starting over, finding true love and the American

Craig also helmed two episodes of “Empire,” reuniting him with “Hustle & Flow”
stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Brewer is currently developing multiple feature projects, along with developing television projects for Paramount Pictures.

When not in production, Brewer lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his family.

Rachel Smith

After graduating from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2006 where she majored in Media Studies & Production and minored in English, Rachel got her career start working in advertising for BBDO in New York working on campaigns for M&M’s, Snickers, and Campbell’s Soup. During her time at BBDO, Rachel’s older sister Molly was producing her first film, P.S. I LOVE YOU, which was based on a book she had given her during her senior year of college at UNC. Following her passion for books and films, Rachel decided to leave the advertising world to go work for Molly and her partner Hilary Swank as an assistant at their company 2S FILMS. After her time at 2S, Rachel decided to broaden her professional experience and ventured into the physical production side working on the set of two feature films, FOUR CHRISTMASES and SALT.

When Molly and her two business partners, Trent and Thad Luckinbill, decided to form Black Label Media, Rachel went back to her original love of creative development and now works as a development executive and director of the company’s small writers lab in which writers work closely with her to develop original material exclusively for Black Label. Recent Black Label Media productions include LA LA LAND and SICARIO.

Pat Mitchell Worley

Pat Mitchell Worley hosts the globally-syndicated, roots radio program Beale Street Caravan. The weekly show reaches over three million listeners weekly with its Memphis themed roots music format. Mitchell Worley currently runs FanfareCR, a community relations company working with culture centered non-profits and businesses. She is a publicity and public programs veteran with more than 20 years experience in the arts and music non-profit sector through organizations such as The Blues Foundation and Memphis in May International Festival. She is a recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards and Memphis Music Emissary Award plus recognized by the Billboard Women in Music Awards. Her client list includes the Beale Street Merchants Association and Memphis Slim House.

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