The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019

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Indie Memphis Film Festival 

October 30-November 4, 2019 / Memphis, Tennessee / indiememphis.com

Under Miriam Bale—“an Artistic Director with impeccable, diverse taste and a major industry force,” says a panelist—the IMFF has mushroomed into a must-attend happening, owing to its culturally-attuned events like the Black Creators Forum, a two-day symposium of workshops and talks by notable black moviemakers and critics, and for its in-person conversations with moviemakers like 2018 guests Amy Seimetz and Chris Elliott. Attendees are invited to gorge on indie features, documentaries and shorts (over 275 films were screened in 2018, to record attendance) and save energy for the weekend portion, centering on a block party in Midtown with world-class BBQ, fried chicken, and live music. (IMFF is one of a few festivals to offer live music before every screening.) Adds one panelist: “Cool panels on timely matters, an all-around good vibe, and intelligent programming: This festival feels very thoughtful, well-conceived, and loved. Indie Memphis always takes risks, often takes chances on retrospectives, and gets crowds to the films.”

Sorry to Bother You writer-director Boots Riley delivers a keynote speech at Indie Memphis Film Festival 2018. Photograph by Andrea Morales

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1 Comment

  1. Maria Santagati

    August 1, 2019 at 5:28 am

    The Artis Center in Naples, Fl is really extraordinary. It’s the hub of performing arts, music, and film in Southwest Florida. It’s the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Symphony all in one – with art and entertainment for all ages. One of the things that impressed me most was the cultural campus for children, with programs for art and music in the form of summer camps, infusing art and music (and the importance of it) at a young age.

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