Contest encourages Memphians to create and submit a short film about their city
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The deadline for the “Memphis Rocks” video contest, which gives Memphians the chance to have their work screened at the On Location: MEMPHIS International Film and Music Festival, has been extended to April 22 at noon.
Memphians now have additional time to create videos that show the reasons why they think Memphis is a great city. Winning videos will be shown at the 14th Annual Memphis International Film and Music Festival, April 25-28. The video contest is part of the new “Memphis Rocks” category at the On Location: MEMPHIS International Film and Music Festival and is part of a partnership with the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club.
In addition to the extended deadline, the $25 entry fee for the Memphis Rocks category has been waived through a sponsorship by the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club and Lipscomb Pitts Insurance.
“Individuals, non-profits and companies who want to tell their Memphis stories can now submit their short film for free,” said Jeremy Park, director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club. “This is a great way for all of us to have fun, be a part of the festival and show our pride for the city.”
To enter the contest, entrants can either upload their video to YouTube and email a link to Park at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a DVD to him at 2670 Union Ave Ext, Ste 100, Memphis, TN 38112. Links to videos must be emailed by noon April 22 and DVDs must be received by then, as well. Videos no longer have to be submitted through the film festival’s website. After receiving the link, each video will be reviewed and linked or uploaded to the club’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/lpbreakfastclubtv. The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club reserves the right to link or not link to individual videos.
Memphis Rocks entrants are welcome to submit an entry fee if they would like to contribute to the Memphis Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial. The optional entry fee will be donated to the project that honors the 62 MPD officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and the family and friends they left behind.
“The ‘Memphis Rocks’ category is an outgrowth of the civic pride campaign that’s designed to give back and support the Memphis Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial,” said Park. “The overall ‘Memphis Rocks’ campaign has a mission of promoting all the positives of Memphis, and we’re looking forward to viewing the films and different perspectives on what makes our city so special.”
Entries may spotlight an individual’s story or perspective, church, school, organization, work in the community or any other localized story he or she would like to tell through film. Submissions must be five minutes or less in length. There are four subcategories that may be entered, so that multiple winners can be selected: individuals, schools, non-profits and corporations. After all submissions are collected, they will be uploaded to the “Memphis Rocks” YouTube channel, where viewers can watch and vote for their favorite. The short film that receives the most online votes will win the “Viewer’s Choice” award.
“‘Memphis Rocks’ is a fun way for our city to come together, show our pride, promote all of our positives and say thanks to those who support our freedoms,” said Lisa Bobal, president of On Location: MEMPHIS. “This new film festival category will open the floodgates for more Memphians to tell their positive stories.”
More information about the new film category is detailed on the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club YouTube channel. The On Location: MEMPHIS International Film and Music Festival screens feature films, documentaries, live action shorts and music videos and includes workshops and seminars. Writers, actors, directors, producers and investors from the U.S. and around the world attend the festival each year.