Memphis Film Prize 2019 Announces Ten Filmmakers and their Films competing for the $10,000 Grand Prize in August


The 10 film finalists for the 4th annual Memphis Film Prize (August 2-4) was announced yesterday at Puck Food Hall (409 S. Main St.). The Film Prize’s top award of $10,000 cash – judged by both audience members and a group of judges comprised of filmmakers, film critics and journalists, will be awarded to a filmmaker following 3 days of screenings, filmmaker panels, and events in Memphis.

“There are a number of amazing stories behind the scenes that go along with these projects – all shot in Memphis and Shelby County,” said David Merrill, the Memphis filmmaker liaison. “That said, with the passion and power of these amazing films, we know this is going to be the best Memphis Film Prize Festival we’ve ever had.”

The ten finalists will play at the Memphis Film Prize Fest, Friday and Saturday, August 2-3 at the Malco Theater in Overton Square. The ten shorts will play throughout the two days of the festival, and a combination of judges and the audience help determine the Grand Prize winner.

Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of the Film Prize Foundation, said, “This has been a banner year for the Memphis Film Prize! We shattered our film submission record, and we are looking forward to our strongest festival lineup ever. We are so proud of what this filmmaking community has produced for the Film Prize.”

The 10 films (and filmmakers) that will compete for the $10,000 Grand Prize include; Kevin Brooks’ A NIGHT OUT; Jason S. Lockridge’s CHECKLIST; Clint Till’s HANGRY; Garrett Atkinson’s INTERVIEW WITH A DEAD MAN; Glenn Noah’s LIFE AFTER DEATH; Will Robbins’ MEA CULPA; Arnold Edwards II’s PAGES;, Kyle Taubken’s SOUL MAN; Robb Rokk’s TRUTH LIES UPSTREAM; and Lauren Cox’s WITHOUT A ROOF.

The Memphis Film Prize (, combines elements of a film competition and festival, inviting filmmakers from all over the world to create and present a 5-15 minute short film with just one rule – it must be shot in Shelby County, TN. Filmmakers shot their films beginning in February and submitted them in June, when a rough cut of the films were due to contest organizers.

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Director: Kevin Brooks
Running Time: 12:30 min
A woman goes for a night out following a difficult breakup.

Director: Jason S. Lockridge
Running Time: 14:58 min
Two men go on a drive during which one of them is dead set on completing a series of bizarre tasks.

Director: Clint Till
Running Time: 7:35 min
The mediocre retirement home food is not satisfying for a very hungry Reverend.

Director: Garrett Atkinson
Running Time: 11:33 min
A convicted murderer is interviewed one last time before his execution.

Director: Glenn Noah
Running Time: 14:41 min
It becomes apparent that not all dead people are actually dead.

Director: Will Robbins
Running Time: 9:25 min
In a world where the decedents of slave-owners have to pay more than money for reparations, a friendship is torn.

Director: Arnold Edwards II
Running Time: 13:57 min
Two suicidal people find company with one another.

Director: Kyle Taubken
Running Time: 12:56 min
A formerly successful soul artist struggles to find work while seeing some familiar faces.

Director: Robb Rokk
Running Time: 15:06 min
Two men search for justice through a brutal interrogation.

Director: Lauren Cox
Running Time: 6:48 min
A pregnant woman resorts to living on the streets in order to escape an abusive household.

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