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Welcome to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission

Greetings and welcome to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission’s new web site!  Brimming with new features and up-to-date information, we invite you to come in and look around to get a peek at what Memphis & Shelby County have to offer film productions of all sizes.  Take a minute to browse our location library in Reel-Scout, check out our diverse production guide, or get a taste of productions that have shot here and utilized our crew base over at Film Memphis TV!  

Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sarah Fleming, and the crew over at SE2M for their outstanding hard work in making this web site possible. Thanks also to content editor Jon W. Sparks.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, like other publicly-funded film commissions in the U.S.A., works only with funded productions and does not assist producers in securing funding for projects.

The Film Commission's Website makes available hiring/casting information from third parties. This information is to be used as general information only. Although such information is believed to be generally reliable, the posting of the information on the commission website does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or solicitation from the Commission. Nor does the Posting imply any assurance regarding the accuracy of the information, the funding of the project, the completion of the project, or the payment to crew/vendors/cast.


Memphis GoPro FilmFest Oct. 2

There will be a screening of four short films submitted by Memphis finalists of the GoPro FilmFest Competition. The event is at the FedEx Institute of Technology is Friday, Oct. 2, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and screening at 6 p.m.

Winner will receive GoPro Hero4 Black and $500. Runners-up will receive a GoPro Hero4 Silver.

The finalists are: “Skate is Life” by Kevin Brooks, “The Summer Experience” by Sam Chapman, “Ocean Front Dream” by Nicole Robbins and “Brazil 2015” by Hannah Williams.

The primary focus in this contest is on the use of the technology, GoPro Cameras, to achieve something innovative, exciting and which exhibits the technical possibility of the equipment.

The rules were that films could be no longer than 10 minutes, should incorporate original GoPro footage and the subject matter should embrace innovative film techniques, creative approaches, and original subject matter.

The event, at FedEx Institute of Technology at The University of Memphis, 365 Innovation Drive, is free.

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Partner organizations are Indie Memphis and Fuel Film Memphis.


Board meeting Wednesday, Sept. 16

The next Board Meeting of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is at noon on Wednesday, September 16th, at Malco's Studio on the Square, 2105 Court Ave. in Overton Square. Attendees who are not Board members who wish to be included on the meeting's agenda can submit for consideration individual requests and topics prior to the meeting date. Please email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Memphis-made 'Free in Deed' wins award, praise at Venice Film Festival

The made-in-Memphis film “Free in Deed” won the Best Film prize in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival.

“Variety” reported today that: “U.S. director Jake Mahaffy’s ‘Free In Deed,’ set in the world of storefront churches in Memphis, Tennessee, took the top prize in the Horizons section. Jonathan Demme headed the jury of that section, which is dedicated to fresher, more cutting edge fare.” Read the story here.

The independent film stars British actor David Harewood (“Homeland”) and Los Angeles-based Edwina Findley (“The Wire,” “Treme”), with the rest of the cast and much of the crew from Memphis. The film is a client project of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Director/writer Jake Mahaffy has been working for years to bring the project to life. It was originally going to be shot in Detroit, but producer Mike Ryan convinced Mahaffy to shoot in Memphis. Other producers are Michael Bowes and Brent Stiefel. Memphians Ryan Watt, Nicki Newberger and Adam Hohenberg are associate producers.

Most of the jobs in the film’s production went to local people. There were about 20 in the crew, including Morgan Jon Fox (unit production manager and second assistant director), Gloria Belz (hair/makeup) and Sarah Fleming (first assistant director). Among the 51 locals with speaking roles are RaJay Chandler, Preston Shannon, Libra Mitchell, Helen Bowman, Phil Darius Wallace, Lindsey Roberts, Billie Worley, Robert Saba, Candace Clough McGowen, Jan Falk, Alex Coker, Geoff Falk, Porsha Ferguson and Jon W. Sparks.

A strongly positive review by Jessica Kiang for The Playlist concluded:

"This small, slow-paced film, deeply upsetting and narrow in scope, is a hard watch. In refusing to offer any easy answers, and in running precisely counter to the sickly angels-among-us narratives of the current, growing faith-based filmmaking movement, it's an even harder sell. But Mahaffy's uncompromising approach, and the quality of its performances, make it a rare and valuable testament: to the terrible danger of believing in miracles, and to the cruelty of a world that might make such belief necessary."

Pictured: Producer Mike Ryan


FAQs on the incentives for Memphis/Shelby County film projects

There is good news for filmmakers in that state film/TV funds have been reserved to incentivize Memphis/Shelby County-based projects.

Earlier this year, state and local officials met and agreed to set aside $4 million in incentive funds just for qualified local projects! Do you want to know if your future production could be qualified to receive a 25 percent cash refund after all your in-state expenses are filed? Some of the most frequently asked questions about the incentives can be found on the Incentives page on this site. Click here to learn more. You'll find answers to many questions about incentives plus information on where to go and who to contact for more details. 


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