Austin, TX — The 3rd annual, award-winning Indie Meme Film Festival is scheduled April 19-22, 2018 at Regal Arbor, Great Hills. The line-up consists of 10 feature-length films, 3 of which will have their US Premiere at this year’s festival. Additionally, IMFF will have 8 local, international, and US-based filmmakers in attendance.
Kicking off IMFF 2018 on Thursday, April 19 with YOUTH INITIATIVE – a NEW addition to the festival to provide a platform to the young filmmakers followed by film BHASMASUR, the story of a 10-year-old boy and his journey with his debt-ridden father, for badge holders and Indie Meme members. Friday, April 20 will be the official Opening night with red carpet and the US Premiere of TURUP (CHECKMATE), a unique film made by a collective, followed by the opening night party.
Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 showcase festival’s curated selection of cinema from South Asia including the US Premieres of BARLEY FIELDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, a film about a teenage girl who must choose between supporting her family after her father’s political imprisonment or joining a group of oppressed nuns on their journey to freedom, and LOCK & KEY, a PUNJABI documentary about four recovering addicts at a rehabilitation center in Punjab. This year there are 4 regional Indian languages at IMFF from India including ANGAMALY DIARIES, the critically acclaimed MALAYALAM film and DHH, the GUJARATI kids film. IMFF will also present the Texas Premiere of RIBBON, where a young couple is overwhelmed with the birth of a baby girl and the challenges of parenting. Documentary ABU is the story of filmmaker Arshad Khan’s life and the challenges of growing up a gay man in a close-knit Muslim family in Pakistan. The CLOSING NIGHT film CHUMBAK is a MARATHI movie about a Mumbai based teenage scammer (and a friend) who could not shake off one of his victims, and ends up on a journey across Maharashtra with the victim, who is mentally challenged. Following the closing film, the festival will present the Audience Choice Award Announcement and closing night party.
Badges for IMFF 2018 can be purchased on http://www.indiememe.org/imff-2018. All access Festival Badges include all screenings with priority seating, Meme-er Night screening & Mixer and Opening & Closing Night parties. Member Badges, Non-Member Badges, and single film tickets can also be purchased online. The Children’s Programing – DHH is a FREE screening and open to public.
IMFF 2018 SHORT PROGRAM
HAKLA – (USA)
Fiction / Filmmaker Tania Romero in Attendance
FIVE O’CLOCK SHADOW (USA)
Fiction / Filmmaker Sangeeta Agrawal in Attendance
JAALGEDI (THE CURIOUS GIRL) – (Nepal)
*Precedes BARLEY FIELDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
KHUJLI – (India)
*Precedes ASK THE SEXPERT
COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO – (India)
*Precedes ASK THE SEXPERT
THE STREETS ARE OURS – (Pakistan)
For the latest developments, visit the Indie Meme Film Festival official site IMFF2018 and follow the festival on Facebook & Twitter. And for more information to go the Indie Meme website: IndieMeme.org
About Indie Meme Film Festival
Indie Meme’s mission is to promote socially relevant independent cinema from South Asia, in an effort to influence social and cultural awareness and consciousness, and encourage and facilitate dialogue. Indie Meme engages, educates, entertains, and brings together different communities to promote cross-cultural understanding and build a globally conscious community.
IMFF, presented by Indie Meme Org offers screenings of carefully curated independent cinema – feature, documentaries, short films, etc. from South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Iran). They aim to connect the audience with the makers of the films and celebrate them for their creative genius.
IMFF 2018 is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin, Economic Development Department. IMFF 2018 Producing Sponsor is Daman, Media Sponsor is KLRU Austin PBS, and Directing Sponsors include Regal Entertainment Group, HEB, Cognitive Scale, Cornerstone Architects, and Fons PR. For making IMFF2018 possible, we would like to give a BIG shout out to the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division for their support, our producing sponsor DAMAN,media sponsor KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and directing sponsors CognitiveScale, Cornerstone Architects, H-E-B, Fons PR & Regal Cinemas.
We are also very grateful to Indie Meme patron sponsors Charles Maund Toyota & Munira Umetia, Cosmo City Media supporters Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Ashna Modh, Silicon Hills Wealth Management, Mercedes-Benz of Austin, film sponsors The Center for Relationships, General Agents Insurance Network, & Pizza Day and media partners Radio Karishma, TV Asia & Austin South Asian.