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On Location: Memphis International Film Fest

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ON LOCATION: MEMPHIS (formerly the Memphis International Film Festival) has a reputation for showcasing some of the finest independent films from around the world. Memphis is a fantastic and fun place to visit. (i.e.,-Graceland, Sun Studio, STAX, Beale Street, BBQ.) See our section on Memphis Attractions for more information about all of the great attractions in our fair little city. Despite all of the wonderful Memphis attractions the one thing that filmmakers have told us that sets our festival apart is our hospitality. From the moment your film is accepted into our festival we will work to make it easy for you to come to Memphis to share your experiences with us and our audiences. We host a filmmaker's reception where you will have the opportunity to meet OLM staff, sponsors, jurors, vendors, and even an occasional celebrity. Opening night ceremonies are held at Memphis' premier multiplex the MALCO Paradiso. One of our traditions is to take attending filmmakers out to a Memphis-style BBQ lunch. Then there is the Saturday Night Bash to live Blues and Rock & Roll. There will be plenty of opportunity to network with other filmmakers throughout the festival. We do the best that we can to help you arrange for accommodations (cheap to beau coup) transportation and tours of famous Memphis landmarks.

You've worked hard on your film. Now come and have some fun with us and other filmmakers in one of the most magical and musical of cities. You may even spot a certain elusive fellow last seen in a white rhinestone-studded jumpsuit!


  • Lisa Bobal - President/Executive Director
  • Adriane Williams - Vice President
  • Cheryl Wolder
  • Mary Harvey-Gurley
  • Cameron Knight
  • Michael Harwood - Founder and International Liaison


The mission of On Location: MEMPHIS is to advance, educate and inspire filmmakers, musicians, students, and professionals; to connect the regional audience to the work of local and global filmmakers and musicians and to collaborate with other organizations to strengthen the film & music community and the economic development of Memphis. We are an all volunteer run 501c 3 non profit organization who survives on sponsorships, donations and grants. Throughout the year, we produce film and music related events such as premiere screenings, off-beat films, music showcases.


Now going into its 14th year, On Location: Memphis is a competitive 4-day festival that features a diverse mix of local and global films. Awards given in 5 categories: Live Action Short, Feature, Music Video, Documentary & Animated Short.

Previous attendees: Morgan Freeman, Alan Bloomquist, Holly Hunter, Ed Solomon, Isaac Hayes, Richard Gladstein, Robert Townsend, Vivica Fox, Tom Berenger, Amotz Zakai, Leo Fitzpatrick, Peter Callahan, Cybill Shepherd, Mari Kornhauser, Del Shores, Don Hertzfeld, Rob May, Macky Alston, John Vanco, and Ira Sachs

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