The Memphis Film Prize is back for its 3rd year. The kick off event is scheduled for February 8 from 6:30-9:00PM at the Cove Bar on Broad Avenue. The goal of the Memphis Film Prize is to showcase the city as a viable filmmaking destination and to promote the talents of the local cast and crew (But you don't have to be a resident to participate in the competition; you simply have to shoot within Shelby County limits). I competed in its inaugural year with my short film Final Hit, which made it into the Top 10.
After registering, filmmakers usually have around three months to produce a short narrative film of their choosing. Judges select the top 10 films and those finalists are screened at the annual Film Prize festival, held each August. The winner of the $10,000 is determined by a combination of audience votes and judges' scores.
If you're a filmmaker in and around the Memphis area, I encourage you to get involved. It's a great way to meet other talented individuals, and you just may walk away with $10,000.