A Virtual Bonanza!
When: Over two weekends - April 16-18, 2021 and April 23-25, 2021
The Indie Meme’s 6th Annual Film Festival (IMFF2021) will be held virtually again this year over the last two weekends of April.
Virtual IMFF2020 was one of the first live, online, and interactive film festivals of its kind.
Our audience enjoyed being able to stream our films & still interact (virtually) with filmmakers, by participating in live Q&A’s post-screening -all from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
This year, Indie Meme has upped their game by partnering with a new streaming platform, Flimocracy, which has been tailored to suit the unique needs of the festival and the Indie Meme community.
The Virtual IMFF2021 comes packed once again with brilliant and powerful films from the South Asian Subcontinent.
And this time, the virtual experience includes opportunities for the Indie Meme-ers to mingle and interact with each other in smaller settings in addition to taking part in the live Q&As with Filmmakers.
Ananyaa Ravi, President, Indie Meme decided to move the festival’s virtual platform to Filmocracy because of how it brings the community aspect of the theatre-going experience to life. “While everyone is experiencing Zoom fatigue, at this stage, we’re starved for small group interactions with acquaintances and friends - the platform allows attendees to hop from conversation to conversation (video or audio only), and interact with the virtual map to explore buildings and events.”
The excitement of this innovative platform combined with our most diverse programming of films to date, with several premieres & special guests is making the Festival team feel very upbeat about IMFF2021.
Sweta Rajesh, Programming Director, Indie Meme is super excited about snagging Zindagi Tamasha for this year’s festival.
“The line up of international filmmakers this year includes Sarmad Khoosrat, a name well known across the South Asian Subcontinent for his Films & Television series”.
ZINDAGI TAMASHA won the top prize at the Busan International Film Festival and was selected as Pakistan’s contender for this year’s Best International Film Oscar.
“The film is sure to be a treat for our audiences.” Sweta also chimed “Binod Paudel’s debut feature, BULBUL, revolving around a woman tempo driver in Kathmandu (also Nepal’s Oscar submission) is another not to be missed film at this year’s festival.”
Deepti Gupta, with her debut feature SHUT UP SONA, along with, Sahraa Karim, Talat Shakeel, Sushma Khadepaun, Aastha Verma are some of the women filmmakers whose films will be at the festival and the team is still working on all the filmmakers to be in attendance. Arun Karthick will also be at IMFF2021 with his multi-award winning film NASIR.
Navid Mahmoudi from Iran returns to the 6th Indie Meme Film Festival with his next film SEVEN AND A HALF, his first directorial feature ‘Parting’ screened at 2nd Indie Meme Film Festival.
The Virtual IMFF2021 will be showcasing over 21 narrative features, documentaries & short films over 6 days in April.
Anita, Nooreh, Mauj be-Harkat si, Tiffin, Trivedi Ji, Furniture,The Last Rites, Kalam, Dry Leaves, Sab Rab De Bande, Mangsho, Pari of Pokhara, Sunday & Laali are the shorts being featured at the 6th Indie Meme Film Festival. Each one brings a unique flavor to make this year’s festival delightfully vibrant!
The films come from 6 different countries in the South Asian Subcontinent and are in over 12 different languages. Afghanistan’s entry to the Oscars, HAVA MARYAM AYESHA and the Marathi language film TRIJYA, from India both have screened at various international festivals and it’s exciting to have them as part of this year’s programming.
“In a time where we may feel disconnected, we are incredibly excited and honored to be showcasing such a wide range of stories that can connect us all.” says Christine Chung, Festival Coordinator, IMFF2021, who has joined the team this year. The Festival Badge is on sale for a nominal price and Indie Meme Members get discounted rates.
So Christine says “for the best value, become an Indie Meme Member for 2021 and enjoy the festival for FREE at FAN level membership or for $20 at the FAMILY level membership.” Registration to the festival is required to receive details on how to attend the virtual festival and experience the diverse flavors of South Asian cinema. All details on becoming a member are at indiememe.org.
The IMFF team looks forward to sharing this unique experience together. Get your popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the 2021 Virtual Indie Meme Film Festival. IMFF 2021 is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin, Economic Development Department.