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The in-person 8th Annual Indie Meme Film Festival takes place April 12th -16th, 2023  All screenings are held at Austin Film Society, 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

Virtual Programming will be announced shortly, for streaming April 28th-May 1st. 

WEDNESDAY April 12th, 2023

IM Member Mixer

+ Badge Pickup

Venue: Vivo Tex-Mex

6406 N Interstate Hwy 35 Ste 2343, Austin, TX 78752

*Note: Vivo is next to AFS Cinema in THE LINC

Indie Meme Members and badgeholders,  join us for a mixer as we kick-off IMFF2022! Collect your badges and meet other meme-ers. 

5:00 - 6:00PM CST
6:15 PM - 9:00 PM CST
India I 2022 I 91 mins I Documentary I Hindi I dir. Shaunak Sen
+ Local Shorts Showcase & Q&A

As legions of birds fall from New Delhi’s darkening skies, and the city smolders with social unrest, two brothers race to save a casualty of the turbulent times: the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to their city's ecosystem.  Read more...

The feature documentary is preceded by (2) local short films w/ Q&A: Faces, Learning Not to Drown

Winner of 'Best Documentary' Jury Awards at both Sundance Film Festival & Cannes

THURSDAY April 13th, 2023
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Texas Premiere
6:15PM - 9:30PM CST
Iran I 2022 I 165 mins I Farsi I dir. Saeed Roustaee 
+ Short Film, SONA

At 40 years old, Leila has spent her whole life taking care of her parents and four brothers. Caught up in debts worsened by the economic sanctions in Iran, the family argues constantly. As her brothers try to make ends meet, Leila charts a plan for elevating the family's wealth. Read more...

+ Screening preceded by short film: Sona

Winner of the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival

FRIDAY April 14th, 2023
5:00PM - 6:00PM CST

As you walk the red carpet, flash your smiles and excitement with the stars.

The AFS lobby will host media and attending filmmakers, cast, and crew for an exciting, fun event on the red carpet.

Texas Premiere
6:30PM - 9:00PM CST
UK I India I 2022 I 103 mins I English I dir. Pushan Kripalani

With help from a neighbourhood and a past she has shunned, a young British-Indian woman (Kalki Koechlin) returns home to deal with her mother’s dementia and the scars of her childhood.  Read more...

World Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival (2022)

*Filmmaker Pushan Kripalani & Lead Actress Kalki Koechlin in attendance

Opening Night Party

Venue: Austin PBS Media

6101 Highland Campus Dr Building #3000, Austin, TX 78752

9:00PM - 11PM CST

Mingle with Indie Meme members, filmmakers, programmers and more while enjoying dinner and drinks. Let's celebrate IMFF2023's Opening Night as a community!

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SATURDAY April 15th, 2023
10:30AM - 12:15PM CST

Shorts Program I

A curated shorts program featuring a selection of acclaimed short films from South Asia, including:  FELT CUTE MIGHT DELETE LATER, HAJUR, MURMURS OF THE JUNGLE, SWIPE, WHEELS ON THS BUS, and THE HORSE FROM HEAVEN.

*Award-winning shorts from festivals including Annecy, IFFR, NFDC Film Bazaar, & Berlinale

12:45PM - 3:30PM CST
US I Bangladesh I 2022 I Documentary I Bengali, Bangla I 85 mins I dir. Vivek Bald & Alaudin Ullah
Texas Premiere
+ Short films, JUNKO & LORI 

A New York actor and playwright investigates the pasts of his Bangladeshi immigrant parents, unearthing a lost history in which South Asian Muslims, African Americans, and Puerto Ricans forged an extraordinary multiracial community in mid-20th century Harlem. Read more...

+ Screening preceded by short films: Junko, Lori

Official Selection of CAAMFest & DOC NYC

* Filmmakers Vivek Bald & Alaudin Ullah in attendance

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4:00PM - 7:00PM CST


Bangladesh I 2022 I 130 mins I Bengali, Bangla I dir. Mejbaur Rahman Sumon

A fishing trawler is beset by mysterious, possibly supernatural occurences after they take onboard a young woman lost at sea. Set in the Bay of Bengal and inspired by myth, this genre-defying tale is a gem of modern Bangladeshi cinema. Read more...

 Bangladesh's Official Oscar Entry for 'Best   International Feature'

+ Screening preceded by: short film, Murder Tongue

7:30PM - 10:00PM CST
India I Italy I Japan I US I 2022 I 112 mins I Multiple I dir. Catherine Hardwicke, Taraji P. Henson, Lucía Puenzo, Leena Yadav, Maria Sole Tognazzi, Mipo Oh, Silvia Carobbio     

A globe-spanning anthology film, comprised of seven short stories directed by women from across the world.S hot in Italy, India, Japan, and the U.S. - each segment is an inspirational and empowering story by and about women. Read more...

Academy Award Nominee for 'Best Original Song'

*Filmmaker Leena Yadav in attendance

India I 2022 I 85 mins I Manipuri I dir. Romi Meitei   
International Premiere
SUNDAY, APRIL 16th, 2023
10:30AM - 12:15 PM CST
UK I India I 2022 I 94 mins I Documentary I Hindi, English I dir. Vinay Shukla
Texas Premiere

A turbulent newsroom drama that intimately chronicles the working days of broadcast journalist Ravish Kumar as he navigates a spiraling world of truth and disinformation. Read more...

TIFF Amplify Voices Award, Busan Cinephile Award '22, Special Presentation of DOC NYC

* Virtual Q&A w/ Filmmaker Vinay Shukla

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12:45PM - 2:45 PM CST

Chaoren, an eleven year-old boy from a rural fishing village, fights to attend and excel in school, amidst the threats of poverty and displacement. Read more...

Official Selection of the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival FIPRESCI Award for 'Best International Film' at IFFR


* Filmmaker Romi Meitei in attendance 

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3:15 PM - 5:30 PM CST
India I 2022 I 104 mins I Irula I dir. Priyanandanan
International Premiere

The story of a young tribal girl who rises from the ashes to proclaim her most essential rights, over her body and the decisions upon it. Shot with an all indigenous cast at Attapadi in Kerala. Read more...

Official Selection of the International Film Festivals of India, Kerala, and Chennai. 

Closing Night & Awards Party

Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Austin North (Near the Domain)
8:30 PM-10:30 PM CST

Join us in closing out the festival weekend with dinner, drinks, awards announcements, and a celebration of our filmmakers and community. 

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CST
UK I 2022 I 103 mins I English I dir. Nida Manzoor

A merry mash up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, Polite Society follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists. Read more...

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival 2023, SXSW '23

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