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Festival Schedule

The 9th Indie Meme Film Festival comes to Austin in-person from April 17 - 21, 2024 and is held at the Austin Film Society Cinema. 

The virtual festival, streaming May 3rd - May 5th, will bring second screenings of many of our in-person favorites, as well as fresh virtual-exclusive feature and short programs.

Wednesday April 17

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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Member Mixer + Badge Pickup

Vivo-Tex Mex is next to AFS Cinema, just inside The Linc.

Join us at Vivo Tex-Mex, just across from the AFS Cinema, to kick off IMFF 2024!

 

2024 members and badge holders only. Become a member here to attend!

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AFS Cinema

6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Spain, Germany, India | Basque, Spanish, English, Italian, Hindi, Bengali | 83 mins

Inés, a Spanish artist, lives in India and stumbles upon a story about a utopia in which women rule the country while men live in seclusion. Fascinated by the story Inés embarks on a journey to search for the one place where women can live in peace.

 

Preceded by two shorts, So, That Happened and The Road Not Taken, as the Texas Shorts Program. Filmmakers Neha Aziz and Sarthwik Bollu will be in attendance.

Free for 2024 members! Log in to receive the discount.

Recorded Q+A with Filmmaker Isabel Herguera.

Thursday April 18

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AFS Cinema

11:30 AM - 1:45 PM

India | Kannada | 104 mins

Shivamma, a mid-day meal cook in a village government school juggles entrepreneurial aspirations with family obligations, but are her dreams built on lies?

Included with our Debut Filmmakers Showcase ticket, along with Amar Colony and In Flames.

Recorded Q+A with Filmmaker Jaishankar Aryar.

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AFS Cinema

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

India | Hindi | 75 mins

The residents of a dilapidated building in the hills encounter each other and the surreal in this experimental film about loneliness and finding connection.

Included with our Debut Filmmakers Showcase ticket, along with Shivamma and In Flames.

Free for 2024 members! Log in to receive the discount.

Recorded Q+A with Filmmaker Siddharth Chauhan.

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AFS Cinema

3:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Pakistan, Canada | Urdu | 98 mins

In the aftermath of a patriarch's death, a mother and daughter must find the courage to face malevolent forces of both the past and the present.

Included with our Debut Filmmakers Showcase ticket, along with Shivamma and Amar Colony.

Free for 2024 members! Log in to receive the discount.

Recorded Q+A with Filmmaker Zarrar Khan.

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AFS Cinema

6:15 PM - 8:45 PM

India | Kannada, Marathi | 98 mins

A stunningly shot, poignant story of a newly orphaned boy who is coming of age whilst figuring out how to to live with both grief and a new family.

Preceded by the short film Ullarivu.

Live, Virtual Q+A with Filmmaker Sumanth Bhat.

Friday April 19

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AFS Cinema

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Opening Night Red Carpet

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Attend our opening night red carpet with attending filmmakers, cast, and fellow members!

Badge and ticket holders only! Purchase a badge here.

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AFS Cinema

6:15 PM - 8:45 PM

India, UK | English, Malayalam | 107 mins

The untold story of "illegal" immigrants in the UK - a father's search for his missing daughter unearths the seedy underbelly and unfulfilled promises of immigration.

In-Person Q+A with Filmmaker Nathalia Syam and Lead Actor Adil Hussain.

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Expansive Austin - Highland

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Opening Night Celebration

Celebrate the ninth year of Austin's premier South Asian film festival with us!

Platinum Badge holders only! Purchase a badge here.

Saturday April 20

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AFS Cinema

10:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Shorts Program

India, Myanmar, USA | Malayalam, Burmese, Hindi | 70 min

Five independent short films: This is TMI, Phar Yar Sin, Vakuppu, Kamathipura, and Places I've Called My Own.

A carefully curated selection of incredible shorts that feature (1) a taboo-busting discussion of a group of young women (2) a surreal confession (3) the humour and horror of police bureaucracy (4) an unearthing of a mythical prostitute in Mumbai and (5) a heart-rending reunion between the prodigal daughter and her ex- girlfriend.

 

Free for 2024 members! Log in to receive the discount.

In-Person Q+A with Filmmakers Sushma Khadepaun & Vidushi Gupta.

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AFS Cinema

1:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Bangladesh, USA | Bengali | 84 mins

A filmmaker couple in Bangladesh butts up against corruption and a patriarchal society as they strive to live a life of independence, autonomy and honesty.

Preceded by the short film Helena.

Recorded Q+A with Filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.

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AFS Cinema

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

India | Marathi, English, Hindi | 96 mins

An extremely personal documentary that unearths archival footage and home videos that reflect the change in Indian society from the independence movement to today.

In-Person Q+A with Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan.

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AFS Cinema

6:15 PM - 8:45 PM

India | Marathi, English, Hindi | 104 mins

A young, ambitious girl in Maharashtra faces the abyss of arranged marriage and does her best to resist it.

Preceded by the short film Next, Please.

In-Person Q+A with Filmmaker Jayant Somalkar and Producer Shefali Bhushan.

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AFS Cinema

9:00 PM - 10:45 PM

Iran | Farsi | 77 mins

A series of vignettes about everyday people encountering the never-ending mazes of bureaucracy and finding hope and resilience through it all.

LIVE, Post-Screening Zoom Q+A with Filmmaker Alireza Khatami.

Sunday April 21

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AFS Cinema

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

India | Hindi, Nepali | 90 mins

At the height of the pandemic, a Nepali migrant worker decides to take on a new opportunity to earn cash to take home.

Recorded Q+A with Filmmaker Diwa Shah.

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AFS Cinema

12:45 PM - 3:15 PM

India, France | English, Marathi, Hindi | 97 mins

This stunningly shot documentary about Koli fishermen asks tough questions about sustainability, livelihood and the future for traditional communities.

Recorded Q+A with Filmmaker Sarvnik Kaur.

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AFS Cinema

3:30 PM - 5:45 PM

India | Hindi | 84 mins

A young actor on the cusp of a big break must return home to reconcile with family and the demons of his past.

Preceded by the short film Shera.

In-Person Q+A with Filmmaker Vinod Rawat.

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AFS Cinema

6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

India | English, Hindi | 112 mins

A story about gendered power, a young teenager is thwarted in her romantic aspirations by her mother.

In-Person Q+A with Filmmaker Shuchi Talati.

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9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Closing Night Party

Help us close out this year's Indie Meme Film Festival at Origins Hotel! Food and drink will be provided.

This event is for Platinum Badge holders only! Purchase a badge here.

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