Download the 2016 Indie Grants Application here.


Each year, the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College provide funding and production support for selected South Carolina short film projects through their Indie Grants program.  The 2016 funding cycle is now open, with applications due June 6, 2016.


Rules and guidelines are included in the application.  Please also visit the Grants page for more information and Frequently Asked Questions.  Check out a video on the program here.


There was a public informational seminar on May 3 at Trident Technical College in North Charleston.  A panel of past Indie Grants filmmakers and producers discussed the program and process, including applications and selections, and also screened their Indie Grants film with Q&As. 


Content included descriptions of the Indie Grants selection process and production process, short film and film festival strategies, and more.  View video of the Short Film Seminar and Indie Grants Info Meeting here:





"Pilgrims" Director Jonathan Guggenheim and DP Peter Simonite scout a shot.


South Carolina audiences will get a unique chance to view work-in-progress cuts of the 2015/2016 Indie Grants short films at the 2016 Indie Grits Film Festival on April 16 in Columbia.


This will also be an opportunity to provide feedback to the filmmakers as they work to develop and refine their short films.  The screening is free and open to the public.  It will take place at 10am on April 16 at the Nickelodeon Theater (1607 Main St., Columbia, SC).  Click here for tickets and more info.



The films screening are:


Pilgrims (Work-in-Progress)

Written and Produced by Brad Land (Conway, SC) and Cory Howard

Directed by Jonathan Guggenheim (Greenville, SC)

Set in the punk scene of Greenville, SC, in the 1980's, 16-year-old Terry Webber struggles to navigate a new reality after a tragedy involving his girlfriend.


Isle of Palms (Work-in-Progress)

Written by Joe Worthen (Greenville, SC)

Directed by John Barnhardt (Charleston, SC)

A young man is sent on a sun-washed quest to track down the mysterious molly dealer Hugo Bereft.


Check out the 2015 South Carolina

Young Filmmakers Project Winners!


Congratulations to the winning short films for the 2015 SC Young Filmmakers Competition.  
Winners are listed below.  Click here to view the winning projects, and all the Top Ten Finalists.
Information on the 2015/2016 competition will be coming soon.  In the meantime, read up on the contest and last year's guidelines here.
The Sharpest Sense
Azure Allen
Conway, SC
Oh, Henry
Sabri Irizarry, Taylor Irizarry, and Aslan Irizarry
Columbia, SC
The One
Christopher Collins
Pawley's Island, SC
Choked Up
Drew Keefer, Owen Keefer, and John Poole
Spartanburg High School
Spartanburg, SC
Stick People
Conner Nyberg
Greenville Technical Charter High School
Greenville, SC





Russell Carpenter with Directors Maria White and Matthew Mebane.

With a prolific career that includes an Academy Award for Titanic, cinematographer Russell Carpenter, ASC has added an SCFC Indie Grants short film to his filmmography, with the legendary DP shooting The Final Adventure of John & Eleanor Greene in Charleston.


The short was written by Greenville, SC, native Matthew Aughtry and directed and produced by Maria White and Matthew Mebane of Charleston.  As an Indie Grants training project, it will allow South Carolina crew and Trident Tech film students to learn on the set and work directly with Carpenter.


Carpenter has over 30 years of experience as one of the industry's most talented cinematographers, with credits that include This Means War, 21, Shallow Hall, Charlie's Angels, and Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man.  See more about Russell here.


According to Indie Grants Producer Brad Jayne, the short film "is a powerful collaboration between South Carolina's production industry and overall creative community.  Showcasing the great city of Charleston -- the talent, the culture, the architecture, the beauty.  The dynamic atmosphere only found here in South Carolina."


Carpenter also set aside an afternoon to speak with South Carolina production professionals and students at the South Carolina Film Commission's AN AFTERNOON WITH RUSSELL CARPENTER: A CINEMATOGRAPHY SEMINAR.  The workshop was free and open to the public.




Indie Grant short DIRTY SILVERWARE

In the summer of 2010, the South Carolina Film Commission, in association with Trident Technical College, founded the Indie Grants. Awarding small production grants for selected South Carolina filmmakers on an as-needed basis, the program is designed to provide South Carolina independent filmmakers with resources that will add quality and creativity to their short-film projects, resulting in industry exposure for the state’s film community and training the next generation of South Carolina crew.

All funded filmmakers are required to use Trident Technical College film students in their crews. Other resources provided to Indie Grant filmmakers throughout the process include equipment, mentoring, professional script consulting, professional crew calls, collaborative critiques, and film festival consulting.

The program has resulted in a high-quality, intriguing collection of short films; South Carolina cinematic skills and stories celebrated by the world.  Official film festival selections and awards include the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Palm Springs Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Stiges Film Festival, LA Film Fest, Toronto AfterDark, Mediera Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Charleston International Film Festival and Santa Rosa International Film Festival. See clips from past INDIE GRANTS films here. 

Accompanying the Indie Grant program is a series of production training workshops from the South Carolina Film Commission, on topics such as Scriptwriting, Aerial Lift (Condor) Certification, DSLR Cinematography, Digital Effects & Motion Graphics, MovieMagic, Production Design, and more.


Indie Grants programs also include the South Carolina Young Filmmakers Project, a high school filmmaker competition, and independent film screening events through-out the year.

View a brief video on the Indie Grants here: