INDIE GRANTS SELECTIONS ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON

 

THE 2015 INDIE GRANTS FUNDING CYCLE is now closed.  Evaluators are busy reading and scoring scripts from an unprecedented pool of applicants.  Announcements on short films selected for funding and production will be made as soon as the independent evaluation and selection process is complete.

 

The next funding cycle will open in Spring 2016, so start prepping those scripts.   Get all instructions, guidelines, and other important information on the Indie Grants page.




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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.
 
 
FIRST PLACE:
The Sharpest Sense
Azure Allen
Homeschooled
Conway, SC
 
SECOND PLACE:
Oh, Henry
Sabri Irizarry, Taylor Irizarry, and Aslan Irizarry
Homeschooled
Columbia, SC
 
THIRD PLACE:
The One
Christopher Collins
Homeschooled
Pawley's Island, SC
 
HONORABLE MENTION:
Choked Up
Drew Keefer, Owen Keefer, and John Poole
Spartanburg High School
Spartanburg, SC
 
HONORABLE MENTION:
Stick People
Conner Nyberg
Greenville Technical Charter High School
Greenville, SC




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OSCAR-WINNING DP RUSSELL CARPENTER, ASC

LENSES INDIE GRANTS FILM ELEANOR GREENE

 


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.




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WHAT ARE INDIE GRANTS?

 


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:




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