THE 2015 INDIE GRANTS APPLICATION IS HERE

 

THE 2015 INDIE GRANTS FUNDING CYCLE is now open!  Download the application here, and get all instructions, guidelines, and other important information on the Indie Grants page.

 

APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 5, 2015.  Good luck to all!




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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 in February.

 

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 took place on February 8, and was free and open to the public.




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2015 S.C. YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROJECT TOP

TEN FINALISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN APRIL

 

The 2015 South Carolina Young Filmmakers Project, the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and Trident Technical College's high school short film contest, has now entered the judging phase.

 

Entries were due on February 20, with a record number of submissions received.  A panel of judges are now scoring all entries, with the Top Ten Finalists to be announced in April.

 

Top Ten Finalists will be screened at a special screening at Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, SC, on April 18.  Check out more info on Indie Grits here.

 

In the meantime, check back here often for updates and announcements.  And check out last year's finalists and winners at the contest's You Tube page.  And last year's first place winner below.

 

 

2014 FIRST PLACE WINNER:

Old Faithful by Grayson Schmitt and Jacob Willis

Spartanburg High School

Spartanburg, SC




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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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