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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S.C. YOUNG FILMMAKER FINALISTS ANNOUNCED;

TOP TEN TO SCREEN AT INDIE GRITS FILM FEST ON APRIL 18

 

The results are in!  After a record number of entries for the 2015 South Carolina Young Filmmakers Project, the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College are pleased to announce the Top Ten finalists.

 

The Top Ten short films will screen at a special program at the 2015 Indie Grits Film Festival, on April 18th at 12:30pm at the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia.  (For more info on Indie Grits, click here.)  After the screening, the Top Ten will be posted on-line for a two-week voting period.  Public votes will be combined with judges' scores to determine the First, Second, and Third Place winners, all of whom receive cash prizes.

 

So come out to Indie Grits on April 18.  And check back here on April 20 for a link to view all ten.

 

The 2015 Top Ten Finalists are (in alphabetical order):

 

Choked Up

Drew Keefer

Spartanburg High School

Spartanburg, SC

 

Filling the Gap

Ian O'Donnell

Homeschool

Spartanburg, SC

 

Oh, Henry

Sabri Taylor and Aslan Irizarry

Gateway Christian School

Columbia, SC

 

Shattered

Nathan Sheeley

Homeschool

Charleston, SC

 

Stick People

Conner Nyberg

Greenville Technical Charter High School

Greenville, SC

 

The Death of Phillip Ritzo

Ann Bailey

Summerville High School

Summerville, SC

 

The Memory Tree

Jessica Bradley

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Columbia, SC

 

The One

Christopher Collins

Homeschool

Pawley's Island, SC

 

The Sharpest Sense

Azure Allen

Homeschool

Conway, SC

 

We Went Camping

Andy Turner

Academic Magnet High School

Mt. Pleasant, 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 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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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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