Columbia, SC -- The South Carolina Film Commission has announced the selection of three South Carolina short films for their Indie Grants program.  Funding the projects creates training environments for emerging crew and professional development opportunities for South Carolina filmmakers and others in the creative industries.

The Indie Grants is the only one of its kind in the nation, using short films for production development and job training, while also creating international exposure for the state’s film industry.

"The Indie Grants have garnered a major reputation among producers, writers, actors, and all types of crew," said Tom Clark with the South Carolina Film Commission.  "Which is a way for us to show off the state's talent, location, and production value to the world."

Each Indie Grants project will employ Trident Technical College film students in its production, giving the students hands-on training under the filmmakers and other production professionals, and acting as a bridge to full-time professional employment.

The short film projects selected for production for 2017/2018 are:

Whistler’s Mother
Robbie Robertson, Writer/Co-Director
Lorie Gardner, Producer/Co-Director
Columbia, SC
The artist James Whistler spent years trying to capture the essence of his mother for his most famous work of art.  Not to create a masterpiece, but to save his mother from possession by the Baba Yaga, an evil Russian witch.

Ben Joyner, Director
Josh Barkey, Writer
Fort Mill, SC
News of strange disappearances cast an unsettling mood as Jen, a young professional, goes out for drinks with a man she met online.

And the People Could Fly
(Partnership with Indie Grits Labs & the Nickelodeon Theatre)
Roni Nicole Henderson, Writer/Director
Seth Gadsden, Producer
Columbia, SC
When car-sitting her mother's parked '84 Chevy Bonneville becomes too risky, 8 year old Nena ventures into an escapist's dream, where she learns both pity and power

The next Funding Cycle opens Spring 2018.  Sign-up for our email list for updates.  Learn more about applying for INDIE GRANTS here.  

Key Grip Krystina Figg works with G/E swing (and TTC student) John Bamond on the set of 2016 /2017 Indie Grants short SAD STEVE.

Key Grip Krystina Figg works with G/E swing (and TTC student) John Bamond
on the set of 2016 /2017 Indie Grants short SAD STEVE.

Camera Operator Owen Hamilton on the Columbia, SC, set of 2016/2017 Indie Grants short BLOOD SPOOK.