The 2017 INDIE GRANTS submissions cycle is now closed.  2018 funding cycle opens in April.

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Since 2010, the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College have funded and produced 27 short films through their Indie Grants program.  Created to support indigenous South Carolina production professionals and generate effective training environments for TTC film students, the films show off South Carolina storytelling and filmmaking talent to the world.  

Indie Grants shorts have been been official selections of international film festivals like Sundance, Palm Springs, Austin Film Festival, FantasticFest, Cucalorus, Tall Grass, Slamdance, Stiges, Oxford, Nashville Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Indie Memphis, LA Film Festival, DragonCon, and many more. 


Applications are now being accepted for funding and production support for short films.  To submit, complete the application form and upload your script here.  Application are due by 11:59 pm ET on June 19, 2017.

Please read the application and terms and conditions thoroughly and follow all its instructions.  Also be sure to read the FAQs here.  And view a video panel discussion below with Indie Grants producer Brad Jayne and recent program filmmakers on Indie Grants application, selection, and production procedures.

To submit, all you need is a short film script (15-pages or less).  If your script is selected for funding, Indie Grants staff will work with you in producing your project and oversee all elements of the process. 

Projects with a production team already in place (e.g., Director and Producer) are also eligible.  The funding application includes instructions on providing that optional information.

Smaller grants for finishing funds or other supporting funds in amounts ranging from $1,500-$7,500 are also considered.  If your project best fits this type of support, there are instructions on the application to request smaller supporting funds.  

More information and instructions are included on the application form.  You can also contact or with questions.  Check out the video webinar from noted script consultant Peter Fox, with pointers on short film screenwriting and applying for the Indie Grants.  

And view the 2016 video seminar on the Indie Grants here:

Professional crew and TTC students prepare a shot as the sun rises over Folly Beach, SC, on the set of Indie Grants short Isle of Palms.

Scene from Indie Grants short Gone Away.

Indie Grants filmmakers DeShantell Singleton (La Nanita) and Ayala Kalus Asherov (Pencil Point) during Q&A at a screening of their films.