From Indie Grants animated short supine: a dream, by Columbia filmmaker Lyon Hill.

In the summer of 2010, the South Carolina Film Commission founded the INDIE GRANTS with Trident Technical College.  The structure and goals of the program are simple:  Fund and produce short films by South Carolina filmmakers, approach production structure and strategy as if it was a large feature or episodic program(including crewing it with highly-qualified production professionals), and have Trident Tech film students work under the professionals as hands-on technical training.  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.  As a technical college, TTC focuses on the technical aspects of production, consistently feeding Camera Assistants, Grips, Electricians and other crew into the professional production community.  The opportunity to work under established professionals is essential to the training of TTC students, and also serves as networking and bridge to employment.  

TTC student and 2nd AC Khari Davis on the set of Indie Grants short Sad Steve.

Other resources provided to INDIE GRANTS filmmakers throughout the process include equipment, mentoring, professional script consulting, professional crew calls, collaborative critiques, and film festival consulting.  

The program has resulted in 27 high-quality, intriguing 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, Slamdance Film Festival, FantasticFest, Mediera Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Santa Rosa International Film Festival, and more. 

Click here for more info on INDIE GRANTS funding cycles and selections.

Accompanying the INDIE GRANTS program is a series of production training workshops from the South Carolina Film Commission, on topics such as Script Supervising, Casting, Scriptwriting, Aerial Lift (Condor) Certification, DSLR Cinematography, Digital Effects & Motion Graphics, MovieMagic, Production Design, and more.

Gone Away cast and crew gather around Sarah Jones' camera cart.  Sarah was a TTC alum and beloved member of the South Carolina production family.

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 below.