Applications are open for INDIE GRANTS program, offering up to $35K and production assistance to SC filmmakers

May 9, 2022

Columbia, S.C. – For the 12th consecutive year, the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College are accepting short film project submissions for their INDIE GRANTS program.

Created to support our home-grown film industry in the Palmetto State, INDIE GRANTS provide funds and production assistance to South Carolina filmmakers to create high-quality narrative short films for international audiences. The program is also critical to developing an in-state production workforce, giving Trident Tech film students hands-on experience with professional crews during the production process.

Project submissions are due August 1 at Two projects will be selected for production in 2022-23. Each winning project will receive up to $35,000 in production funds along with access to gear and professional support throughout the production process.

“The absolute best way for production professionals to learn their craft is by doing it," said Glenn Seale, Dean of the Film, Media and Visual Arts Division at Trident Technical College. "That’s exactly what INDIE GRANTS provides for our students, under the tutelage of crews that run top film and TV shows… Not to mention the networking opportunities that creates.”

“Production is full of good, high-paying jobs, running the gamut from construction to catering to electricians to all types of design,” said Matt Storm, Director of the South Carolina Film Commission. “With the production industry booming and creating a positive economic impact in the state, we want to help as many South Carolinians as possible take advantage of this program.”

Notable South Carolina-based actors and writers Parisa Fitz-Henley (My Spy, The Sinner, Luke Cage) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Sicario, The Americans, Avengers: Endgame) have launched a social media campaign highlighting the program. View the first in the series of social videos here.

“INDIE GRANTS is the best resource for short form filmmakers in the country,” said Hernandez. “The production support and know-how provided by its staff and mentors is an invaluable tool for creators who are breaking into the industry.”

Recent INDIE GRANTS collaborators include Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Avatar 2, Titanic), actress Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, Perfect Harmony), Emmy-nominated actress Jackie Hoffman (Only Murders in the Building, Difficult People), and writer Brad Land (Goat).

INDIE GRANTS projects have been official selections at more than 200 international film festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, Slamdance, Los Angeles Film Fest, Striges, and Palm Springs.

Projects selected for funding will be announced in October. Find the application and program information at


Recent INDIE GRANTS films (from top) Graceland, Talk Black, and Wages of Sin. Artwork available upon request.

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