Indie Grants

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Since 2010, the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College have funded and produced over twenty short films through their Indie Grants program. Fulfilling the program's goals of supporting indigenous South Carolina filmmaking, creating effective training environments for TTC film students, and showing off South Carolina storytelling to the world, these films have been honored by the likes of Sundance Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, FantasticFest, LA Film Festival and DragonCon.

The South Carolina Film Commission has announced the selection of South Carolina short films for their Indie Grant program, funding and producing the projects to create training opportunities for film students and professional development for the state’s media professionals.

"This program is motivating exceptional filmmaking in our state while giving valuable training to South Carolina students and professionals," said Tom Clark with the South Carolina Film Commission. "These films will show off the state's talent, location and production value at an international level."

The program is a joint partnership between the Film Commission and Trident Technical College. Each project will employ Trident Tech film students, giving the students hands-on training under the filmmakers and other professionals, such as Oscar-winning DP Russell Carpenter (Titanic, Ant-Man) in the 2014/2015 series.

Over its five years, Indie Grants films have been official selections at film festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Stiges Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, DragonCon, Mediera Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival, and Santa Rosa International Film Festival.




As part of its mission to train South Carolina production professionals and enhance the indigenous industry through professional development, the South Carolina Film Commission hosts a series of production training seminars each year. All workshops are free and open to the public.

Check back here often to stay up-to-date on seminars, or join our email list here.

Matt Sefick, CSA, leads a workshop on auditioning
Participants receive a three-year license after attending a Boom & Scissor Lift training course.
Jody Brockway leads participants through P.A. Bootcamp, a two-day thorough, intensive, real-world job training program.

Contact The Film Commission

South Carolina Film Commission
1205 Pendleton Street, Room 225
Columbia, SC 29201

Call one of our representatives below:

Matt Storm

Matt Storm

Manages the Film Office, oversees auditing, payment, grants, training, economic development-marketing.

Tel: 803-737-1785
Dan Rogers

Dan Rogers

Manages locations, scouts, permitting, location database, websites, economic development-marketing.

Tel: 803-737-0496