The South Carolina Film Commission's Indie Grants program provides small production grants for South Carolina filmmakers on an as-needed basis. The program is designed to provide South Carolina independent filmmakers with resources that will add quality, ingenuity, and creativity to their short-film projects, with a larger mission of creating industry exposure for the state’s film community and training the next generation of South Carolina crew.
The program has resulted in a high-quality, intriguing collection of short films. Official film festival selections from the inaugural 2011 class of Indie Grants include include Palm Springs Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival (Audience Award for "The Debutante Hunters"), Stiges Film Festival (Best Short for "Dirty Silverware"), Toronto AfterDark, LA Shorts, Cleveland International Film Festival, Charleston International Film Festival, and Santa Rosa International Film Festival.
Accompanying the Indie Grant program is a series of 6-8 production training workshops a year from the South Carolina Film Commission, on topics as varied as Scriptwriting, Aerial Lift (Condor) Certification, DSLR Cinematography, Digital Effects & Motion Graphics, MovieMagic, Production Design, and more. Collaboratively working to enhance the creative and technical skills of South Carolina's production industry, already one of the most talented and experienced crew bases in the nation.