Indie Grants

Check out recent shorts from the Indie Grants program, funding and producing short films by South Carolina filmmakers.  Filmmakers will be on hand for Q&A, as well as Indie Grants staff to talk about the grant application and production process.  Funding cycle is now open, with applications due June 19th.  Visit for more info.

Indie Grants is a joint effort between the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College, teaming up South Carolina scripts and stories with top production professionals. This year, we will be having a -free- screening of five of these films– two of which are the final products of the works-in-progress that were screened last year, and one of which is the Indie Grits project of IG alum Josh Yates, whose short was a part of the 2016 Waterlines Art Project. Interested in learning more? Visit for more info (the 2017 funding cycle now open)!

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Underbelly Up

Written & Directed by Josh Yates
Collaboration between the Nickelodeon Theatre & Indie Grants

In South Carolina a disembodied entity meditates on trauma caused by a flood during their favorite month (October 2015). Home movies and news coverage are warped through analog modulation and 16mm hand-processing techniques, paired alongside improvisational voiceover inspired by oral histories conducted by the filmmaker.

Isle of Palms

Written by Joe Worthen
Directed by John Barnhardt

A young man is sent on a sun-washed quest to track down the mysterious molly dealer Hugo Bereft.

Gone Away

Written & Produced by Elizabeth Rose Thomas
Directed by John David Reynolds

A visual folk tale. Daddy’s gone away, and the well’s gone strange.  After a mysterious tragedy, three children in rural South Carolina must learn to survive as the world around them begins to shift.

The Final Adventure of John & Eleanor Greene

Written by Matthew Aughtry
Directed by Maria White Mebane and Matthew Mebane

John and Eleanor Greene have been married for 50 years. When John dies before their golden anniversary trip to Charleston, Eleanor bravely decides to honor their half-century of life together and takes the trip alone.


Written and Produced by Brad Land and Cory Howard
Directed by Jonathan Guggenheim

Set in the punk scene of Greenville, SC, 16-year-old Terry Webber struggles to navigate a new reality after a tragedy involving his girlfriend.