11th Annual

Indie Grits Festival

April 20, 2017 to April 23, 2017

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Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street
Columbia SC 29201
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Phone: 803.254.8234
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http://www.indiegrits.com

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Feature
This category is open to all narrative and documentary entries 30 minutes in length or longer.

All submissions must have a tie to the Southeast (SC, NC, VA, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, LA, KY, AR, TX) or be from or about anywhere in Latin America. This requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways. If you are from or currently reside in the Southeast/Latin America and play a prominent role in the filmmaking process then you are set. Additionally if your film is set in or concerns an aspect of the Southeast/Latin America then you're also set.

You MUST include a statement with your application that explains your and/or your film's relationship to the Southeast or Latin America.

If you wish to be considered for the Helen Hill Memorial Award, please include a statement saying so. This award is open to all female mediamakers.
Experimental
For all experimental films - however you define that.

All submissions must have a tie to the Southeast (SC, NC, VA, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, LA, KY, AR, TX) or be from or about anywhere in Latin America. This requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways. If you are from or currently reside in the Southeast/Latin America and play a prominent role in the filmmaking process then you are set. Additionally if your film is set in or concerns an aspect of the Southeast/Latin America then you're also set.

You MUST include a statement with your application that explains your and/or your film's relationship to the Southeast or Latin America.

If you wish to be considered for the Helen Hill Memorial Award, please include a statement saying so. This award is open to all female mediamakers.
Short
Open to narrative and documentary shorts under 30 minutes long.

All submissions must have a tie to the Southeast (SC, NC, VA, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, LA, KY, AR, TX) or be from or about anywhere in Latin America. This requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways. If you are from or currently reside in the Southeast/Latin America and play a prominent role in the filmmaking process then you are set. Additionally if your film is set in or concerns an aspect of the Southeast/Latin America then you're also set.

You MUST include a statement with your application that explains your and/or your film's relationship to the Southeast or Latin America.

If you wish to be considered for the Helen Hill Memorial Award, please include a statement saying so. This award is open to all female mediamakers.
Animation
This category is open to all animated films.

All submissions must have a tie to the Southeast (SC, NC, VA, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, LA, KY, AR, TX) or be from or about anywhere in Latin America. This requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways. If you are from or currently reside in the Southeast/Latin America and play a prominent role in the filmmaking process then you are set. Additionally if your film is set in or concerns an aspect of the Southeast/Latin America then you're also set.

You MUST include a statement with your application that explains your and/or your film's relationship to the Southeast or Latin America.

If you wish to be considered for the Helen Hill Memorial Award, please include a statement saying so. This award is open to all female mediamakers.
Student
This category is open to all films by student filmmakers that are 30 minutes or less in length.

All submissions must have a tie to the Southeast (SC, NC, VA, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, LA, KY, AR, TX) or be from or about anywhere in Latin America. This requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways. If you are from or currently reside in the Southeast/Latin America and play a prominent role in the filmmaking process then you are set. Additionally if your film is set in or concerns an aspect of the Southeast/Latin America then you're also set.

You MUST include a statement with your application that explains your and/or your film's relationship to the Southeast or Latin America.

If you wish to be considered for the Helen Hill Memorial Award, please include a statement saying so. This award is open to all female mediamakers.
Music Video
Open to music videos under 30 minutes long.

All submissions must have a tie to the Southeast (SC, NC, VA, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, LA, KY, AR, TX) or be from or about anywhere in Latin America. This requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways. If you are from or currently reside in the Southeast/Latin America and play a prominent role in the filmmaking process then you are set. Additionally if your film is set in or concerns an aspect of the Southeast/Latin America then you're also set.

You MUST include a statement with your application that explains your and/or your film's relationship to the Southeast or Latin America.

If you wish to be considered for the Helen Hill Memorial Award, please include a statement saying so. This award is open to all female mediamakers.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Indie Grits exists to provide DIY and experimental media-makers in the Southeast (and now, due to the 2017 festival theme, Visiones, Latin America as well) an exciting venue for showcasing their work. We want to show off the talent, energy, art, music and films emerging from these areas while broadening the creative culture in our hometown of Columbia and across the region.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Nickelodeon Theatre is excited to announce that the 11th Annual Indie Grits Film Festival will be held April 20-23, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. Celebrating 11 years of the best in low-budget film, media, and creative culture from across the Southeast and Latin America, 2017 will not be a year to miss!

In 2017 you will be able to celebrate with us our third festival theme: Visiones. In response to the explosive growth of the Latino community in South Carolina and across the Southeastern United States, Indie Grits will explore Latino influence on Southern culture. Because of this, for the first time, we are opening up film submissions to all of Latin America.

The Indie Grits Film Festival is a multi-day event that saw an average of over 10,000 visitors from 2013 to 2016. Filmmakers seek us out after premiering their films at festivals like SXSW and Sundance, and we were twice named one of the 20 “Coolest Film Festivals” in the world by Moviemaker Magazine in 2012 and 2014. Indie Grits is the premiere multi-day DIY, experimental film festival in South Carolina and the Southeast.

Propelled by a far-flung artistic vision, festival organizers sought to break down the walls intimidating Southern media makers by creating exhibition opportunities for work often overlooked elsewhere. The spirit of Indie Grits comes from the heart of its host, the Nickelodeon Theatre — South Carolina’s only non-profit, art house theatre – affectionately known as “The Nick.” We host a wide range of cultural events featuring the very best of art, music, and experimental media from the Southeast. Festival goers can come out and pick their poison: dark theaters, music in the streets, late night drinks with like-minded souls, the antics of crazy, sharp-witted, dream-casting puppeteers, and a world of art embedded into the very environment they inhabit.

Of course, our filmmakers come first. We offer dedicated support for filmmaker hospitality including a fully stocked filmmaker lounge, a filmmaker travel/lodging fund, and a range of awards and opportunities. The festival also offers panels, post screening talk-backs, video interviews, and our website, which acts as a reservoir and archive for all things Indie Grits, as well as a platform for future endeavors by our filmmakers.

A guiding principle is that independent media should be celebrated as an end in itself and not be looked at as simply a springboard to big budget movie making. With that in mind we look for truly unique, independent work that wouldn't necessarily find its way into other festivals.

Our festival is run by the Nick – not the chamber of commerce or the tourism board – and we think it shows. If your work embraces grittiness, transcends boundaries or defies categorization, we want it. If your work makes viewers confused, jubilant, curious, devastated, or outraged, we want it (especially if it can do all at once). Most importantly, if you had a great time making your piece and want to share it with others, we want it.

We hope you’ll consider submitting.


2017 AWARDS:

Top Grit - $500
Given to the top film as determined by our jury. Films from all categories are eligible to win this award.

Helen Hill Memorial Award - $500
Awarded to the best work by a female filmmaker, in honor of Columbia native and celebrated animator, filmmaker and teacher Helen Hill (1970-2007).

Visiones Award - $500
For the film considered by our jury to be the best in regards to the aims of our theme, Visiones.

OTHER AWARDS:

Big Grit

Short Grit

Animated Grit

The People's Grit
(Voted on by the public)

Experimental Grit

Animated Grit

Local Grit

ORGANIZERS

Andy Smith (Festival Co-Director); Seth Gadsden (Director)

GENERAL RULES

All submissions must have a tie to the Southeast (SC, NC, VA, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, LA, KY, AR, TX) or be from or about anywhere in Latin America. This requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways. If you are from or currently reside in the Southeast/Latin America and play a prominent role in the filmmaking process then you are set. Additionally if your film is set in or concerns an aspect of the Southeast/Latin America then you're also set.

You MUST include a statement with your application that explains your and/or your film's relationship to the Southeast or Latin America.

If you wish to be considered for the Helen Hill Memorial Award, please include a statement saying so. This award is open to all female mediamakers.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

All submissions must have a tie to the Southeast (SC, NC, VA, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, LA, KY, AR, TX) or be from or about anywhere in Latin America. This requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways. If you are from or currently reside in the Southeast/Latin America and play a prominent role in the filmmaking process then you are set. Additionally if your film is set in or concerns an aspect of the Southeast/Latin America then you're also set.

You MUST include a statement with your application that explains your and/or your film's relationship to the Southeast or Latin America.

If you wish to be considered for the Helen Hill Memorial Award, please include a statement saying so. This award is open to all female mediamakers.

The Indie Grits Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Indie Grits from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

The Indie Grits Film festival is now partnering with the University of South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collection (also known as MIRC) to keep an archive of the festival. It is our hope that this archive will provide future media-makers and researchers a durable record not only of independent media production in the Southeast but also of efforts to celebrate it. MIRC is widely known for its rich collection of Fox Movietone Reels from the early 20th century as well as having acquired a dense collection of nearly 2,000 Chinese Films in 2009.

In addition to the above terms, I/we understand that my/our film, which I/we submit to be considered for inclusion in the Indie Grits festival, will become part of the Indie Grits Archive at the University of South Carolina as part of its Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC). I/we agree that The University may make copies of the film as necessary for preservation and for on-site research access at MIRC. I/we also agree that the University and the Indie Grits festival may make and publicly distribute selections, excerpts, and/or frame enlargements from the film for purposes of promoting the Indie Grits Archive and/or Festival. I/we understand that I/we retain all commercial rights in the film. I/we affirm that I/we own all right and title to the work and can freely transfer the limited rights described above.