Anchored by the spirit of its host, the Nickelodeon Theatre – South Carolina’s only non-profit, art house theatre – Indie Grits has become an annual pilgrimage for independent artists in search of community.
What started as a DIY festival for a tight-knit and dedicated audience, Indie Grits has grown into a staple of the city’s cultural life, giving novice to advanced media makers from across the Southeast a venue for sharing their interest in independent media making, while also giving thousands of visitors and locals access to a progressive cultural life unmatched in the Southeast.
The twelfth annual Indie Grits Festival features a juried film competition that focuses on empowering all levels of Southern filmmakers with an independent mentality and far-reaching artistic scope and will take place April 12-15, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. Accepted Indie Grits films must have some connection to the Southeastern United States, and this year, nearly half of our 83 films are by female filmmakers and 10 percent of our films are by Latinx filmmakers. Indie Grits films tell honest, Southern stories that are inclusive of all voices, especially those usually marginalized.
Indie Grits Festival, a program of Indie Grits Labs, also includes a full lineup of engaging cultural events unmatched in the Southeast, including Indie Bits (an indie video gaming showcase), a full lineup of performances from bands, Kindie Grits (filmmaking basics for children) and a puppet slam. Indie Grits Festival will also premier the work of the Indie Grits Labs Fellows, who have been working for nearly a year with the idea of “Two Cities,” to produce new artworks that address race, gentrification, arts funding inequities, housing displacement, and unification of the North Main corridor here in Columbia.