The South Carolina Film Commission is accepting applications from independent film makers for grants to support short-film projects.
The Production Fund, which will be offered in collaboration with the University of South Carolina and Trident Technical College, will provide grant funds for one major short-film project valued at $100,000, and up to six mini-grants for smaller short films funded on an as-needed basis (from $2,000 to $10,000 for each project).
The Production Fund was created to develop collaborative projects between the film industry and institutions of higher learning. The projects help independent producers and other professionals in the motion picture industry work to build a talent pool of students and people already in the field who want to sharpen their skills. Projects that receive the mini-grants will be managed through Trident Tech for the 2010-2011 academic year and will be part of the curriculum of the Division of Film, Media, and Visual Arts. The single, major short-film project that is awarded the $100,000 grant will be managed through USC for the 2011-2012 school year and will be part of the curriculum of the USC Media Arts Area of the Art Department, collaborating with USC's Theater Department.
In addition to offering production grants, the Film Commission will host a series of seminars from August 2010 to July 2011 for media professionals and students studying film in South Carolina. Sessions will cover lighting, directing, location management, producing, and safety workshops.
For information on the grants or the workshops, visit the SC Film Commission Web site.