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Wide Angle Project to address diversity issues in S.C. film, TV industries

Filmmaking lab seeks to increase diversity

Application deadline: August 31, 2020

The South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College announce a call for applications for the Wide Angle Project: a filmmaking lab designed to boost diversity and inclusion in South Carolina's television and film production industry.

Led by noted film producer Effie T. Brown (Real Women Have Curves, Dear White People and Project Greenlight), this comprehensive program consists of a series of training sessions from October 2020 to May 2021, exploring key elements of the industry: financing, pitching, legal, logistics, agents, DIY distribution, and more. This 8-month virtual lab is free for South Carolina residents. Effie T. Brown is an award winning film, television, and digital Producer, known for her highly acclaimed, multi-platform repertoire as well as championing inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, both behind and in front of the camera. Her company, Duly Noted Inc., continues to be dedicated to groundbreaking narratives that use genre to challenge and advance our culture in a disruptive way. Wide Angle Project is tailored for under-represented South Carolina filmmakers and other production professionals who are ready to take their talent and work to an international level. Applications for the program will be accepted until Aug. 31, 2020. Please see indiegrants.org for further information.

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Grants for S.C. filmmakers: the Indie Grants program

Application deadline May 31 The South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College invite South Carolina filmmakers to apply for Indie Grants. The program provides funding up to $12,500 for short films to create training opportunities for South Carolina media professionals and students. The program is accepting applications until May 31 at www.indiegrants.org. Part of the South Carolina Film Production Fund, the program awards grants for small production projects based on training potential, story, merit and prospective contributions to the cultural and historical fabric of South Carolina. All funded filmmakers are required to use Trident Technical College film students in their crews. Other resources provided to Indie Grant filmmakers include equipment, mentoring, professional script consulting, professional crew calls, collaborative critiques and film festival consulting. The public can find out more about the program at any of three meetings scheduled for April 2 (Columbia), April 3 (Greenville) and April 17 (Charleston). Read about the meeting details. Visit the Indie Grants website to find out more about the grant application process and to see film clips from past grant projects. In this brief video, previous Indie Grants participants talk about the benefits of filming in S.C. and having students on the crew:

  Via: South Carolina Film Commission