Indie Grits Film Festival

Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast‘s premier film and culture festival in Columbia, S.C. for DIY media-makers, will take place April 15-19, 2015, and for the first time, the festival will have a theme: “Future Perfect.” Additionally, 2015‘s Indie Grits will feature visual artists with a connection to the Southeast whose work will enhance Columbia‘s public spaces during the festival for a multi-faceted exhibit, thanks to funding by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The ninth annual Indie Grits, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina‘s oldest art-house cinema located on Main Street in South Carolina‘s capital city, will feature five full days of the best DIY short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances from South Carolina and the Southeast. Indie Grits has twice been named one of MovieMaker magazine‘s Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. In addition to competition films screening at the Nickelodeon Theatre and Tapp‘s throughout the festival, Indie Grits has several special events planned. Indie Grits 2015 schedule of events (stay tuned to as events and times are finalized): “¢

Wednesday, April 15 o

6-11 p.m.: Opening Night Party, Boyd Plaza. Free admission for this popular party. Enjoy live music by Charlotte-based Hectorina, curated pop-up cinema in the Mini-Cine (made of a recycled shipping container) and more. “¢

Thursday, April 16 o

6-9 p.m.: Future Perfect: This year‘s artists will show their visual artworks installed in venues up and down Main Street. o

8 p.m.: Fork & Spoon Records will celebrate their fifth anniversary with an artist showcase at Music Farm. “¢

Friday, April 17 o

9 p.m.: Back by popular demand, Toby Lou brings his Weekly Revue variety show from New Orleans to Columbia at the Big Apple. o

11 p.m. – 5 a.m.: All-night taco party at The Whig “¢

Saturday, April 18 o

A full day of events including Kindie Grits and its animation workshop for children, Hip Hop Family Day, the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam, and the Indie Grits Closing Party. “¢

Sunday, April 19 o

Slow Food at Indie Grits brings the best chefs in Columbia together as they each prepare a dish that features local, sustainable ingredients. o

Indie Grits will screen the juried film competition winning films in single programs throughout the afternoon at The Nick. Additionally tech enthusiasts will enjoy gaming opportunities at Indie Bits with indie games placed in various venues around Main Street. And Indie Grits attendees will also find tech events at ConvergeSC and POSSCON, as their conferences overlap with Indie Grits in downtown Columbia. “Forty percent of attendees from last year‘s Indie Grits lived outside of Columbia, and we want to do more to attract even more out-of-town participants,” said Seth Gadsden, co-director of Indie Grits Film Festival. “Our participant and attendance numbers are growing each year, but folks tell us again and again that they want to be able to attend more Indie Grits events while they‘re in town. So a five-day format will concentrate all the events you‘ve come to love about Indie Grits, plus some events we‘re adding, like our brand-new artist residency program and art exhibitions. We‘re hoping a jam-packed festival will mean that more people will bring a critical mass to downtown Columbia during Indie Grits.” For more information on Indie Grits, visit or contact Seth Gadsden, festival co-director at, (803) 254-8324. Follow @IndieGrits on Twitter and Facebook. ###