The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019

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Indie Grits Festival

March 2020 / Columbia, South Carolina / indiegrits.org

What began as a startup festival for experimental film enthusiasts has grown, 13 years on, into a cinema signal beaming out to artistically curious, progressive, independent minds the world over. Indie Grits Festival is hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre — South Carolina’s only non-profit arthouse. Festival alumni have shown at SXSW and Sundance, and IGF goes over-board to accommodate emerging talent, offering a moviemaker lodging/travel fund, a moviemaker lounge, panels, interview opportunities, awards and prizes. The top prize of $1,000 is known as the Top Grit; there’s the Big Grit, for $500, the People’s Grit for $250, and so on. (Though strangely, there is no True Grit.) Says one panelist: “I love the Nickelodeon Theater and Seth Gadsden and his team do a great job at not only regionally-specific programming, but also creating a community and delivering a good time in Columbia—who knew? All of that creates a specific brand and experience that make for a creativity-conducive festival.”

Moviemaker Charlotte Taylor leads the Kindie Grits Animation Workshop at Indie Grits 2019. Photograph by Sean Rayford

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1 Comment

  1. Maria Santagati

    August 1, 2019 at 5:28 am

    The Artis Center in Naples, Fl is really extraordinary. It’s the hub of performing arts, music, and film in Southwest Florida. It’s the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Symphony all in one – with art and entertainment for all ages. One of the things that impressed me most was the cultural campus for children, with programs for art and music in the form of summer camps, infusing art and music (and the importance of it) at a young age.

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