The Indie Grits Film Festival is a 4-day event celebrating the visionary and experimental culture of the Southeast through film, art, music, and bits in Columbia, SC. In partnership with the Nickelodeon Theatre.


Our 2020 Festival Schedule will be live March 1st!

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Indie Grits 2020

Filmmaker Focus

Three days of FREE programs open to the public, aimed at supporting filmmakers currently working in the documentary and the doc-narrative hybrid field. Indie Grits has identified the need to be more than an exhibitor of emerging and established Southern voices. Filmmaker Focus is an open space for dialogue and collaboration in which filmmakers can find support in every level of their projects from pre-production to post. Work-in-progress screenings, panels, workshops, and more make this festival track a unique, resourceful experience for filmmakers and film-lovers alike.

Filmmaker Focus partners include the Southern Documentary Fund, the International Documentary Association, Working Films, the SC Film Commission and more.

Indie Grits: March 26-29 2020


Get Your Festival Pass Today!


Get ahead of schedule by purchasing a festival pass! With over 100 films, and a slew of art, music, and tech events around downtown Columbia this year, we are excited to share with you what we have in store for our fourteenth annual festival. Our official schedule drops March 01, 2020! $100 for Nickelodeon Theatre members and $150 for the general public. Festival passes grant you full access to the festival—film screenings, puppet slams, music, and more.

Click here to learn more:

Indie Grits Labs Fellowship


Real Fiction Project Premiere March 26th @ 7pm


In 2019-2020 the Indie Grits Labs Fellowship program is focusing on current News & Media Literacy issues facing our local Southern communities through the “Real Fiction Project.” 2020 promises a reality in which false information travels faster and more abundantly than factual information. Truth finds itself sliding on an unstable spectrum, and conspiracy theories thrive in ever increasing “news deserts” in our local, Southern communities. Media artworks based on this theme will be revealed by the Fellowship during the 2020 Indie Grits Festival.

Click here to learn about this year’s fellows:

A Look At Our

Festival Events

Whether it’s free parties at Richland Library or Cottontown, SC, puppetry, live music, zines, or free film screenings, we have a little bit of everything this year! Check back on March 1st for the full line-up of events. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak.

Get Involved!


Volunteer for Indie Grits 2020


Interested in volunteering for Indie Grits? Join the team! Our volunteers represent the very best of Columbia. Your dedication and hard work makes Indie Grits proud, and without you none of it would be possible. Outside of our undying gratitude for your time and effort, you will receive free passes to films and events!

Click here to become an IG volunteer!

Our 2020 Festival Schedule will be live March 1st!

Check back soon for all the juicy details.