Films in competition are eligible for a variety of prestigious awards bestowed by our jury, made up of individuals with original and diverse points of view from the film community. We’re no strangers to talent here at Indie Grits. Each year, we bring on the best and the brightest in the filmmaking world, who hail from across the Southeast and beyond, to help us celebrate this year’s crop of moviemaking talent. In addition, we invite audiences to vote for their favorites with the Audience Award, which goes to one film in-competition.

2019 Film Awards

Top Grit – $1000

Given to the top film as determined by our jury. Films from all categories are eligible to win this award.

Helen Hill Memorial Award – $500

Awarded to the best work by a female filmmaker, in honor of Columbia native and celebrated animator, filmmaker and teacher Helen Hill (1970-2007).

Big Grit – $500

Given to the top feature film.

Short Grit – $500

Given to the top short film.

Animated Grit – $250

Given to the top animated film.

The People’s Grit – $250

Awarded tot he film considered best as determined by a public vote.

Experimental Grit – $250

Given to the top experimental film.

Youth Grit – $250

Given to the top student film.

Local Grit – $250

Given to the top film from South Carolina.

Meet our 2019 Festival Jurors

Jurors will be announced by March 01, 2019.