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10th Annual Indie Grits Sees Ten Thousand in Festival Attendance

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Indie Grits, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival for DIY media-makers hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, took place April 14-17, 2016. The four-day festival reports an approximate 28 percent increase in attendance over last year’s five-day festival.

In celebration of ten years of Indie Grits all festival events offered free admission, thanks to a Central Carolina Community Foundation Connected Communities grant. The festival’s theme, Waterlines, featured works by local artists responding to South Carolina’s historic flooding in October 2015.

“It’s very exciting to see how the festival, and the city, have grown over the past 10 years,” said Andy Smith, founder and co-director of Indie Grits. “And because this year’s events were all free, we were able to thank our community for their support. But we couldn’t do it without the incredible artists that submit their work for us to showcase at Indie Grits.”

In addition to a robust film competition with 59 films, Indie Grits also hosted music, tech, and art events through the four-day festival, including a free all-day River Concert headlined by bounce artist Big Freedia. In total, Indie Grits worked with 225 artists and performers for this year’s festival.

Indie Grits also announces film competition winners:

  • The People’s Grit (chosen by the public via ballots at each screening): The Color of Fire
  • 2016 Filmmaker Fellow Award (voted on by selected filmmakers at the festival): I, Destini
  • Curators’ Grits (voted on by the curators, programmers and festival staff): The Boatman
  • Helen Hill Memorial Award (best work by a female filmmaker): Body Contours

For more details on 2017’s festival, stay tuned to www.indiegrits.com or contact Seth Gadsden, festival co-director at Seth@IndieGrits.com, (803) 254-8324. Follow @IndieGrits on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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