Watch our 2016 Indie Grits Recap Video!

Video editing by Dalia Hussein. Music by TOMBOi.

Getting antsy waiting on Indie Grits 2017 to begin? We’re hard at work curating films, reaching out to musicians, and gathering all kinds of art of for Visiones 2017, but we’ve made this recap of last year’s Waterlines festival to satisfy your grits cravings.

In 2016, we welcomed filmmakers, puppeteers, musicians, and other innovative minds to the Nick, and we can’t wait to do it all again in 2017. For those that participated in Waterlines, this recap video will take you back. For all of you Indie Grits newcomers, watch this video to get ready for the overwhelming creativity and southern hospitality you’ll experience when you attend our upcoming festival. Stay tuned for more throwbacks to last year and sneak peeks of Visiones 2017.

Until then, happy watching and we’ll see you April 20-23!

Calling all Indie Gamers!

Submit to Indie Bits 2017

Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2017

Indie Bits is an arts and education organization that aims to design and promote inclusive gaming experiences for all. Founded in Columbia, SC and focused on the Southeast, Indie Bits cultivates thoughtful production, education, and community oriented expression with regard to games, technology advancement, social outreach, and code-based learning. Building from their public exhibitions at the Indie Grits Film Festival, the Indie Bits leadership seeks to facilitate powerful creative gaming experiences via educational services, creative curation, and collective media literacy.

In the past, Indie Bits has featured digital media, ranging from casual to experimental. This year, we are excited to expand our family to include tabletop gaming. Simply put: if it’s interactive, independent, and connects to the southeast — we want to see it.

Benefits of acceptance into the Indie Grits community (other than being a part of the most exciting festival in the Southeast) include:

  • Access to private artist lounge with food and drink
  • Complimentary transportation to and from the airport (handled by us not you)
  • Free access to several music concerts
  • Free access to late night parties, and other special programs

Click here to learn more and submit


Meet Indie Grits Intern Rachel Pittman!


Rachel Pittman is a student, journalist and new Indie Grits Visiones intern from Atlanta, Ga. She is in her second year at the University of South Carolina, where she studies print journalism in hopes of breaking into the newspaper business before it dies out completely. Her work has been published in The Free Times, The Daily Gamecock, The Forsyth County News, The Lettered Olive, The Gwinnett Times and on her own very self-important blog. On any given day, Rachel can be found writing, ranting about politics, cooking, re-watching her favorite movies (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Annie Hall and Fargo) or purchasing yet another black turtleneck to add to her collection.

Read more here:

I, Destini is a NYT Op-Doc!

Indie Grits 2016 Filmmaker Fellow Award winner, I, Destini, was recently featured in The New York Times Opinion Section! Congratulations to directors Destini Riley and Nicholas Pilarski on this awesome recognition.

I, Destini is about a teenager’s memories of her brother’s incarceration, told through melancholy, incisive poetry and hallucinatory animation.

Watch it here: