Five South Carolina short film projects will receive grants that provide essential funding and encourage production in the state.

The Indie Grant program, a joint partnership between the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College, is providing the support.

The 2013-2014 Indie Grant projects and filmmakers are:

“Coffee Date,” a comedy by Charleston filmmaker James Edward Tilden.

“Dustin & Hoffman,” adventure fiction by Charleston filmmaker Dan Jones.

“The Man Who Wouldn’t Die,” a stop-motion animated movie by Mount Pleasant filmmaker Taylor Wentworth.

“The Masque of the Red Death,” part music video and part short film by Greenville filmmaker Stephen Boatright.

“Last Night at the Ellington,” a drama by Greenville filmmaker Geoffrey Gunn.

Besides providing funding for movie productions, the Indie Grant program functions as a training opportunity for Trident Technical College film students. Each funded project employs two to six students.