About Us

The Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival is the only one of its kind in the world, pairing acclaimed short stories with South Carolina filmmakers who adapt the stories into screenplays and short films.


The Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival celebrates indigenous South Carolina literature and cinema, providing opportunities for community-building among writers, filmmakers, and specialists across the film industry. Culminating in an annual short film festival of new works adapted from published short fiction, the project showcases South Carolina writers and filmmakers while engaging, educating, and inspiring the community with literature and cinema.


In 2012, the Hub City Writers Project and HUB-BUB held the first annual Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Seven Upstate filmmakers selected a story from the Hub City Press book Expecting Goodness to use as inspiration for a short film, and the project concluded with a sold-out festival night in March 2012 that screened all seven films and showcased the writers and filmmakers.

2013 saw even more success as two categories of filmmaker applicants were accepted into the festival: experienced and emerging. Community workshops on screenplay adaptation and film production were held in the months leading up to the main screening event. As well, the festival moved to a larger and more prestigious venue, the Chapman Cultural Center Theater. Again, sell-out crowds made the festival one of Upstate South Carolina’s most popular cultural events of the year.

In 2014, the University of South Carolina Upstate joined with HUB-BUB in organizing the third annual event. Spartanburg native and Hollywood and New York actress Celia Weston returned as a special guest and judge. The twelve films that debuted at the festival proved the strongest group thus far, and the Chapman Cultural Center proved once again the perfect venue for an event attracting audiences from across the state.

2015 promises to be another banner year for this unique celebration of literature and film. Don’t miss out!