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.

Year two 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.

The 2014 incarnation of the Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival happens at the Chapman Cultural Center theater on Saturday, June 14 and promises to be the festival’s best year yet.