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The Beaufort International Film Festival scheduled for February 13 – 17, 2013 in Beaufort, South Carolina, is gearing up to be a huge event. Tickets officially went on sale earlier this week.

Ron Tucker, President of the Beaufort Film Society, the organizer of the festival, said more than 7,000 people participated in last year’s festival and he expects an even greater turnout this year. “We will present more than thirty screenings to include shorts, documentaries, animated films and student productions and we look forward to hosting some exciting special guests and celebrities again this year. This may be our best festival yet.”  

Among the events, Mike Tollin, Director of the film, Radio, which was shot in the Lowcountry (Walterboro) in 2003, will accept the Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. The real life “Radio”, James Robert Kennedy (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.), and Coach Harold Jones (played by Ed Harris), will also attend the festival.

Indie filmmaker Chris Brinker, producer and director of the soon-to-be-released motion picture, Whisky Bay, will conduct a Q and A on the making of the film along with the film’s star, Tom Berenger. Brinker will also be honored by the festival with the inaugural Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award, named after the Civi War hero who rose from being a slave to a U. S. Congressman. 

 And for the films, the festival announced the finalists in categories including Animation, Documentary, Shorts, Student Films, Screen Play, Best Actor and Best Director. 

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held the evening of February 16.

BIFF 2013 Finalists


Fish & Chicks
Daniel Berkowitz, Director
Winston Salem, NC

Hamsters Want to be Free
Carla Young, Director
Hilton Head Island, SC

Mechanical Cow
Carla Young, Director
Hilton Head Island, SC

Mimi & Gack
Larry Lauria, Director
Apopka, FL

Old Angel
Dony Chiang, Director


A Sister’s Call
Kyle Tekiela, Director
Atlanta, GA

As Goes Janesville
Brad Lichtenstein, Director
Milwaukee, WI

Besa: The Promise
Rachel Goslins, Director
Takoma Park, MD

Cards Against A Wall
Tim Fennell, Director
Charleston, SC

Death By China
Peter Navarro, Director
Lugana Beach, CA

Granny’s Got Game
Angela Alford, Director
Raleigh, NC

Colored Confederates:
Susi Collins, Director
San Francisco,


1426 Chelsea Street
Alanna Brown, Director
Burbank, CA

Crocodile Nile
Javier Dampierre, Director
Madrid, Spain

Chad Matthews
Santa Monica, CA

High Heels & Hoodoo
Brian Rish, Director
West Columbia, SC

The Projectionist
Andy Rovira, Director
Miami, FL

The Runner
Jan Fincke, Producer
Berlin, Germany

The Scattered City
William Aughtry, Director
Little Rock, AR

V W Scheich, Director
Playa Del Rey, CA

Wolf Call
Rob Underhill, Director
Raleigh, NC


The Collegians  –  Florida State Univ.
Shoot the Moon – Chapman Univ. / Dodge College
Children of Kabul  – Wake Forest Univ.Sergeant Townsend  – UNC School of the Arts
No Wine Left Behind – Stanford Univ.
Dawn – Savannah College of Art & Design


The Gene Dillard Story
Marcia Chandler Rhea, Writer
Charleston, SC

Warrior and the Beast
Erik Bernard, Writer
Port Wentworth, GA

The Stavros Agenda
Amy Bailey, Writer
Thomson, GA 

William Blackmon, Writer
Darlington, AL

McIntyre’s Mountain
Miriam Goldman and Nathan Goldman, Writers
Houston, TX

Quest for Light: Adventure of the Maji
Byron Anderson, Writer
Chevy Chase, MD

Bad Advice for Good People
Gary Weeks, Writer
Atlanta, GA

Marvel Rose
Margaret Ford Rogers and Dane Krogman
Charleston, SC

The Badminton Warrior
Tom Radovich, Writer
Monroe Center, IL

The Manifest
Shelia and Tony Watson
Charleston, SC


Alec Shaw  (Sergeant Townsend- Student Film UNCSA)
Steven Maier (Sergeant Townsend – Student Film UNCSA)
Pamela Bowen  (Shoot the Moon – Student Film Dodge College)
Rachel Grate (Shoot the Moon – Student Film Dodge College)
Mike Wiley (Wolf Call – Short Film)
Ryan Simpkins (1426 Chelsea St. – Short Film)


Rachel Goskins  –  Besa: The Promise
Chad Matthews   – Detention
Bryan Lewis   – The Collegians 
Alexander Gaeta  – Shoot the Moon
Wolf Call – Rob Underhill

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