Pardon the Intrusion took home the award for Best Film at the 2015 Charleston International Film Festival. Keep in Touch took home the Jury Award for Best Feature, while The Parker Tribe and Omo Child: The River and the Bush (pictured above) won Jury Awards for Best Short and Best Documentary, respectively. Jeff Affrunti was awarded Best Screenplay for Survival of the Fittest.
The festival attendees echoed the jury’s choice for best documentary and recognized Girl on the Edge for Best Feature, If I Could Talk for Best Short, El Alpinista for Best Foreign Film, and Claire & The Keys for Best Animation.
The special honors of Best Actress and Best Actor went to Sterling Jerins for her role in Before the Bomb and Ben Condron for his performance in Hunter’s Fall.
Charleston IFF also presented a new award this year. The “Outstanding Supporter of the Arts” award—which will live on in perpetuity—was awarded to Mayor Joseph P. Riley for his incredible contributions to establishing and growing the arts scene in Charleston, ongoing support of the Film Festival, and service to the Charleston-area community as a whole. Mayor Riley’s son, Joe Riley III, accepted the award on his behalf.
Summer Peacher, Charleston IFF Co-Founder and Executive Director said, “We’re thrilled with how much the Festival has grown over the past eight years—from the highly competitive film selection process to the continued increase in event attendance. We’re so grateful to everyone who had a role in making this year an incredible success.”