Beaufort International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Beaufort International Film Festival
SINCE: 2007
WHERE: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA
WEBSITE: www.beaufortfilmfestival.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The mission of the Beaufort International Film Festival is to enliven our community by fostering and developing a rich appreciation for the art of filmmaking.

In 2007 the Beaufort Regional Film Commission presented the inaugural Beaufort Film Festival. The purpose of the festival is to recognize aspiring filmmakers of almost every genre to include independent film, music, animation, short and long features, documentaries, and screenwriting.It is also an opportunity to showcase the beautiful “film-friendly” region of Beaufort and the Carolina Sea Islands.

For the past quarter of a century Beaufort has served as the backdrop for more than 20 major motion pictures, to include Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, The Prince of Tides, and many more. Through this festival we will reintroduce our sweeping marsh vistas, antebellum homes, and quiet charm of the old south to a new generation of filmmakers.

2015 Beaufort International Film Festival to Honor Andie MacDowell & Announces Film Finalists

2015 Beaufort International Film Festival to Honor Andie MacDowell & Announces Film Finalists

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The Ninth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival starting February 11 and continuing to February 15, 2015, in the historic coastal town of Beaufort, SC announces the film finalists.  BIFF 2015 will unveil the inaugural award for the Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award, presented to that person whose career achievements in the areas of film, television or music have reflected positively on themselves and the state of South Carolina. The first award will be presented to Model and Actress Andie MacDowell, originally from Gaffney, SC. Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter and Best Selling Author Pat Conroy will present this inaugural award. Steve Rhea from Charleston, SC, will be presented the “Behind the Scenes” Award for his more than 30 years of work as a Film Location Specialist.

Andie MacDowell to Receive Inaugural Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award at 2015 Beaufort International Film Festival

Andie MacDowell to Receive Inaugural Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award at 2015 Beaufort International Film Festival

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Multi-talented actress and model, Andie MacDowell, will be presented the inaugural Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award at the 9th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival being held February 11 – 15, 2015.  The award will be presented during the festival awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14 by internationally recognized best-selling author and Beaufort, South Carolina resident, Pat  Conroy.

Winners Announced at 2014 Beaufort International Film Festival

Winners Announced at 2014 Beaufort International Film Festival

THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU

The Eighth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival concluded on February 15th with the winners being announced in 9 categories and the presentation of the first ever Behind the Scenes Award. The award for Best Feature went to THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU, directed by Katharyn Grant and the award for Best Documentary went to AKA, DOC POMUS, directed by William Hechter and Peter Miller.  The top award went to Film Editor and two-time Oscar Winner Arthur Schmidt (Forrest Gump and Who Framed Roger Rabbit). He was awarded the prestigious Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Film Editing.

Finalists Named for 2014 Beaufort International Film Festival

Finalists Named for 2014 Beaufort International Film Festival

 Eighth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival Poster

The Eighth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival taking place from February 12 to 16, 2014, has announced the finalists of the 34 films and screenplays selected in the categories of animation, documentary, short film, student film and features to screen at the upcoming festival. Many of the entries are from repeat finalists or winners. Of note among the finalists is the clean sweep of the student film category by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Beaufort International International Film Festival Announces 2014 Festival Dates

Beaufort International International Film Festival Announces 2014 Festival Dates

The 8th annual Beaufort International International Film Festival (BIFF) will be held February 12 – 16, 2014, in Beaufort, SC.  The festival is now accepting entries from filmmakers; Categories for competition are: Features , Documentaries, Short Films, Student Films, Animation, and Screenplays.  The Early Bird deadline for submissions is July 31, 2013 with the final deadline being October 31, 2013. 

RIP: Producer and director Chris Brinker Dies Suddenly

RIP: Producer and director Chris Brinker Dies Suddenly

Producer and director Chris Brinker, best known for producing The Boondock Saints died suddenly Friday morning in Los Angeles California. According to reports, the 42-year-old producer was rushed to a Marina Del Rey hospital late Thursday night after experiencing a sharp pain in his chest and then later transferred to Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center where his 4 a.m. surgery was unable to fix an aortic aneurysm he’d suffered. Chris is survived by his family and longtime fiancee, Erika Bruun-Anderson. Chris Brinker will still […]

2013 Beaufort International Film Festival to run February 13 – 17, Announces Finalists

2013 Beaufort International Film Festival to run February 13 – 17, Announces Finalists

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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

Beaufort International Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

Beaufort International Film Festival Announces 2013 Dates

The Beaufort International Film Festival returns to the historic waterfront city for its seventh year and will feature approximately 30 independent films and screenplays between February 13 and 17, 2013 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Performing Arts.  The festival concludes with an awards ceremony on February 17. The schedule will be announced in early 2013

Happy New Year and Awaken the Dragon Win at 2012 Beaufort International Film Festival

Happy New Year and Awaken the Dragon Win at 2012 Beaufort International Film Festival

New York filmmaker K. Lorrel Manning’s Happy New Year won the Best Feature Film award at the 6th Beaufort International Film Festival in Beaufort, South Carolina. In Happy New Year, Sgt. Cole Lewis, mentally and physically scarred by his time served in Iraq and Afghanistan, finds humanity, compassion and friendship in a group of similarly injured veterans in the psychiatric ward at a remote Veterans Hospital. Through humor and pathos, Lewis becomes a ray of […]