Charleston International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Charleston International Film Festival

SINCE: 2008

WHERE: Charleston, South Carolina, USA

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF) was created in 2007 to bring people together through the art and science of film. Charleston International Film Festival is an international film competition, dedicated to showcasing the art and talent of emerging filmmakers from the U.S. and around the globe in a city known for its deep-rooted American history. There will also be a screenplay competition.

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“Pardon the Intrusion” “Keep in Touch” “Omo Child: The River and the Bush” Among Winners of 2015 Charleston International Film Festival

“Pardon the Intrusion” “Keep in Touch” “Omo Child: The River and the Bush” Among Winners of 2015 Charleston International Film Festival

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 WANNABE Starring Patricia Arquette to Open 2015 Charleston International Film Festival

THE WANNABE Starring Patricia Arquette to Open 2015 Charleston International Film Festival

The 8th annual Charleston International Film Festival (Charleston IFF) will showcase 86 films from the U.S. and around the world, and kicks off next Wednesday evening with an Opening Night Reception on John Street, followed by a special screening event at Charleston Music Hall of The Wannabe. Written and directed by the incredible Nick Sandow with executive producers Martin Scorsese and Dean Delvin, The Wannabe is a gripping crime drama starring Vincent Piazza, Patricia Arquette, […]

Charleston International Film Festival Moves to the Fall and to Charleston Music Hall

Charleston International Film Festival Moves to the Fall and to Charleston Music Hall

In its eighth year, Charleston International Film Festival (Charleston IFF) is moving its five-day celebration of film—typically held in April—to the fall with the 2015 Festival taking place November 4–8. The Festival is also changing venues, moving exclusively to Charleston Music Hall this year for its intimate feel and superior acoustics for film. Summer Peacher, Charleston IFF Co-Founder and President said, “We’re excited to build on the momentum created from last year’s Festival; these changes will help […]

7th Charleston International Film Festival Wraps; “Grape” Wins Best Film

7th Charleston International Film Festival Wraps; “Grape” Wins Best Film

 2014 Charleston International Film Festival (Charleston IFF)

The seventh annual Charleston International Film Festival (Charleston IFF) culminated in an Awards Gala where Grape took home the award for Best Film and Amber Karlins was awarded Best Screenplay for Aurora3 Mile Limit, written and directed by Craig Newland, took home the Jury Award for Best Feature, while Harry Grows Up and The Lady in Number 6: Music Changed by Life won Jury Awards for Best Short and Best Documentary, respectively.  

Free Workshops at the 2014 Charleston International Film Festival

Free Workshops at the 2014 Charleston International Film Festival

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 Charleston International Film Festival unveiled its 2014 workshop schedule, which includes a session with esteemed casting directors Laray Mayfield (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Laura Verbeke (Flight of the Conchords), as well as actor and former professional athlete Ed Marinaro (Hill Street Blues, Blue Mountain State).

The four workshops planned for the seventh annual festival this April 9th – 13th feature insight and advice from the best in the business on topics ranging from casting and acting to video editing and virtual cinematography. As always, these valuable sessions are free and open to the public.

Sneak Preview of DRAFT DAY, Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner to Open Charleston International Film Festival

Sneak Preview of DRAFT DAY, Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner to Open Charleston International Film Festival

 DRAFT DAY, starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, and Sam ElliottDRAFT DAY, starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, and Sam Elliott

The 7th Annual Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF), taking place April 9th to 13th, 2014, in historic downtown Charleston, revealed a lineup 78 films, including features, documentaries, animations, and shorts, including from the festival’s own Lowcountry film community.

This year’s opening day feature is a sneak preview of the soon-to-be released film DRAFT DAY, starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, and Sam Elliott. Directed by Ivan Reitman, who produced the cult-classic Animal House and directed family-favorite films such as Ghostbusters, DRAFT DAY follows general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) on the day of the NFL Draft, as he has the opportunity to rebuild his team if he can trade for the number one draft pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL. Football and film fans alike are sure to love this sports drama, which won’t release into theaters until April 11.

“A House, A Home,” “Commencement” Among Top Winning Films From 2013 Charleston International Film Festival

“A House, A Home,” “Commencement” Among Top Winning Films From 2013 Charleston International Film Festival

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The 2013 Charleston International Film Festival closed on Sunday night with the Awards Gala, where legendary cinematographer Bill Butler received the festival’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

A House, A Home took the award for Best Film and William Blake was awarded Best Screenplay for his work Isaiah’s Rest – An Edisto Ghost Story. The Jury Awards were given to Breaking at the Edge for Best Feature in which Rebecca Da Costa and Milo Ventimiglia played the leading roles. The film was directed by Peter Antonijevic, and produced by Peter D. Graves, David A. Jones, and Warren Ostergard. Nissar Modi was the writer. Other Jury Awards included Smile for Best Short, and Solo La Caña for Best Documentary.

Cinematographer Bill Butler to Receive Charleston International Film Festival Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

Cinematographer Bill Butler to Receive Charleston International Film Festival Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Bill Butler, the respected and innovative cinematographer, who has worked on films including Jaws, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Grease, Rocky II – IV, Flipper, Stripes, Anaconda and many, many more will be honored at the 2013 Charleston International Film Festival.

To celebrate Butler and his contributions to the industry, Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF), is presenting him with the festival’s inaugural lifetime achievement award. The award will be presented during the Awards Gala and festival finale on Sunday, April 28.

Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Award Winners; “LA I Hate You” Wins Best Film

Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Award Winners; “LA I Hate You” Wins Best Film

The 4th Annual Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF), South Carolina’s premiere event for independent filmmakers and film enthusiasts, would like to announce and congratulate its 2011 Award Winners presented at the Awards Gala held at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.   Golden Crescent Award-Golden Crescent Award for Best Film : “LA I Hate You” – Produced by Warren Ostergard Jury Awards– Best Feature: “Angel Camouflaged” – Written and Directed by Michael Givens– Best Short: […]

Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Official Selections

Charleston International Film Festival Announces 2011 Official Selections

The 4th Annual Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF), scheduled to run five days May 18-22, 2011 in South Carolina, announced its 2011 Official Selections. With a lineup of over 70 films from 9 countries, the CIFF will expand from one to three venues.  The American Theater on King St. will serve as the hub where the majority of the films will be shown, Cinebarre will be screening multiple blocks, and the Hippodrome will be hosting […]