If you live in an apartment in Ridgeland, SC, this is a big week. Beaufort welcomes movie buffs from around the country at the 6th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival.
The Beaufort International Film Festival grew from 500 people the first year, to 5,000 people last year. The festival has cultivated a following across the country. Attendance has almost doubled every year since the festival began. Contestants this year come from as far away as California, Wisconsin and New York.
More than 30 filmmakers will attend this year's event, which started yesterday and runs through February 19th. Emmy-winning actor Powers Boothe will be honored with the Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Acting.
All screenings and workshops will be held at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts. Tickets are now available. Screenings will be Thursday through Saturday afternoon. An awards ceremony will be held Saturday night.
The Beaufort Film Society is a nonprofit, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to you from all areas of the film industry.
The festival turned a (very small) profit for the first time last year. It will cost about $30,000 to stage this year's festival, and festival coordinators hope to break even. Profits would go toward the next year's festival.
Information from ABC and Island Packet