Folks from all over the globe will be invading Beaufort for the Twelfth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival coming up February 21st through the 25th. Considered one of the fastest growing film festivals in the southeast, festival organizers are expecting their biggest crowds yet. With over 12,000 attending some part of the five day festival in 2017, even more are expected to visit town and attend the event this year.
Beaufort gets excited every February and goes on a ‘star watch’, as past film festivals have brought film & TV stars to town including Andie MacDowell, Powers Boothe, Gary Weeks, Vanna White and Tom Berenger.
This year’s event also marks the inaugural presentation of the Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is being presented to legendary military technical advisor, actor, and author, Dale Dye.
“If you look at his body of work in the film industry over the past three decades, read the stories from the directors he has worked with like Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and Oliver Stone, you’ll see why we’re so very honored to present the first Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award to Hollywood Legend Dale Dye,” stated Beaufort Film Society President Ron Tucker.
Dye’s career includes roles in Platoon, Billionaire Boys Club, Rules of Engagement, Born on the 4th of July, Natural Born Killers and many many more.
Set Decorator Missy Ricker will receive the festival’s prestigious Behind the Scenes Award for her nearly 20 years of career achievements in the film and television industries.
“The Behind the Scenes Award is presented to a South Carolina film or television professional who very often works quietly off camera but whose efforts are vital to the success of team production efforts. Those many unheralded moments sometimes spanning an entire career are recognized with this award,” stated Ron Tucker, President, Beaufort Film Society.
Ricker has worked on several films including Runaway Bride starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, Virus starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland; and television series including Army Wives, The Sinner and Eastbound & Down.
Awards at the Film Festival will be presented in the areas of Features, Documentaries (Feature and Short), Short Films, Student Films, Screenplays, Animation. Comedy and Audience Choice. Also, winners will be named for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director.
“Our Official Selections represent the very best in filmmaking brilliance. Every human emotion will be affected ranging from intense anxiety to a pull to the funny bone.” said Rebecca Tucker, Festival Co-Director.
The Opening Night Reception is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st from 6 to 8pm at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort. From then, enjoy three days of film screenings of nearly 60 films up for festival awards at the USCB Center for the Arts along with a Screenwriters Workshop and a Film & Digital Media Symposium too.
The festival wraps up on Sunday, February 25th with a huge Awards Ceremony at the Center for the Arts with a cocktail hour starting at 6pm.