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Every Fall, discover what makes Charleston, South Carolina the destination of choice for art and culture. Join us for an inspiring celebration of the art and science of film and screenwriting, in a city known for its alluring landscapes, enduring architecture, world class cuisine, and unrivaled hospitality.

The Charleston International Film Festival accomplishes their mission to educate, entertain, and inspire by showcasing the works of veteran and emerging writers and filmmakers, from the U.S. and around the globe in the beautiful coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina.

The five day event kicks off with an amazing Opening Night reception at the world class Charleston Music Hall in downtown Charleston, and continues with features, shorts, documentaries and animations of all genre and subject matter. Some of the many past interesting events for attendees have included a screenplay spectacular where live actors bring scripts to life on stage, Q&A's with industry pros Chris Brigham and Laray Mayfield, virtual production, editing, and principles of animation workshops, script to screen seminars, and even camera drone operations. (The Charleston International Film Festival is a 501(c)3non profit organization and offers workshops and seminars free of charge to attendees).

We love to show Filmmakers and Screenwriters some southern hospitality in Charleston. In addition to the above, all are cordially invited to nightly socials, special photography and history tours, participation in interviews and podcasts, daily happy hours and meeting interesting new people in the inventivENVIRONMENTS Lounge, and of course the Awards Ceremony.

Thank you for considering the Charleston International Film Festival for you next project, we would be honored to hear from you. For discount submissions, email, subject line ' Discount Submissions"


Call for Entries - Charleston International Film Festival, American Theater, May 18-22, 2011

Charleston International Film Festival announces 2011 Dates and Call for Submissions Charleston, SC – We are very excited to announce that the 4th Annual Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF) will be held at the classic and swanky American Theater in historic downtown Charleston, SC (USA), May 18–22, 2011. 

Please visit our website for more information and instructions on submitting entries for our upcoming festival.  SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN  In its first three years, CIFF has built a reputation as being a “Do Not Miss” event by bringing quality films and exciting industry networking events to the southeast.  And, who knows, you may just spot a few stars in the crowd.  At our 2011 festival, you will see the very best features, shorts, documentaries and animations from filmmakers around the world, including incredible up-and-coming local talents from right here in our region.  The hundreds of submissions received will screen under committee review, with Official Selections announced closer to the event.  The selected film premieres and sneak previews are an eclectic mix of all genre and subject matter.  There is also a screenplay competition.  This year the CIFF welcomed over 3,000 attendees, filmmakers and writers, from across the country and overseas. In addition to showcasing never before seen movie premieres, the 2011 Charleston International Film Festival will be offering free industry workshops and panels presented in conjunction with the Center for the Documentary and the South Carolina Film Commission, The nights climax with incredible networking after- parties at chic Charleston hotspots, and the event culminates on the fifth and final night with the Awards Gala to recognize the very best of filmmaking and screenwriting displayed during the competition. For more information and updates, please visit    About CIFF

The Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization created in 2007 to bring people together through the art and science of film. Through this unique art, which has the power to touch our emotions and provoke thought like no other, we intend to promote the exchange of ideas, a greater cross-cultural awareness, and inspire others around the world. CIFF accomplishes this with a film and screenplay competition, dedicated to showcasing the art and talent of emerging and veteran filmmakers and writers from the U.S. and around the world, in an amazing city known for its deep-rooted American history.

CIFF was co-founded in 2007, by film producer Summer Spooner Peacher and Charleston native Brian Peacher.  Other festival directors are Tracy Roberts, Mark Gorman, and Ron Krauskopf, and a lot of amazing supporters and volunteers. The festival showcases short films (including animations), features and documentaries from around the U.S. and around the world.  Attendees gather for five days in May to attend premieres, panels, special events and the Annual Awards Gala.  Sponsors include:  Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Rick Hendrick BMW, Sailor Jerry Rum, Hendrick’s Gin, The American Theater, The Art Institute of Charleston, Stoli Vodka, PDA, Renaissart, Charleston Magazine, Palmetto Brewery, Cinebarre, Center for the Documentary at College of Charleston, SC Film Commission, Stella Artois, Coupe PR, Chai’s and


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