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Charleston International Film Festival


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"


World Premiere of Big Time Documentary

Los Angeles based entrepreneur, fashion designer and director Kara Kurcz will be premiering her documentary, big BIG TIME at the Charleston International Film Festival on May 19th, 4pm at Cinabarre, Mt Pleasant.  Kara has appeared on countless media outlets such as: E! News, EXTRA, Daily 10, ABC Chicago and FOX DC. Her film has been praised as the “secret” for small business. Last month MSNBC Business featured Kara and her low cost gorilla PR tactics on “Your Business”. She also recently appeared as a small business expert on FOX NEWS.

Kara Kurcz will be available for local in person interviews about BIG TIME and the secrets to surviving the recession on May 18th and 19th.  Film screeners are also available for media upon request. Local entrepreneur Richard C. Davis stars in the film, as well as several nationally successful brands. See below for more information.

With a "bright" idea director Kara Kurcz rolled the cameras as she and her husband emptied their bank accounts and launched the Solas handbag company from their apartment.  By their fourth year of business their handbags were on the arms of dozens of celebrities, in magazines, and made over a million dollars in sales.  Then the recession hit…

So Kara in search of insight reached out to some of America’s most successful entrepreneurs to learn what it takes to make it...Big Time.

Face Book:!/pages/Big-TIME-Movie/208217919202987


Richard C. Davis is the founder and president of Trademark Properties. Richard has had two hit television shows under his belt. He created and stars in A&E’s #1 rated lifestyle show, Flip This House! Season 1, as well as serves as both Executive Producer and star of The Real Estate Pros on TLC (formerly called The Real Deal).

Lisa Lillien is a 5 time best-selling author, star of the Hungry Girl TV show on The Cooking Channel and creator of the Hungry Girl brand.

Mindy Grossman is CEO of HSN and one of Forbes top 100 most powerful women.

Jonah White is CEO of Billy Bob Teeth Inc. made his 1st million before the age of 30.

Barry Poznick and John Stevens- CEO of Zoo Productions, creators of ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader’

Joseph Kurcz, is Chairman of The Board of Williams-Hayward, worked at the company 25 years before purchasing it and then took sales from $100,000 to $30 million.

Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey is Telepictures Productions’ Senior Executive Producer and was the first female news director in NYC.

Sal Ferrara CEO of Ferrara Candy Inc and CFO James Buffardi are part of Ferrara Candy, which is one of the last privately owned candy companies left standing in Chicago. A 300 million dollar enterprise they are the genius behind such cult phenomenon’s as, Lemon Heads and Boston Baked Beans.

Chuck Knerr candidly speaks about growing up the son of one of America’s greatest innovators, Richard Knerr. He shares lifelong lessons and untold stories of his father’s toy company, Wham-O.  Wham-O is responsible for toy sensations such as, the Hoola-Hoop, Slip n’ Slide, Water Wiggle, Frisbee and the Super Ball.


Tickets are available online at or by contacting the Charleston International Film Festival office at (843) 817-1617.  Price per screening block is $10.00; however, enter promo code FZ for $5 tickets to Forbidden Zone.  Festival passes are available good for access to all screenings, panels and parties (excluding the awards dinner) for $99.

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