Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Finalists Named for Beaufort International Film Festival 2015

The Ninth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival will host thousands of film lovers from around the world starting Feb. 11 and continuing to Feb 15 in the historic coastal town of Beaufort, SC. Considered one of the fastest growing film festivals in the southeast and named one of the top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2013 by MovieMaker Magazine, festival organizers are expecting their biggest crowds yet. With nearly 8000 attending some part of the four day festival in 2014, more are expected in 2015.

Awards will be presented in the areas of Features, Documentaries, Short Films, Student Films, Screenplays, Animation. and Audience Choice. For the first time an award will be presented for Best Comedy which will be chosen by the audience.  Also, winners will be named for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director

BIFF 2015 also marks the inaugural award for the Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award, presented to that person whose career achievements in the areas of film, television or music have reflected positively on themselves and the state of South Carolina. The first award will be presented to Model and Actress Andie MacDowell, originally from Gaffney, SC. Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter and Best Selling Author Pat Conroy will present this inaugural award. Steve Rhea from Charleston, SC, will be presented the "Behind the Scenes" Award for his more than 30 years of work as a Film Location Specialist.

The 2015 Beaufort International Film Festival Finalists are as follows:



Directed by: Katelyn Bianchini, Asia Lancaster, Rena Cheng (Dodge College, Chapman Univ.)

Orange, CA

Green Acres

Directed by: James Beck (Dodge College, Chapman Univ.)

Orange, CA


Directed by:  Monica Stefanelli  (Dodge College, Chapman Univ.)

Orange, CA

Light Me Up

Directed by:  Derek Dolechek, Ryan Walton (Dodge College, Chapman Univ.)

Orange, CA

My Light Has Gone

Directed by: Jason Kummerfeldt (Dodge College, Chapman Univ.)

Orange, CA


You Belong to Me

Directed by:  John Cork

Carmel, CA

Cotton Road

Directed by: Laura Kissel

Columbia, SC

In An Ideal World

Directed by: Noel Schwerin

San Francisco, CA

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

Directed by:  Matthew VanDyke

Baltimore, MD

Something You Can Call Home

Directed by:  Rebecca Keynon

London, United Kingdom

The Civilian-Military Divide: Bridging the Gap

Directed by:  Robert Roy

Toronto, ON, CANADA


Cinema Purgatorio

Directed by:  Chris White

Greenville, SC

Dig Two Graves

Directed by:  Hunter Adams

Los Angeles, CA  90027

The Lengths

Directed by:  Tim Driscoll

Jacksonville, FL

Suck It Up Buttercup

Directed:  Malindi Fickle

Honolulu, HI

The Frontier

Directed by: Matt Rabinowitz

West Hollywood, CA


A Great Personality is Just Skin Deep

Directed by:  John Schwab

London, UK


Directed by: Nicholas Bouier

Los Angeles, CA

Last Night at the Ellington

Directed by:  Geoffrey Gunn

Greenville, SC

Love Sick Lonnie

Directed by:  Chad Matthews

Austin, TX


Directed by:  Ronald Eltanal

Wilmette, IL

The Quota

Directed by: Jim Cushinery

Los Angeles, CA

Times Like Dying

Directed by:  Evan Vetter

Wilmington, NC

Uncomfortable Silence

Directed by:  Gabriele Altobelli

Rome, Italy

Wrong Side Up

Directed by: Henry Darrow McComas

Englewood, CO



Directed by:  Jake Bellew; University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Into the Silent Sea

Directed by:  Andrej Landin; Dodge College

Roses for Margaret

Directed by:  Christine Hurley; University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Sea Odyssey

Directed by:  Adam Nelson; Savannah College of Art & Design

The Bright Side

Directed by: Sarah Thacker; Dodge College

The Collection

Directed by:  Ian Gullett; University of North Carolina School of the Arts


A Great Personality is Only Skin Deep


Love Sick Lonnie

Cinema Purgatorio

The Quota

Last Night at the Ellington

The Lengths


A Clash of Iron

Richard Reed

Riverside, CA

Club Bong Song

Tom Bixby

St. Helena, SC

Hell and Hallelujah!

Margaret Ford Rogers

Charleston, SC

Lost Cause

David Schroeder

Miami, FL

Mint Condition

Gary Weeks

Roswell, GA

Sandbox Coordinates

Sheila Watson and Tony Watson

Johns Island, SC

The Life Shift

Marcia Chandler Rhea, Writer

Charleston, SC


Daniel R. Jones  (Last Night at the Ellington- Short Film)

Max Gail (The Frontier – Feature Film)

Ted Levine  (Dig Two Graves – Feature Film)

Mike Nussbaum (Nostalgic – Short Film)

Chris White ( Cinema Purgatorio - Feature Film)


Traysie Amick (Cinema Purgatoria - Feature Film)

Katharyn Grant (Wrong Side Up - Short Film)

Lacey Marie Meyer (Suck It Up Buttercup - Feature Film)

Susan Ruttan ( The Quota - Short Film)

Corsica Wilson (The Lengths - Feature Film)


Hunter Adams ( Dig Two Graves– Feature Film)

Malindi Fickle ( Suck It Up Buttercup - Feature Film)

Geoffrey Gunn ( Last Night at the Ellington – Short Film)

Henry Darrow McComas ( Wrong Side Up- Short Film)

Evan Vetter  (Times Like Dying – Short Film)

For more information about the 9th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, visitbeaufortfilmfestival.com. The festival is produced by the Beaufort Film Society.

The Beaufort Film Society is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.

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