10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival

International Film Festival


With more time on our hands, Boomers like me are always looking for fun things to do and ways to giggle. Grab some popcorn and sit back, it is time for the 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival in one of America's Happiest Seaside Towns. The event will be held on February 10th – 14th. This is an exciting year for Beaufort as organizers prepare for the seaside town’s premiere event of the year and the stars will definitely be shinning bright.

The 2016 recipient of the Spirit and Pride of South Carolina Award is North Myrtle Beach native and multi-talented television host Vanna White. This award is given to South Carolina natives or current residents who have reached career heights in the film, television or music industry that have positively benefited them and their beloved state of South Carolina. 

Get ready for 5 days of events, which includes an opening reception, film screenings, a workshop, and of course the awards ceremony. The competition is fierce this year. Forty independent films and 11 screenplays made the cut of nearly 700 entries. Tickets can be obtained online at the www. beaufortfilmfestival .com, at the door for screenings only and the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Still not convinced? Below is a list of the film categories presented this year.

2016 Beaufort Film Festival Competition Categories:

  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • Feature
  • Shorts
  • Student Films
  • Best Comedy
  • Screenplay
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Director

Beaufort is the perfect host city for the Film Festival because of its forward thinking arts and cultural community. The arts here go behind the tradition to include contributions of early settlers like story telling and hand made crafts of the Gullah People. 

It is that type of inclusion that makes Beaufort a standout in South Carolina. This gem city is considered one of the best places to live in South Carolina and is a superb place to find new homes in Beaufort SC. Rich in culture and history, this low country city is a fan favorite among South Carolinians and tourists alike because of the wealth of activities and attractions. 

There are museums, galleries, and specialty shops that showcase the area’s vibrant cultural diversity. Food also plays an intricate part of this seaside city’s traditions. The shrimp industry remains strong and vibrant here, and it compliments the flavor rich Gullah cuisine. 

A strong sense of patriotism also reigns strong in Beaufort. It is home to the Marine Corps Air Station, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and the Naval Hospital. 

Beaufort’s historic district is home to some of the best Beaufort SC real estate in the region. It is also a popular hot spot for residents and visitors. The Civil War era homes, which sit under the shadow of century old trees, draw visitors to the historic district year after year. It is recommended to tour the area with a professional tour-guide to gain the full knowledge of the low country. From the old to the new, after visiting the historic area, see how the city is mixing the old with the new and check out new homes in Beaufort SC. 

Living in an area that highlights its eclectic cultural experience is among the many reasons Baby Boomers and retirees are drawn to Beaufort SC real estate.  A trip to the Film Festival can prove beneficial in several ways. First, it is an opportunity to see some new films, talk to industry insiders, celebrate contributors, talk to residents about why they consider Beaufort one of the best places to live in South Carolina and make some new friends. Where else can you go to get five days of fellowship, food and fun? And while there, it is no better time to explore new homes in Beaufort SC and the private beach community of Fripp Island.

The 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival starts February 10th and runs until the 14th. Come meet some of the friendliest folks in the south and discover why Beaufort is one of the coolest places to live. If you'd like to learn more about the Sea Islands, ask for our free Beaufort relocation information

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