Winners and attendance: Another good year for the Beaufort International Film Festival

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With more than 7,000 attending — approximately a 36% increase over 2011 — the Beaufort International Film Festival is boasting of another growth year.

This was the 6th installment.

The 2012 festival opened with a reception atop all the Old Bay Marketplace; 26 finalist films; a screenwriters workshop featuring all finalist screenwriters seeing their screenplays performed by Shakespearian actors; two "Meet the Filmmaker" special sessions; numerous Q&A sessions with the many directors and producers in attendance; and an Awards Gala that really brought out the stars.

"The move to our new venue at the USCB Center for the Arts really took our 'little' festival to the next level," said Ron Tucker, BIFF Executive Director. "The feedback during the festival and the emails and cards still coming in is incredible. Tom Berenger, in his remarks at the Awards Ceremony, noted how he could not believe the growth in size and quality from last year to this year's festival."

The list of winners at BIFF 2012 is as follows:

  • Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Acting: Powers Boothe
  • Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Stunt Coordination: Cal Johnson
  • Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Editing: Craig McKay
  • Best Screenplay: "The Wedding Photographer," Teresa Bruce, Beaufort
  • Best Animated Film: "Stitched and Sown," Austin Taylor, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Best Student Film: "The Road to Jacob," Matt Allen," Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah
  • Best Short Film:  "Quirk of Fate," Marco J. Riedel, Cologne, Germany
  • Best Documentary: "Awaken the Dragon," Liz Oakley, Charleston
  • Best Feature Film: "Happy New Year," K. Lorrel Manning, New York, N.Y.
  • Audience Choice Award: "Awaken the Dragon," Liz Oakley, Charleston
  • Best Director: Feliz Martiz, Southgate, Calif., "Santiago"
  • Best Actor: Jesus Guevara, "Santiago"

Tucker continued, "We had a very dedicated group of planners, volunteers, sponsors, filmmakers, and Hollywood talent who contributed so much to making this the premier film festival in the Southeast. If we are able to build on the support in this community and continue to get the word out about our festival and Beaufort's many charms for film-making, then the sky is the limit for the Beaufort International Film Festival." 

If you missed our introduction to the 2012 festival, read it here, and you can read our report from the opening night ceremony over here

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