#CHS International Film Festival (starts today, 80 films from 13 countries in 5 days)

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Update April 11th: Tonight marks the beginning of the 5th annual Charleston International Film Festival.

The festival touts a stellar selection of films ranging from feature length flicks to animated shorts. In all, there will be over 80 films from 13 countries.

Let us know if you're planing a trip to Charleston to catch their 5th annual film fest. 

If you've yet to look at the complete festival program - here it is.

First Report February 28th: The Charleston International Film Festival will host its 5th annual festival on April 11-15 in the heart of historic Charleston with new partner, Charliewood Pictures.

Charleston IFF Co-Founder, Summer Peacher states, “We are very excited to have Charliewood Pictures as our presenting sponsor this year and very much look forward to working together beyond our festival to make the local film community bigger and better every year.”

Denis Gallagher, Founder of Charliewood Pictures, LLC adds, “We are thrilled to be part of the upcoming 5th Annual Charleston International Film Festival. It’s a great event for Charleston and the Lowcountry region. Charliewood Pictures is developing, supporting and promoting filmmakers with our first initiative involving local filmmaking talent. Our partnership with CIFF is one we look forward to in doing our part to foster and develop filmmaking in our great State.”

After four years of traveling from coast to coast, co-founders Brian and Summer Peacher relocated from Los Angeles to Charleston, SC to focus on expanding the festival year round. With the help of the Review Committee, they are in the final stage of narrowing down selections for this year’s event. More than 550 projects have been submitted from around the world including Germany and the Philippines. Selections will be announced soon.

In previous years, Charleston IFF has been host to filmmakers, stars, and film aficionados from countries all across the globe, luring them in with an amazing selection of independent films, intriguing and educational seminars and workshops, nightly networking after-parties, and an extravagant awards gala to recognize the very best of the festival.

All that is back this year, and more, such as outdoor screenings on the largest inflatable screen in the Carolinas, the incorporation of art exhibits and interactive media, and an Opening Night reception block party on George Street that will prove that this unique and exciting festival is here to stay!

To accommodate their growing audience, Charleston IFF will now be using the Sottile Theatre on George Street in downtown Charleston, which hosted the South Carolina premiere of Gone with the Wind in 1939. In addition, Charleston IFF will continue hosting films at the ever-popular Cinebarre theaters in Mt. Pleasant.

More news to be confirmed and announced closer to the event. For more information on this event please visit CharlestonInternationalFilmFestival.org.