Charleston International Film Festival launches its six year in the Lowcountry on Wednesday.
This year's festival features more than 80 films from 15 different countries. Organizers have also planned several parties, workshops, demonstrations, and a question and answer session with two Hollywood legends.
The festival will honor Bill Butler with the lifetime achievement award. He's the cinematographer on some of the most notable films of the last 4 decades including the Rocky movies, Grease, and Jaws. Also Chris Brigham is attending the festival. He's the producer of Argo, Inception and The Aviator. Plus the real life inspiration behind Catch Me if You Can will be on hand for a question and answer session following a screening of the movie.
The goal of the festival is showing quality pictures, many which have never been seen anywhere before.
"We try to program our films to respond to the Charleston area. For them to get it and want to come to it," CIFF, Summer Peacher, said.
Films vary in lengths from documentaries and feature films to animations and shorts.
This year organizers also added workshops where you can learn about the behind the scenes of film making and animation. Veteran actors will perform live readings of screenplays.
You must buy tickets to many of the events, but the workshops and demonstrations offered through the College of Charleston are free.
For more details visit http://charlestoniff.org/