Charleston International Film Festival set for opening night

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Emerging filmmakers and industry insiders from around the world will converge on Charleston this week to showcase their art to area movie buffs.

The 6th Annual Charleston International Film Festival will kick off Wednesday with an Opening Night celebration at the Sottile Theatre at 5:30 p.m. The ceremony will feature cast members from the Lifetime series Army Wives, actors Billy Zane and Shanola Hampton, and cinematographer Bill Butler (Jaws, Grease, Rocky)

Mayor Joe Riley will Denis Gallagher, founder of Charliewood Pictures, LLC., will also announce a new decree that will make this week "Charleston Film Week".

The Charleston International Film Festival will run from April 24 to April 28. A non-profit organization created in 2007, the festival brings rising filmmakers, screenplay writers, actors and many others to Charleston to give the public a peek inside the industry.

All genres of films will be on display, covering every subject under the sun. The public will be treated to sneak peeks and previews of upcoming features, documentaries, shorts and much more during the 5-day festival.

Most of the events this week will cost you some coin. A VIP pass good for all screenings, parties and workshops is $138.25. Tickets can also be purchased for individual events.

For more information on the Charleston International Film Festival, along with a complete schedule of events, click here.

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