Charleston International Film Festival finally ready for opening night

Charleston International Film Festival finally ready for opening night

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Film buffs are hoping it is worth the wait. The 8th annual Charleston International Film Festival finally arrives this week after organizers pushed it back from April to November this year. Opening Night events on Wednesday, Nov. 4 kick off five days of feature films, shorts, animations and documentaries. The festival is also shifting locations to the Charleston Music Hall this year. It will showcase more films from more countries.

The festival this year will offer screenings for 86 films from the U.S. and around the world, including films from France, United Kingdom, China, Serbia and eight other countries. The festival will also showcase local film making with four films from the Lowcountry and South Carolina. The festival also features workshops, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and actors, and the festival ends with the awards gala Sunday, Nov. 8.

Opening night on Wednesday, Nov. 4 features a reception on John Street, followed by a screening at the Charleston Music Hall of a Martin Scorsese-produced film, "The Wannabe." Watch the trailer here. Opening Night reception and screening tickets are $25.

Tickets for the rest of the festival are $10 for screening blocks of one feature or several short films. A full festival pass is $149, good for all screenings and events except the awards dinner.  For more information, to see the list of films, screening schedule and purchase tickets, click here.

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