Marine Corps veteran combat videographer and writer/producer/director Joshua DeFour will be presented the prestigious Santini Patriot Spirit Award at the 14th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival being held Feb. 18-23 in Beaufort. The award will be presented for his film “The 11th Order,” during the festival awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 23.
The “Santini” is awarded to that filmmaker whose portrayal of the American active duty military, veterans, or their families in a feature film, documentary, or short reflects the highest standards of service and sacrifice for the good of others. The award is named after Marine Corps Colonel Donald “The Great Santini” Conroy, father of Academy Award nominated screenwriter and best-selling author Pat Conroy.
“When we saw Joshua’s film The 11th Order for the first time, we knew instantly that this short film had all of the elements we were looking for in this rare award,” Beaufort Film Society President Ron Tucker said
in a release.
“The Santini” was originally created in 2011. After the inaugural award went to Jonathan Flora for his documentary “Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good,” it would be another five years before another “Santini” worthy film came along.
The second award went to Justin Roberts for his documentary film, “No Greater Love.”