Beaufort Film Festival selects finalists for 2013

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Ron Tucker, president of the Beaufort Film Society, announced the selection of finalists for the Beaufort International Film Festival scheduled for February 13-17, 2013.

Selections were made by a local panel of film and television professionals. Categories include Animation, Documentary, Shorts, Student Films, Screen Play, Best Actor and Best Director. Submissions came from all over the world  — as close as Hilton Head Island and Charleston and as far away as China, Germany and Spain, with others from Raleigh, N.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Milwaukee, Wis.; and several from California.

Several committee members of the Beaufort International Film Festival presented by the Beaufort Film Society met Tuesday, December 4, including, from left, Ron Tucker, Leo Gannon, Mark Shaffer, Rebecca Berry, Jenny Steadham, Suzanne Larson, Kathy Adams, Jan Bruning and Rich Frerking.
The Beaufort International Film Festival is scheduled February 13-17, 2013 at the USCB Center for the Arts. The opening reception will be held at the Old Bay Marketplace Rooftop on Wednesday, February 13. Films will be shown Thursday, Feb. 14, Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16. The awards ceremony and closing reception is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.
A very special guest, Miss World Malta, Claire Marie Busuttil, will assist presenters with the trophy presentations at the awards ceremony.
Volunteers are being recruited for ushering duties, ticket sales, food servers, and bartending. If interested, please call the Beaufort film office, 522-3196.

Tucker said the quality of submissions created a real challenge for judges. “Beaufort truly has an international presence in the realm of film makers and film lovers. This year, more than ever, we enjoyed a fantastic selection of excellent films, scripts and actors. It is a privilege to serve the film community and the general public by offering art and entertainment of such high standards,” he said.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held the evening of Saturday, February 16.

The film festival announced last month that the award-winning film and television director and producer Mike Tollin, was selected for the prestigious Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. He is expected to accept the award at ceremonies scheduled Saturday, Feb. 16 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts.

Tollin has produced and directed more than a dozen feature films, several award-winning documentaries, and hundreds of hours of television, and currently has three prime-time television series in production. His films include “Wild Hogs,” “Coach Carter,” “Dreamer,” “Hardball,” “Varsity Blues,” “Summer Catch,” “Big Fat Liar” and “Radio,” which starred Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Ed Harris and was filmed in nearby Walterboro.

Film festival ticket prices vary and discounts are offered to those who join the film society. For prices, schedules and membership information visit www.beaufortfilmfestival.com.

BEAUFORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FINALISTS

ANIMATION:

• Fish & Chicks

Daniel Berkowitz, Director

Winston Salem, NC

• Hamsters Want to be Free

Carla Young, Director

Hilton Head Island

• Mechanical Cow

Carla Young, Director

Hilton Head Island

• Mimi & Gack

Larry Lauria, Director

Apopka, FL

• Old Angel

Dony Chiang, Director

Taiwan

DOCUMETARY:

• A Sister’s Call

Kyle Tekiela, Director

Atlanta, GA

• As Goes Janesville

Brad Lichtenstein, Director

Milwaukee, WI

• Besa: The Promise

Rachel Goslins, Director

Takoma Park, MD

• Cards Against A Wall

Tim Fennell, Director

Charleston, SC

• Death By China

Peter Navarro, Director

Lugana Beach, CA

• Granny’s Got Game

Angela Alford, Director

Raleigh, NC

• Colored Confederates: Myth or Matter of Fact

Ken Wyatt, Director

Rocky Mount, NC

• The Suffering Grasses

Susi Collins, Director

San Francisco, CA

SHORTS:

• 1426 Chelsea Street

Alanna Brown

Burbank, CA

• Crocodile Nile

Javier Dampierre

Madrid, Spain

• Detention

Chad Matthews, Director

Santa Monica, CA

• High Heels & Hoodoo

Brian Rish, Director

West Columbia, SC

• The Projectionist

Andy Rovira, Director

Miami, FL

• The Runner

Jan Fincke, Producer

Berlin, Germany

• The Scattered City

William Aughtry, Director

Little Rock, AR

• Wallenda

V W Scheich, Director

Playa Del Rey, CA

• Wolf Call

Rob Underhill, Director

Raleigh, NC

STUDENT FILMS

• The Collegians: Florida State

• Shoot the Moon: Chapman University/ Dodge College

• Children of Kabul: Wake Forest

• Sergeant Townsend: UNC School of the Arts

• No Wine Left Behind: Stanford

• Dawn: SCAD

SCREENPLAY

• The Gene Dillard Story

Marcia Chandler Rhea, Writer

Charleston, SC

• Warrior and the Beast

Erik Bernard, Writer

Port Wentworth, GA

• The Stavros Agenda

Amy Bailey, Writer

Thomson, GA

• Lucifer

William Blackmon, Writer

Darlington, AL

• McIntyre’s Mountain

Miriam Goldman and Nathan Goldman, Writers

Houston, TX

• Quest for Light: Adventure of the Maji

Byron Anderson, Writer

Chevy Chase, MD

• Bad Advice for Good People

Gary Weeks, Writer

Atlanta, GA

• Marvel Rose

Margaret Ford Rogers and Dane Krogman

Charleston, SC

• The Badminton Warrior

Tom Radovich, Writer

Monroe Center, IL

• The Manifest

Shelia and Tony Watson, Writers

Charleston, SC

BEST ACTOR:

• Alec Shaw (Sergeant Townsend: Student Film)

• Steven Maier (Sergeant Townsend: Student Film)

• Pamela Bowen  (Shoot the Moon: Student Film)

• Rachel Grate (Shoot the Moon: Student Film)

• Mike Wiley (Wolf Call: Short Film)

• Ryan Simpkins (1426 Chelsea St: Short Film)

BEST DIRECTOR:

• Rachel Goskins Besa: The Promise

• Chad Matthews: Detention

• Bryan Lewis: The Collegians

• Alexander Gaeta: Shoot the Moon

• Rob Underhill: Wolf Call