You may be confused by the one-word difference between the Charleston Film Festival and that other thing happening in April, but what you really need to know is that the four-day span of CFF emphasizes locally made films. This includes Friday’s 9:45 p.m. block, “Just Local.” Seven shorts, made by local filmmakers, will be featured during the set.
Festival organizer and Terrace Theatre owner Michael Furlinger says that because he owns the theater, CFF has access to bigger pictures. One example is Creation, a biopic on Charles Darwin starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly. It’s a part of the Saturday 4:30 p.m. “Creation” block. Another big film, which is having its East Coast premiere, is The Red Baron. It will play during the Friday 7 p.m. “Best of the Best” block.
A unique aspect of Charleston Film Festival is its tribute to director Akira Kurosawa’s 100th birthday. The Seven Samurai will be screened at the Hippodrome on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
CFF also provides an opportunity to learn through its educational series. This includes The Brightest Spot on Main Street, a documentary on the history of South Carolina movie theaters. The Saturday 11 a.m. showing features a panel discussion. Tickets to this film are $1.
A $750 prize will be given to the best local short, presented at an awards ceremony and gala at the Hippodrome on Sunday at 6 p.m. A $5 ticket pays for drinks, food, music, and a showcase of the best films of the weekend.
“I really tried to make it a little bit more personalized and a little bit more local,” Furlinger says. “People in the community can feel like it’s their festival.” —Susan Cohen