Best Schmoozefest for Filmmakers 

Charleston International Film Festival

We don't go to film festivals for the movies or the shwag. We go for the parties, whether they're VIP receptions, aftershow back-slappers, or awards ceremonies. 2008's International Film Festival had a plentiful supply, from Charleston Film Alliance members clustered in a corner of the Terrace to hoards of hopefuls collected in the Francis Marion Hotel for a climactic awards gala. Organizers Summer Spooner and Brian Peacher used the Beverly Hills Film Festival as a template for this, their first movie screening event in the Lowcountry. But it was their choice of party venues — Chai's, Bridgeside at the Motley Rice Building, Cottage on the Creek — that really made the fest memorable. Expect serious schmoozing in April.


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