Despite flight delays and reroutes and closed major highways due to a major winter storm hitting the southeast, filmmakers and film lovers still made the effort to get to the festival and once here, enjoyed four fun filled days of filmmaking excellence. “It was a tremendous turnout. We were quite pleased, “ stated Festival Director Ron Tucker. “Even with the adverse weather conditions at the start of the festival, the weather got better and we neared attendance of around 7000 people enjoying some part of festival events,” Tucker stated.
The film festival celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of the film Forrest Gump with special activities which included the screening of the film with some of the cast and crew in attendance. A video tribute to Mr. Schmidt was played on awards night that included video messages from actors Gary Sinise and Tom Hanks and Director Robert Zemeckis.
James Passanante was presented the inaugural “Behind the Scenes” Award for is more than 30 years of work in the film industry as a Scenic Designer.
Other Winners include:
Best Feature: The One Who Loves You, directed by Katharyn Grant, Denver, CO;
Best Short Film: The Long Wait, directed by Wolfgang Bodison, Los Angeles, CA
Best Student Film: Helpless, directed by Christene Hurley, Winston-Salem, NC, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Best Animation: Death & the Robot, directed by Austin Taylor, Winston-Salem, NC University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Best Screenplay: Pawn, written by Uyen Le and VW Scheich, Los Angeles, CA
Best Actor: Elizabeth Yoder, Los Angeles, CA ( The Long Wait)
Best Director: Katharyn Grant, Denver, Co (The One Who Loves You)
Audience Choice: AKA, Doc Pomus (Directors, William Hechter and Peter Miller)
The World Without Purple Award: Special award presented by Alzheimer's Family Services of Greater Beaufort to filmmaker Barbara Klutinis for her film The Sum Total of Our Memory.
The Beaufort International Film Festival is produced by the Beaufort Film Society. For more information visit www.beaufortfilmfestival.com and www.beaufortfilmsociety.org.
The Beaufort Film Society is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.