The 2011 Beaufort International Film Festival

The Beaufort International Film Festival is a celebration of student and Independent cinema from all over the United States and abroad. With its richly deserved reputation as the beautiful Lowcountry setting for many major motion pictures, Beaufort seeks to honor up and coming filmmakers and attract new film production to its shores.

This year we welcome again filmmakers from around the world.  Over 200 submissions were received from 24 countries and representatives from the US and some of those countries will be in attendance at this year’s festivities.  We are also privileged to present the first-ever Jean Ribaut Excellence in Music for Film Award to American Composer Charles Denler. In addition, we will present the inaugural Santini Patriot Spirit Award to Hollywood Director and Producer Jonathan Flora for his documentary “Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good”.  The “Santini Award” recognizes that filmmaker whose film reflects positively on our men and women serving proudly in our armed forces.

Tickets can be purchased at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce VCB Visitor Center, located in the historic Arsenal Building at 713 Craven Street in Downtown Beaufort or by calling 843-525-8500. For media inquiries, Bruce Doneff 201.966.6583.

Jonathan Flora to Receive Santini Patriot Spirit Award
Charles Denler to Receive Excellence in Music for Film Award

Schedule of Events
33 independent films and 5 screenplays have been chosen from over 200 entries world wide

Film Screenings@ Seaside Vineyard Fellowship (formerly Lady’s Island Cinema)
Wednesday, February 16

Filmmakers Opening Night Reception/ Invitation Only @ 6 pm- 8pm

@the Beaufort Arsenal, 715 Craven St, Beaufort, SC

Thursday, February 17
Film Screenings @ 8am-5pm (last film starts)

Screenwriters Table Read @ 7:30 (Wine and Cheese Reception)

@Seaside Vineyard Fellowship (formerly Lady’s Island Cinema)

Single Ticket $15 (included in All Events Pass) No Discounts

Friday, February 18

Film Screenings @ 8am-9pm (last film starts)

Saturday, February 19

Film Screenings @ 8am-1:30pm (last film starts)

Awards Gala Cocktail Hour-7pm
Awards Presentations

@ University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts

Single Ticket $35 (included in All Events Pass) (BFS Members $25)

Sunday, February 20

Filmmaker Farewell Brunch, Blackstones Deli-Café @11am-1pm, Pay at restaurant

@205 Scott’s Street, Beaufort, SC


Individual films $5.00 each or for all 33 films purchase the Unlimited Film Pass $75 (BFS Members $65)

Daily Film Pass $30 each day (Thu, Fri, Sat)   All Events Pass $125 (BFS Members $100)

Purchase online @ , or pay at the door or,

@Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 715 Craven St. Beaufort, SC

Screening schedule:

Details about films:

All Screenings for The Beaufort International Film Festival will be held @
Seaside Vineyard Fellowship (Formerly Lady’s Island Cinema)
100 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort, SC 29907

Local Directs ‘Angel Camouflaged’

By Wendy Pollitzer

R. Michael Givens

R. Michael Givens is the writer, director and cinematographer of one of BIFF’s full length independent feature films, Angel Camouflaged. I had the delightful opportunity to sit down with Michael and discuss the film as well as his concerns about South Carolina’s film incentive program recently. And, I was privileged to watch the ‘rock ‘n roll drama’, before its local debut.

Dilana Robichaux as "Scottie"

This film had me rocking from the get-go. I am a self-proclaimed music connoisseur and ipod schizophrenic and insist that the original soundtrack for this film will get aficionados of all genres on their feet dancing. Dilana Robichaux, runner-up on the CBS show “Rock Star Supernova,” who plays Scottie, performs nine songs in the film. Her raspy and confident voice is therapeutic. She has a harmonious and dramatic energy that is contagious.

Patty Smyth, who plays Aunt Marie in Angel Camouflaged also wrote two songs for soundtrack, “Hard for You to Love Me” and “Just,” which she performs in the film.  She is a timeless entertainer who can put you in an eighties frame of mind with a present-day aura. She’s just a classic.

Additionally, the Marshall Tucker Band and hip hop icon, Kurtis Blow deliver unorthodox performances in two scenes that radiate optimism for southern race relations.   The Southern Rock legend MTB plays a version of Run DMC’s “It’s Tricky,” while Kurtis Blow rocks out the Lynard Skynard classic, “Gimme Three Steps.”   The unexpected distortion will put a smile on your face and bring you back to yesteryear. Those two scenes were a couple of my favorites in the movie.

When Scottie moves from the Mojave Dessert, she enters the world of the South Carolina Lowcountry, a place we all call home.  Givens nails the cinematography of the picturesque coast, filmed at locations you’ll all recognize.  You’ll see Boone Hall’s Avenue of Oaks, shots of Tradd, Broad and King Streets in downtown Charleston, John’s Island’s beloved 1500 year-old Angel Oak tree and a memorable shot of a summer sunset over the Ravenel Bridge.

Most of Angel Camouflaged is filmed on location at Bowens Island (just before Folly Beach), which is just about the most accurate depiction of classic Lowcountry docks  and reminiscent of fish camps that dot the hummocks surrounding our much-loved barrier and sea islands.  Scottie and her brother, Morgan, played by Warrick Grier, inherit a bar, called Koconuts, which is actually the Oyster Joint at Bowens Island Restaurant.

Givens’ cinematography of the coveted Lowcountry landmarks represents nothing short of paradise.  He captures the essence of the physical attributes as well as the overall comfortable and stress-free mood of our region.

James Brolin as "Salt" and Warrick Grier as "Morgan"

James Brolin’s character, Thaddeus “Salt” Salterman is the bait shop owner and neighbor to Koconuts.  We all have an old “Salt” in our lives. Mine is Big Stratty Pollitzer. You know the type…carefree and loyal, straight out of a Jimmy Buffet tune or a Hemingway novel, a guy that treats spartina grass and rising tides as his alter. That’s Salt, and Brolin is brilliant in his role.

Lowcountry images of beautiful southern women, relic cars on dirt roads, Frogmore Stew and Firefly Vodka on the docks add to the soul of the film, which is a Must-See at this year’s festival. If you’re at all intrigued by stories of emotion and appreciate well-done moving art on screen, you’ll love Angel Camouflaged.

It was a pleasure to meet with you Michael. Your film is a gift to all of us who have found salvation in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Keep up the great work!

About the Movie:

SCOTTIE, a singer whose substance abuse causes her career to implode, hides out in the Mojave Desert. Her life changes when she inherits a bar in South Carolina. Her ex-boyfriend steals her trailer and throws her out into the desert night.  Scottie takes nothing but her tears and guitar.  When she sees the dilapidated bar, she’s horrified. Scottie has to battle raging motorcycle clubs, gang-bangers, Satan himself and a neighbor hell bent on sabotaging her efforts.  This film is an emotional adventure about the will of a woman and her brother who find the strength to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.


Angel Camouflaged has already won four prestigious Awards at the Action on Film  International Film Festival in Pasadena, California including Best Cinematography for Michael Givens, Best Actress for Dilana, Best Supporting Actor for James Brolin and Best Artwork and Poster Design for Michael Givens. Angel Camouflaged is scheduled for national distribution in March.

What’s Next for Givens:

Michael Givens is currently working on his next project, a film based on the novel, Jigsaw by North Carolina author, Ted Brogden. Brogden will be in town Saturday, February 19th signing copies of his book at the Beaufort Bookstore in Beaufort Town Center.

“I do not live in 90210. I live in Beaufort, SC and I want better film incentives for my state.”

If you believe this and want more films made here at home, contact your legislators now at  because the film industry in SC needs your help.  Michael Givens encourages you to do so. “Tell your Senator that money generated from movies filmed in South Carolina will go directly back into your constituents’ pockets. That might make them listen,” says Givens, a vocal proponent of increased film incentives in SC.  For full coverage of this issue, including an article from the Charleston Post and Courier and a report on the Economic Impact of Film Production Incentives from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, please view the following links:


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