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Charleston International Film Festival


Every Fall, discover what makes Charleston, South Carolina the destination of choice for art and culture. Join us for an inspiring celebration of the art and science of film and screenwriting, in a city known for its alluring landscapes, enduring architecture, world class cuisine, and unrivaled hospitality.

The Charleston International Film Festival accomplishes their mission to educate, entertain, and inspire by showcasing the works of veteran and emerging writers and filmmakers, from the U.S. and around the globe in the beautiful coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina.

The five day event kicks off with an amazing Opening Night reception at the world class Charleston Music Hall in downtown Charleston, and continues with features, shorts, documentaries and animations of all genre and subject matter. Some of the many past interesting events for attendees have included a screenplay spectacular where live actors bring scripts to life on stage, Q&A's with industry pros Chris Brigham and Laray Mayfield, virtual production, editing, and principles of animation workshops, script to screen seminars, and even camera drone operations. (The Charleston International Film Festival is a 501(c)3non profit organization and offers workshops and seminars free of charge to attendees).

We love to show Filmmakers and Screenwriters some southern hospitality in Charleston. In addition to the above, all are cordially invited to nightly socials, special photography and history tours, participation in interviews and podcasts, daily happy hours and meeting interesting new people in the inventivENVIRONMENTS Lounge, and of course the Awards Ceremony.

Thank you for considering the Charleston International Film Festival for you next project, we would be honored to hear from you. For discount submissions, email, subject line ' Discount Submissions"


Emily Hearn and Bill Murray in Opening Night's 'ROOFTOP' Premiere

Hey all you Film Fanatics, are you just as excited about the Charleston International Film Festival as we are? With things just around the corner, here's an article on one of opening night's premieres entitled ROOFTOP. The independent film/music video stars singer/songwriter Emily Hearn and the one and only Bill Murray. Like what you read? Can't get enough of that hilarious Bill Murray? No need to call Ghostbusters, all you have to do is log onto the Charleston International Film Festival website and get your ticket to the one-of-a-kind event. It's as simple as that. The music video premieres on May 18th at the American Theater at 7:00 PM. Tickets will be available soon.


*** Opening Night - 4th Annual Charleston International Film Festival at the American Theater ***





(Charleston,SC) - A group of filmmakers and musicians have taken creative collaboration to a whole new level, producing an independent music video on the streets and marshes of South Carolina starring singer/songwriter Emily Hearn and film icon Bill Murray.


The project, entitled ROOFTOP, is more reflective of an independent film project than a conventional music video. It was conceived and shot by independent filmmaker Brad Jayne, and shot with three young camera operators, two Production Assistants, and 75 extras over 8 hours, all volunteers. ROOFTOP has been selected as a featured screening on opening night at the 4th Annual Charleston International Film Festival in May. Directed by Brad Jayne and produced by Doug Coupe and Mark Bryan (of Hootie & the Blowfish), it marks a decided departure from conventional music videos.


"This was truly grassroots," said Hearn. "There was no budget here. Just a group of talented folks coming together to make something special. For the simple joy of doing something great and creative."


"There was definitely a big guerrilla filmmaking element to this...don't even ask me how we got some of these shots," said Coupe. "But that is sometimes filmmaking art in its purest form -- getting together and making it happen. From renowned talent like Bill Murray, to the film students that helped shoot it."


This is the first of several collaborations between Jayne, Coupe, and Bryan,including their feature-film WARRIOR, on which Bryan will be acting as music supervisor. For more information, visit



Additional notes of interest:


·         After Oscar-nominated actor Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, Rushmore,Ghostbusters) was told about the project, he agreed to participate right away. He showed up the morning of the shoot and graciously performed his part, as Production Assistants blocked a major thorough fare and a crowd gathered.

·        Emily Hearn is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter out of Athens, GA.  ROOFTOP is from her first EP, Paper Heart; she will be recording her first album this summer. For more information, visit and


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