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The 12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival is in the books. A Champagne Gala Reception preceded the Awards Ceremony that was held on Sunday evening where Military Technical Advisor, Actor, and Author Dale Dye was awarded the inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Set Decorator Missy Ricker was presented the prestigious “Behind The Scenes” Award.

Filmmakers, film lovers and fans of the festival showed up to experience some or all of the five-day film festival. Entries were received from nearly 33 countries which were narrowed down to the screening of 43 films and seven screenplays. It’s estimated that around 14,000 people attended some part of the festival with an average of nearly 300 per film screening. Awards were presented in 12 different categories.

Other Winners include:

Best Feature: Love is Dead, directed by Eric Capitaine, Paris, France

Best Documentary (Feature): Purple Dreams, directed by Joanne Hock, Charlotte, NC

Best Documentary ( Short): To Breathe Free, directed by David Barnhart, Atlanta, GA

Best Short Film: Crab Trap, directed by Shea Sizemore, Charlotte, NC

Best Student Film: Night Call, directed by Amanda Renee Knox, Los Angeles, CA

Best Comedy: Love is Dead, directed by Eric Capitaine, Paris, France

Best Animation: KCLOC, directed by Ninaad Kulkami, New York, NY

Best Screenplay: Dead Drop, written by Nancy Duff, Los Angeles, CA

Best Actress: Aliyah Conley, Los Angeles, CA (I Am Still Here)

Best Actor: Johnny Rey Diaz, Los Angeles, CA ( I Am Still Here)

Best Director: Mischa Marcus, Los Angeles, CA (I Am Still Here)

Audience Choice: Purple Dreams, Director Joanne Hock, Charlotte, NC

The Beaufort International Film Festival is produced by the Beaufort Film Society. For more information, visit

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. See more at