by Susan Cohen
Were you too distracted by the Charleston Wine + Food Festival to make it out to James Island for the third year of the Charleston Film Festival? If so, we’ve got some updates for you.
We heard from Nicholai Burton, who organized the Charleston Film Festival’s shorts blocks, that Awaken the Dragon sold out multiple theaters during the event, so it’s no surprise that the locally made documentary won the fest’s inaugural Terrace Theater Regional Award. That means that director Liz Oakley will receive $2,500 and a week of exhibition at the Terrace for her film, which follows Charleston’s dragon boat team of cancer survivors.
CFF, which took place March 1-4, also gave prizes to several regional shorts, including Ken Jones’ Dolls for Strangers (from Myrtle Beach), Sebastian Pinzon’s Flores (from the Savannah College of Art and Design), and Daniel Jones’ The Exchange (Charleston). Meanwhile, Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story won Best of the Festival, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen took home the audience award.