The Beaufort International Film Festival begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.
The festival's opening reception is Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Old Bay Marketplace Loft & Rooftop on Bay Street in Beaufort.
The festival offers more than 30 films in a variety of feature lengths, shorts, animation, student films and documentaries.
An awards gala will be Saturday at the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Performing Arts Center. In addition to the films and filmmakers being honored, author Pat Conroy will present actress Andie MacDowell with the Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award.
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For more information and screening times, see Thursday's newspaper or go to http://www.beaufortfilmfestival.com.