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Myrtle Beach International Film Festival brings Hollywood to the Grand Strand

There are 43 films showing in 2015, and there aren't any big changes to the festival because, Dalton said, what they've got right now is working. There are 43 films showing in 2015, and there aren't any big changes to the festival because, Dalton said, what they've got right now is working.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival kicked off with a running start Wednesday, bringing Hollywood to the Grand Strand.


The festival is in its tenth year, and organizers say just comparing 2015 to 2014, there were double the number of people on opening night. The festival continues to gain more traction within the film industry each year. 


"As we get more and more world recognition, we get more and more quality films," explained Jerry Dalton, founder of the MBIFF. "So the lineup is second to none."


The festival, which features events from now through the weekend and film showings each day, brings in people from across the world, and has earned the recognition being named a top-25 festival to submit a film to, Dalton said. 


There are 43 films showing in 2015, and there aren't any big changes to the festival because, Dalton said, what they've got right now is working. He said people are pleasantly surprised when they wander in to the theatre at Broadway at the Beach by how good the movies are. It's just the buzz he wants, and Hollywood big wigs are taking notice.


"Ad that brings in better films, better filmmakers, like the ones we have this year, and it also creates an environment for economic growth," Dalton said. "Cause when that starts happening in your area, that's big. Hundreds of millions of dollars to the area. That's what that means."


And newly-created film incentives for the state are making it easier for filmmakers to make the beach a location for shooting, too. "They come in they spend a lot of money, they stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, use the local crafts people and they drop that money and they go back," Dalton added.


The future plans for the festival and the Myrtle Beach are to get better and bigger each year. 


To see a full lineup of events and screenings just head to the festival website: http://www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com/


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