MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Film lovers, if you're interested in seeing films before they potentially break onto the big screen your chance is here.
That's because the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival is underway this week.
Organizers started the festival years ago with the goal to not only encourage more film companies to make more movies in South Carolina, but to create a film culture here on the Grand Strand.
So for the next several days you can see dozens of films from all over the world right here in Myrtle Beach.
The MBIFF was named "Top 25 Film Festivals to Submit to in the World" by MovieMaker Magazine and "One of the Best Festivals in the World by Film International."
Organizers believe the festival has made its name because of its judges coming from different walks of life and not just being film people.
If you plan to come, more than 40 features, documentaries and shorts will be screened in blocks each afternoon and evening during the four-day event.
Family-oriented entries will also be shown on Saturday afternoon to entertain the next generation of movie buffs.
"What I'm excited about the International Film Festival, it will bring a blend of people from all over the country as well as all over the world it's on par with the Sun Dance Festival, and we are going to get a good cross mix of people coming," Co-owner and Founder Southern Living Richard Gudzan.
If attending the Myrtle Beach Film Festival is a tradition for you or if you're planning to go for the first time, you'll want to know about a major change this year.
Market Common is the new location for this year's 12th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival.
Organizers say the festival was moved to Market Common so people don't have to drive away from the event to go eat or shop.
While the films will be screened at the Grand 14 Cinema, Market Common's location with its stores and restaurants was more convenient simply because you can walk out of the theatre and then go back to theatre to catch more films.
For example, Tupelo Honey will host a food event following the first night of the festival - other restaurants are participating as well offering activities ranging from parties to media events.
If you've been to Market Common lately, you're probably already noticing flags promoting the event.
Businesses in the Market Common area excited about the change and ready for the extra foot traffic.
"Market Common is a great venue you can walk right out of the theatre to some great dining, shopping, maybe even sit on a bench and listen to some music then come back in and catch some more movies, this is the preeminent theatre here in Myrtle Beach," Director MB International Film Festival Jerry Dalton said.
For more information about the festival schedule or tickets visit http://www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com/
Tickets can be picked up at the theatre.