Myrtle Beach Film Festival kicks off Wednesday

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MYRTLE BEACH - The Eighth Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival starts Wednesday at Carmike Cinema at Broadway at the Beach.

Filmmakers from around the world are showcasing their work during the festival, which runs until Saturday evening. Tickets are available at the box office.

The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival has been named one of the top 50 film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine.

Festival director, Jerry Dalton, created this event years ago with the goal in mind to build the film industry along the Grand Strand.

"The great thing economically about films is they don't destroy or pollute," Dalton said.  "They come in drop a lot of money and then people want to go where these films have been filmed."

Dalton added that because Myrtle Beach is a big vacation destination it makes a lot of sense for this to be a hub for film makers.

"You know we really have the facilities to house a large film festival and my goal has also been to turn this into a film market," Dalton said.  "We're working with a hotel group right now for next year to maybe start building on that."

John Pata co-directed "Dead Weight" which is showing this year.  He did not go to film school but he said that should not keep others from trying to break through in festivals to get on the big screen.

"For us what we hope it does is inspire people who don't have experience to grow the industry of independent filmmaking," Pata said.

Glenn Camhi's "The Bunglers" is also showing this year and said the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival is key to getting exposure.

"For short films in particular, festivals like MBIFF are essential," Camhi said.  "It's the best and often only way most people will see your film."

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