Myrtle Beach International Film Festival brings a feast of indie flicks

It’s that time of year again for the 9th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (MBIFF) and its hordes of movies from multi-genres, including short films, long films, animated, comedies, horrors, foreign films, dramas, music videos – you name it, MBIFF’s got it.

The hoopla starts today and will run through Saturday, bringing film fanatics to Carmike Cinema 17 at Broadway at the Beach, to search for cinematic gold. And if you’re a film fan, you should be asking yourself – why don’t you have your ass in a comfy theater seat, increasing your indie cred right now?

“We are fresh, edgy, and offer outlets to those that otherwise may be shut out or shut down,” says Jerry Dalton, Founder and Director of the MBIFF. “Freedom of speech is a big deal to us.”

As in previous years, the festival has evolved a bit in acclimating to a changing cinematic experience. This year, the event’s promoters will use social media to bridge the gap between filmmakers and film fans. There will be interactions and Q-and-A sessions, but to find out where and when, you’ll have to follow the festival on Twitter - @MBFilmFest - or Facebook or keep checking the Web site at for updates. MBIFF will also have a 30-minute show on Time Warner Cable’s local on demand service.

“Because we operate on an extremely small budget, social media is the best way to get the word out,” says Dalton. “We also invested in a booklet which provides movie titles, times, synopsis, images and a QR code for each film, along with event information. You can download an electronic copy from our Web site or pick up a hard copy at the festival.”

We put together a cheat sheet for you. For the most part, this year’s schedule is broken into two-hour blocks with some cool events packed in between each day. So, here’s the lowdown on this year’s rundown.


5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Computer Potato” – Canadian dramatic comedy (12 minutes)

“Franky and The Ant” – American crime thriller (10 minutes)

“Wild Blue” – American drama/comedy (100 minutes)

8 – 10 p.m.

“Notes” – Australian comedy (11 minutes)

“Posey” – American musical comedy (22 minutes)

“Sand Castles” – American drama (93 minutes)

10:30 p.m. until whenever

Opening Party – Get your schmooze on at Level 6 at Captains Quarters Resort. The festivities include free bowling, hor d'oeuvres and a cash bar.


•  3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

“Naa Banguru Talli” – Indian drama (120 minutes)

•  6 – 8 p.m.

“Little Pen Lost” – American comedy (5 minutes)

“Angel” – American thriller (13 minutes)

“The Break Up Message” – American comedy (18 minutes)

“Medora” – American documentary (82 minutes)

•  8:30 – 10 p.m.

Hollywood Pool Party – Get decadent and debauched at Hotel Blue’s oceanfront pool deck and bar.


•  Noon – 2 p.m.

“Best Brides” – American comedy (2 minutes)

“Jungle Warfare College” – Indian/American documentary (10 minutes)

“Boxes” – American drama (10 minutes)

“Guest House” – American comedy (27 minutes)

“The Dead Couple” – American comedy (10 minutes)

“Blood Brothers” – American crime drama (30 minutes)

•  2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

“The Long Wait” – American drama (17 minutes)

“The Cabin” – American horror (31 minutes)

“The Painter” – American drama (27 minutes)

“Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay” – American documentary (47 minutes)

•  5 – 7 p.m.

“Life on Ice” – American documentary (35 minutes)

“The Heroes of Arvine Place” – American drama (75 minutes)

•  7 – 8 p.m.

Dinner and a Brew – Get your hog on with dinner from Little Pigs BBQ, and if you’re 21 or older, slurp it up at the New South Brewery beer tasting in the lobby of the cinema.

•  8 – 10 p.m.

“When Skies are Blue” – American musical drama (20 minutes)

“Shifter” – American comedy/drama (15 minutes)

“Insomniacs” – British drama (14 minutes)

“Hank and Asha” – American/Czech Republic romantic comedy (73 minutes)

•  10:30 – 12:30 a.m. The three films in this block come with age restrictions and a warning for “disturbing graphics and sound.”

“Stretch” and “Opiate Girl” – music videos (about 4 minutes each)

“Start of Something” – American drama/romance (4 minutes)

“Follow the Leader” – American graphic horror (20 minutes)

“Truth or Dare” – American extremely graphic horror (84 minutes)


•  Noon – 2 p.m.

“Monkey Rag” – American animation (4 minutes)

“The Missing Scarf” – Irish animation (7 minutes)

“Mr. Hopewell’s Remedy” – American romantic comedy (18 minutes)

“Bound By Sea” – American/Norwegian/Indian documentary (90 minutes)

•  2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

“Moving Out” – American music video (6 minutes)

“Tit for Tat” – American comedy (15 minutes)

“Off Your Knees, Germany!” – American documentary (95 minutes)

•  5 – 7 p.m.

“The Boy and the Bus” – British drama (23 minutes)

“The Starfish Throwers” – American/Indian documentary (83 minutes)

•  7 – 8 p.m.

Jazz Party – Back out to the lobby for some sushi from Jimmyz Hibachi, and wash it down with a wine tasting from La Belle Amie Winery. Let it all digest as The Denny Hess Trio rocks out some sweet-ass jazz.

•  8 – 9:30 p.m.

“Café Rebo” – French comedy (2 minutes)

“The Innovator” – American animation (2 minutes)

“El Caballero” – American mystery (15 minutes)

“Suka” – Russian Drama (6 minutes)

“Cough” – Australian sci-fi (11 minutes)

“Tides of Time” – American drama (21 minutes)

“Great” – German comedy/drama (23 minutes)

•  9:30 p.m.

Festival awards will be dished out.

•  10 p.m.

•  After-Party – When it’s all said and done, it’s off to Sun City Café in downtown Myrtle Beach to rock-it cinephile-style.