Two films directed by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance photojournalist David Barnhart have been selected for screening at the Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF). The films—“Kepulihan: When the Waters Recede” and “Locked in a Box”—are two of only six films included in the festival’s documentary section. The films will be screened at the festival Feb. 11.

“It is some really good news and it's pretty cool because I've never seen two films from the same filmmaker get selected for one festival,” says Barnhart. “The director of the festival said they had 60 documentaries submitted… We are thrilled about this and the opportunity for the words and messages of these films to get out. It also appears that the films will be getting into other festivals in the near future as well.”

“Kepulihan: When the Waters Recede” tells the 10-year story of Mr. Yadi, a Meulaboh, Aceh native in Indonesia, whose life was decimated after the 2004 Tsunami disaster. “Locked in a Box” follows the stories of individuals held in the U.S. immigration detention system and those who visit them. It won the Morris Film Award for documentaries at the 2015 Tryon International Film Festival in North Carolina.

The 10th annual Beaufort International Film Festival runs Feb. 10-14 and will host thousands of film lovers from around the world in the coastal town of Beaufort, South Carolina. Considered one of the fastest growing film festivals in the southeast, festival organizers expect attendance to exceed the 2015 high mark of 10,000 people at the four day festival.

Awards will be presented in the areas of features, documentaries, short films, student films, screenplays, animation, comedy and audience choice.  Also, winners will be named for best actor, best actress, and best director

The complete list of 2016 Beaufort International Film Festival finalists can be found at this link.

The official Beaufort International Film Festival site has the full festival schedule and information for those wishing to attend.