gb-color-22-fl The Charleston International Film Festival has been growing steadily in its eight years of existence. This year's installment featured 86 films from all over the globe, including three from South Carolina. Festivities kicked off on Wednesday with a screening of the Martin Scorsese-produced crime drama The Wannabe. And while there were a number of fantastic feature films shown at the festival, the CIFF has become well-known for its short film selections in recent years. There were a great number of standouts this year that are well worth seeking out online now that the festival has passed. One Armed Man is a nerve-rattling exercise in tension centered around a disgruntled cotton gin employee who visits his former employer. With great acting and sound editing that ratchets up the suspense, it's a short you won't soon forget. Grape Soda is a lyrical, melancholy drama about a man and the despair that grows in him because of a rift between him and his wife. If you're in the mood for something more lighthearted, check out Peanut Butter Jelly, an animated short in the vein of a Pixar movie, or The Man Who Fed His Shadow, about a magician who claims to, you guessed it, feed his shadow. Check out the link below for more great shorts! Read the full article here: The Short Films Shine at This Year's Charleston International Film Festival

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