Last year’s Charleston Film Festival — the second to be held and first organized by Terrace Theater owner Paul Brown — was noticeably lacking a strong local film focus. Big-name features like Barney’s Version and The Whistleblower dominated the schedule, while a block of local shorts was left to represent the city’s emerging talent. This time around, Brown has brought in Nicholai Burton of the Greater Park Circle Film Society to program the regionally produced films that will be shown at CFF, which will take place March 8-11, 2012.

“We are thrilled to be working with Nicholai and GPCFS, to share in our collective passion for top-quality movies,” Brown says. The Society will solicit films from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, and submissions to next weekend’s Lowcountry Indie Shorts will be considered for CFF as well.

“I’m really excited about it,” Burton says. “It’s good to be taken seriously by an established organization like the Terrace, who recognizes us as a growing force for indie film in Charleston. They took a chance to let us lead a sizeable part of the festival, and I hope to not disappoint.”

There is no application fee and there are no restrictions on submissions. Films must have been produced in 2011, and they can have been shown in other festivals or events. There will be some cash prizes, and currently the CFF website says that a winner will receive a guaranteed week of exhibition at the Terrace; more details on prizes will be released as the dates get closer.

Visit CFF’s website to stay up to date.