The Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF), which is going into its seventh year next year, has begun an education initiative for local high school students called Script-to-Screen.

The program is launching this December with classes at Academic Magnet High School, Wando High School, and Goose Creek High School, where award-winning filmmakers will teach students about screenwriting. Students will then create an eight to 10 page script, which they can enter into a CIFF competition. The strongest student screenplay will be created into a short film by professional filmmakers and shown at the 2014 CIFF.

The program is just in its pilot stages, but if all goes well the festival hopes to expand Script-to-Screen into more area schools. The 2014 Charleston International Film Festival will be held April 9-13 at the Sottile Theatre. Learn more at charlestoniff.org.