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The Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF) is one of the newer additions to Charleston’s already packed spring schedule of festivals, but the five day film exposition is already garnering a young chic following, if Sunday’s Art Under The Oaks event was any indication.

Though thunder and intermittent showers earmarked the afternoon, a stylish crowd of partygoers hoisted up their maxi dresses and pant legs and hopped over the puddles at Middleton Plantation to enjoy an afternoon celebrating the arts. Guests checked their umbrellas at the door before snagging a Bloody Mary and a goat cheese-stuffed tomato.

Then it was off to check out the live and silent auction items, of which there were many. Those who attended congregated around the extensive selection of art works, which included pieces from John Duckworth, Thomas Crouch, and Tina Christophilis, and live music kept the party festive.

After guests had noshed and mingled, auctioneer Tom Crawford took the mic and kicked off the extensive art auction.

Proceeds from Art Under The Oaks benefited the Charleston International Film Festival. Founded in 2007, CIFF strives to bring people together through the art and science of film. The five day festival features sneak previews of the new features, industry panels, and educational workshops, as well as documentaries, shorts and animations of local, national, and international filmmakers.

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