Logo - Carolina Film Alliance - CFA 25th Anniversary 2023

Celebrating 25 years

Advocating for the Film and Television industry in South Carolina

Welcome to the Carolina Film Alliance

The Carolina Film Alliance is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to building the motion picture, television and creative digital media industries in South Carolina.

Our Focus

Economic growth

Through the expansion of effective South Carolina Film incentives to attract film, television, and commercial projects to our state, we can grow the economy.


Professional networking

South Carolina is home to hundreds of film and television professionals. This is a unique opportunity to build connections that build careers in the industry.

Professional development

Thanks to the SC Film Commission and its connections with award winning television and film professionals, invaluable skills are learned both on-set and in the classroom.

Creating jobs and opportunities in SC

Join us in creating new opportunities for South Carolinians in the film and television industry


‘Outer Banks’ filming in Charleston suspended due to nationwide writers strike

It’s lights, camera, inaction for “Outer Banks.”

Production work in Charleston for the fourth season of the Netflix hit streaming series was suspended this week as an expanded strike shut down much of the entertainment industry, setting the stage for Hollywood’s biggest labor fight in decades.

The original walkout, by the 11,500-member Writers Guild of America, started May 2 over contractual disputes with studios, networks and streaming platforms involving pay and other issues.

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Who are we?

  • Producers and directors
  • Film and television crew
  • Actors and voice-over talent
  • Vendors and suppliers
  • Your neighbors, friends and relatives

“When given an opportunity, deliver excellence and never quit.”
― Robert Rodriguez

Join the mission

Become a member. Join us in our mission to advocate for jobs created by the film and television industry in South Carolina.

Upcoming Events

INDUSTRY HAIR STYLING @ ETV Upstate Studios @ USC-Upstate
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day

Sept. 23-24
ETV Upstate Studios @ USC-Upstate
Spartanburg, SC

The South Carolina Film Commission and Urban League of the Upstate have partnered up for a two-day PRODUCTION INDUSTRY HAIR STYLING workshop, hosted by ETV Studios and USC-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC.

Led by noted Hair Department Head Joyce Gilliard (Rise, Women of the Movement, Genuis [season 4]), the training is for current hair professionals seeking careers in the professional production industry. It will focus on an industry orientation, Hair Department overview, wigs, period hairstyling, laying hair techniques for character development, and other info.

The training will include hands-on elements. Trainees should be licensed cosmetologists and will be required to bring tools and supplies. See application below for more details. Meals and some supplies for in-class use will be provided.

Applicants selected for the training will be informed by Sept. 15 and will receive additional details then.


Applications due by Sept. 15.

SET DECORATION / SET DRESSING @ Trident Technical College
Oct 7 – Oct 8 all-day
SET DECORATION / SET DRESSING @ Trident Technical College | North Charleston | South Carolina | United States

Oct. 7-8
Trident Technical College
North Charleston, SC

The South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College will host a two-day SET DECORATION/SET DRESSING workshop Oct. 7-8 at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC.

The program is free for eligible South Carolina residents. Led by Set Decorator Missy Ricker and Lead Man Stephen C. Peterman, participants will receive a comprehensive introduction to the workings of a Set Decoration Department for Film and Television. Trainees will explore the process of Visualizing, Sourcing and Shopping, Budgeting, and Physically Dressing a Set in this hands-on intensive workshop.

Some direct or related experience or understanding of filmmaking is required, as the workshop will dive right into the workings of the Set Decoration department.


Applications due by Sept. 30.

About Missy Ricker
Missy is a South Carolina based Set Decorator for the Film and Television Industry. With a MFA in Photography and Filmmaking, Missy began her career as a stagehand at the Virginia Opera and various venues, also working as an Art Director for commercials and television series. She now has dozens of credits as a Set Decorator, including Halloween (2018), Outer Banks Seasons 1-4, and Army Wives.

About Stephen C. Peterman
Steve is a Leadman for the Film and Television industry based in Wilmington, NC. After starting in LA, Steven ended up in Wilmington while working on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Since then he’s worked on a variety of Film and TV projects, including Betsy’s Wedding, Shanghai Noon, Black Knight, One Tree Hill, and Outer Banks.

COSTUMING with The Costuming Academy @ ViRTUAL COURSE
Oct 28 – Nov 11 all-day
COSTUMING with The Costuming Academy @ ViRTUAL COURSE

COSTUMING with The Costuming Academy
Oct. 28: Virtual Start-up (approx. one hour)
Oct. 28-Nov 10: Independent Completion of Five Virtual Courses
Nov. 11: Wrap-Up/Q&A/Mentoring (approx. two-hours) 

The South Carolina Film Commission has teamed up with The Costuming Academy for a comprehensive, virtual training on the production industry Costume Department. Upon completion, trainees will leave with first-day confidence, knowing the language of a Costumer and understand the skills being used, whether they’re starting as a PA or an Entry-level Costumer. 

The curriculum has been created by Costume veterans Donna Schultz and Sharon Sampson, opening a window into the wealth of knowledge available from industry professionals like themselves. Donna and Sharon will lead participants throughout the process, with a live orientation at the start of the course (via Zoom), a live Q&A/Mentor session at the completion of the modules (via Zoom), and six months of access to the TCA community, where they can continue to ask questions and network.

The five courses cover:

  • Unions & Productions (full overview of every production department and how costumers works with each one)

  • Entry Level Costumer (what you need to know to get started)

  • Set Protocol for Costumers

  • Shopping and Returns

  • Tools of the Trade


Applications due Oct. 20.

About Donna Schultz
Donna Schultz has led a distinguished career in key positions within the Costuming world on projects such as Big Little Lies, Westworld, Mrs. Davis, and Shazam 2. Beginning in theater 35 years ago, she focused her talents on such specialties as costume manufacturing, touring globally with Michael Jackson and Sheryl Crow.

About Sharon Sampson
In her 38 year career, Emmy-nominated Sharon Sampson has worn every hat in Hollywood’s costuming industry. Her resume includes Cheers, Family Ties, Westworld, Glow, and Mrs. Davis, Costume Designing Becker and feature films Drop Dead and LA Blues. Her unparalleled understanding of the costuming process and seamless understanding of the various roles within the costume department makes her an expert resource for those wishing to gain employment within this rewarding industry.

Beaufort International Film Festival 2024 @ USCB Center for the Arts
Feb 20 – Feb 25 all-day
Beaufort International Film Festival 2024 @ USCB Center for the Arts | Beaufort | South Carolina | United States

The mission of the Beaufort International Film Festival is to enliven our community by fostering and developing a rich appreciation for the art of filmmaking.

In 2007 the Beaufort Regional Film Commission presented the inaugural Beaufort Film Festival. The purpose of the festival is to recognize aspiring filmmakers of almost every genre to include independent film, music, animation, short and long features, documentaries, and screenwriting.It is also an opportunity to showcase the beautiful “film-friendly” region of Beaufort and the Carolina Sea Islands.

For the past quarter of a century Beaufort has served as the backdrop for more than 20 major motion pictures, to include Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, The Prince of Tides, and many more. Through this festival we will reintroduce our sweeping marsh vistas, antebellum homes, and quiet charm of the old south to a new generation of filmmakers.

The 2023 BIFF was a big success with over 12,000 people attending from 36 states and 6 countries. Over 60 films were showcased including several world premieres. BIFF is consistently ranked in the top 100 of the Best Reviewed Film Festivals in the World by FilmFreeway.