Our Mission

To highlight underrepresented groups, influential women and veterans in both film and the community, and to bolster careers by screening film and offering distribution.

FFI Torch Awards 2019

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Our Message


The message is simple. This festival belongs to Freedom, Freedom of Artistic Expression, Freedom of Independence, and Freedom of Inclusion! "This is our festival. There are many others like it, but this one is ours!"

Our Festival


What makes us unique is that we not only highlight underrepresented groups, but we also promote equality and those who sacrifice for Freedom! With live screenings, social network events, seminars, and live entertainment, you don't want to miss this festival!

Our Programs


There will be a Q&A panel discussion with industry professionals and one-of-a-kind seminars such as Fight/Stunt Choreography, Musical Composition/Scoring, Writing, and SFX Makeup! There will also be original art exhibitions and our coveted Torch Awards Ceremony!

The Venue

Spotlight Cinemas



Spotlight Cinemas opened their first theater in April 1996. This first theater located in Bangor, Maine started as a discount theater. In 2003, adjusting to industry changes, the cinema was upgraded with stadium seating and began showing first run movies. Since then, Spotlight has grown to 7 locations and almost 50 screens along the East Coast - from Maine to South Carolina. Many things have changed over the years, but not our dedication to provide quality family entertainment and exceptional value.

All Spotlight locations feature digital projection and sound. Some locations have 3D and stadium seating. We even re-introduced the discount theater concept at our St. Andrews Cinema in Columbia, SC.

We look forward to showing you the best movies. Enjoy the show.

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Freedom Festival International

2627 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, South Carolina 29205, United States