Academy Awardnominated actors Matt Dillon (“Crash”) and Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”) will be honored with Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Awards at the 15th annual Savannah Film Festival, Oct. 27 – Nov. 3. The film festival, presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will also honor actress Michelle Monaghan (“Gone Baby Gone”) with a “Spotlight Award” for her performance in “Tomorrow You’re Gone” and Academy Award-winning writer and director Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”) will receive the “SCAD Cinevation Award,” which is given to one director for imagination, inspiration and innovation in cinema. Special gala screenings to include “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Flight,” “Amour,” “Quartet,” “The Sapphires,” “Rust & Bone,” “On the Road” and “Rise of the Guardians.
The Savannah Film Festival has become one of the largest entertainment events in the Southeast. The festival features more than 30 competition films, selected from more than 1,000 entries in the categories of feature, short, animation, documentary and student competition that are submitted from around the world. During the festival, professional workshops and lectures for the community and area high school and college students address topics such as acting, directing, producing, animation and filmmaking, among others. SCAD students are also given the opportunity to network with filmmakers, directors, studio executives, producers and others to gain further understanding of their chosen career.
Over the past seven years, many of the evening screenings at the festival have garnered Academy Award nominations. The festival has U.S. premiered two Pedro Almodovar films as well as films by Robert Redford and Woody Allen. Special gala screenings, which were shown before their national release, include “127 Hours,” “Amelie,” “Babel,” “Black Swan,” “Precious,” “Sideways,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Artist,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “The Wrestler” and “Up in the Air.” Each year, distinguished honorees are presented awards for excellence in the entertainment industry. Past honored and special guests have included award winning actors Peter O’Toole, Michael Douglas, Oliver Stone, Jane Fonda, Sidney Lumet, Sir Ian McKellen, Isabella Rossellini, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Barkin,
Liam Neeson, Vanessa Redgrave, Norman Jewison, James Marsden, Tommy Lee Jones, John Waters, James Franco, Alec Baldwin, Ray Liotta, Aaron Eckhart, Roger Ebert, Terrence Malick, Sydney Pollack, Malcolm Mc- Dowell and Milos Forman.
Tickets and passes can be purchased online at savannahboxoffice.com, via phone at 912.525.5050 or in person at the box office window, 216 E. Broughton St, Savannah. Festival passes are still available for purchase. For more information, visit scad.edu/filmfest or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter at @savfilmfest.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees to prepare talented students for professional careers. As the most comprehensive art and design university in the world, SCAD offers more than 40 majors and more than 50 minors at distinctive locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning.