The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will celebrate the 22nd SCAD Savannah Film Festival, an annual acclamation of cinematic excellence, Oct. 26 – Nov. 2. As the largest university-run film festival in the country, it honors both professional and emerging student filmmakers during an eight-day film celebration that welcomes more than 63,000 attendees from around the world each year, including major industry luminaries – directors, writers, filmmakers and actors from the big screen.
A key stop on the Oscar festival circuit, SCAD Savannah Film Festival will screen a total of 159 films, including 35 narrative films, 15 documentary films and 109 shorts, more than any year before. The festival will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 26, with the Opening Night Gala Screening of The Aeronauts, directed by Tom Harper. The festival will close on Saturday, Nov. 2 with the Closing Gala Screening of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, directed by Marielle Heller.
The 2019 schedule includes Gala, Docs to Watch, Signature, Professional Competition, an Animation Corner, a Shorts Spotlight, Global Shorts Forum and the “Wonder Women” forum highlighting female directors, producers, writers and below the line talent at SCAD’s historic theaters and industry-leading studios. SCAD’s annual tribute to excellence in film has screened over 130 Oscar nominated films; and has honored over 75 legendary actors, directors, producers, writers, and filmmakers.
“SCAD alumni and students alike will join in the festivities at the 22nd annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival. With so many SCAD grads living in Georgia, they don’t have far to come! SCAD is a global leader in entertainment arts, and it’s our pleasure to host the best film festival anywhere,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace.
“This year’s festival is one of our best and most exciting film line-ups we’ve put together,” said SCAD Savannah Film Festival Executive Director Christina Routhier. “We are thrilled to present eight days of premiere screenings, panels, workshops, and a one-of-a-kind Immersive VR experience to SCAD, our students, and the City of Savannah. One of the highlights of this year’s festival is our annual Wonder Women series which includes award winning and rising directors, producers, writers, and below the line artists. I am even more proud that the festival will be screening films from over 50 female filmmakers making us one of the few festivals that are celebrating the work of female artists from around the world.”
Tickets and passes are available for purchase online at savannahboxoffice.com, by telephone at 912.525.5050, or in person at the Trustees Theater, located at 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah.
View the festival schedule online at https:// filmfest.scad.edu/schedule for a complete list of films and screening locations, or follow the festival on Facebook or Instagram and use #SCAD and #SAVFF.