SCAD Savannah Film Festival celebrates its return to the big screen | Promotion

After going online last year due to the pandemic, the Savannah College of Art and Design is back with an in-person format for its annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival, which runs October 23-30.

Now in his 24e This year, the largest college film festival in the United States offers a packed eight-day program, featuring work from professional and student filmmakers, and attended by top industry guests. There will also be a virtual element at the event.

The festival opened on October 23 with autobiographical drama by Kenneth Branagh Belfast, who received the SCAD Lifetime Achievement Award as an actor and director.

A total of 45 feature films, 15 documentaries and 97 short films will be screened throughout the week, ending Saturday, October 30 with Reinaldo Marcus Green’s king richard, whose star Aunjanue Ellis will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award on the night.

Due to its fall venue, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival has become a key stop on the award-winning festival circuit and has screened over 120 Oscar-nominated films to date. This year’s central gala, Wednesday, October 27, is the Mike Mills award nominee go! Go on, in the presence of the screenwriter / director to accept the Festival’s Author Prize.

Other festival winners include Adrian Brody, who will receive the Vanguard Award for Wes Anderson’s The French dispatch; Clifton Collins, Jr., who will receive the Distinguished Performance Award for Jockey; and Maggie Gyllenhaal, who will receive the Rising Star Director Award for The Lost girl.

Other honors will go to Harry Gregson-Williams, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Composing Award for lifetime achievement, including The last duel; Phil Lord and Chris Miller honored with the Excellence in Animation Award for The Mitchells vs. the Machines; Ruth Negga, awarded the Spotlight Award for her role in Who passed; and Dylan Penn, who will receive the Rising Star Award for his breakout performance Flag day.

Many films screened in the festival program will be available online.

Highlights of the Digital Documentary Program directed by Liz Garbus Become Costeau, which won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the BFI London Film Festival; that of Jacques Audiard Paris, 13th arrondissement, who played in Competition at Cannes; and local horror by William Mark McCullough A bewitching savannah.

Short films available to watch online include The actress, by Andrew Ondrejcak, former student of SCAD, who follows trans director and actress Isabel Sandoval as she goes through emblematic moments in the history of cinema. The actress Over 20 SCAD students and alumni collaborated with Ondrejcak during the film production of the university’s top-ranked study programs including Performing Arts, Production Design, History of art and visual effects.

Clotilde survivor

The digital platform will also host the world premiere of Olivia Grillo and Kathryn Jamieson Clotilde survivor, which tells the story of the schooner Clotilda – the last slave ship to reach American shores that arrived in Mobile, Alabama, in 1860. The film is part of a collaboration between SCAD students and the city of Mobile to help promote Clotilda. Other projects include designs for a history museum and concepts for a boat tour experience.

The online audience will also be able to watch many of the festival’s panel events, including the Breaking Big Awards and the panel hosted by Weekly entertainment Friday (October 29). The rising stars honored this year are Alaqua Cox (Hawk Eye), Caleb McLaughlin (Concrete cowboy) Saniyya Sidney (king richard) and Suzanna Fils (Red rocket).

Other panels that will be both in-person and online include the SCAD Alumni Panel with Amazon Studios recruiter Hillary Corbin Huang; Brittany Ellis, sound supervisor and re-recording mixer for Warner Bros .; Nine Media Group producer and publisher Parham Hasibi; and Zero gravity director and producer Thomas Verrette.

Three “Wonder Women” panels will feature discussions with female talent from specific fields: producers, including Alison Owen (Elisabeth) and Debra Martin Chase (Harriet); directors, including Emma Seligman (Baby Shiva) and Annabel Jankel (Tell the bees); and below the line, including production designer Ina Mayhew (Sugar queen), editor Pamela Martin (king richard) and decorator Diane Lederman (Coda).

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