SCAD Savannah Film Festival returns for its 25th anniversary

At the Savannah College of Art & Design
Timothy Hutto

It’s a festival and celebration that you don’t want to miss!

The SCAD Savannah Film Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary and there is so much to look forward to. The festival is filled with insane cinematic creativity from emerging student filmmakers and award-winning professionals. The festival has become a respected stop on the road to the Academy Awards. Yes, the Academy Awards! There will be exclusive screenings, competition films, feature films, documentaries, shorts, animated films, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses and engagement with SCAD students, at SCAD’s historic theaters and industry-leading studio spaces.

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The festival’s lineup is a good one! It kicks off with a gala opening night screening and reception. There will be the “Docs to Watch” series, hosted by Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 23, that’ll present the top 10 documentaries of the year. Variety will host the “10 Artisans to Watch” and “Creative Impact Award.” The festival will wrap up with a special closing night screening and reception.

If this year’s festival is anything like previous years, then attendees are in for a treat. The 2021 festival honored Adrien Brody, Aunjanue Ellis, Chris Miller, Clifton Collins Jr., Dylan Penn, Harry Gregson-Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mike Mills, Odessa Young, Phil Lord, Ruth Negga and Simon Rex. The gala screenings were top tier as well, including “Belfast,” “C’mon C’mon,” “Cyrano,” “King Richard,” “Mothering Sunday,” “Red Rocket,” “Spencer,” “The French Dispatch,” “The Lost Daughter” and “The Power of the Dog.”

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Each year, more than 63,000 people attend the eight-day festival. This year’s festival will run from Oct. 22-29. Passes for the 2022 SCAD Savannah Film Festival are on sale now. Tickets to individual events will be available for purchase Monday, Oct. 3 online.

SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Location: Trustees Theater - 216 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401; Date: Oct. 22-29; Admission: Passes start at $100; Website:; Contact: 912-525-5050

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