Savannah Film Festival gets underway

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – The Savannah College of Art and Design has announced jurors and the films competing in its 13th annual Savannah Film Festival.

The festival takes place Oct. 30 - Nov. 6 in downtown Savannah. Films will compete in these categories: narrative features, documentary features, professional shorts, animated shorts and student entries.

This year's entries come from nearly 12 countries including Cambodia, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

Among the 35 films in competition are: Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Bill Plympton's animated short, "The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger"; Emmy Award-nominated MTV animator Patrick Smith's musical short, "Masks;"  "Dressed," the inspirational story of fashion designer Nary Manivong; "Quadrangle," a documentary about two middle-class couples; "Night Catches Us," and "The Kid," according to SCAD.

Jurors for this year's film festival include:

  • James Foley, director, "Glengarry Glen Ross," "At Close Range," TV's "Twin Peaks"
  • Lisa Gillian, head of production and development for Red Om Films, Julia Roberts' production company
  • Lynn Hirshfeld, Participant Media's senior vice president of publishing, involved in production of  "The Kite Runner," "Charlie Wilson's War," "Good Night and Good Luck," "An Inconvenient Truth"
  • Alicia Lipinski, vice president of development at Headlong Entertainment
  • Stephen Nathan, executive producer for the television series, "Bones." Emmy nominee for writing "Tracey Takes On…" Produced "Laverne & Shirley," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Joan of Arcadia"
  • Amy Robinson, producer, "Julie & Julia," "After Hours." Actress, "Mean Streets"
  • Kaila York, founder of Headlong Entertainment

For more information on the films in competition, visit

Film festival passes will be available at the SCAD box office at 216 E. Broughton St., online at or by phone at 912.525.5050.

Individual tickets to screenings and workshops will be available through the SCAD box office starting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 1. Morning and afternoon screenings and panels will be $5 for the general public; $3 for students, seniors and military; and free for SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD ID.

Evening screenings will be $10 for the general public and $5 for SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD ID.

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