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Savannah Film Festival means big business boost

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah is welcoming thousands of guests right now for SCAD's 2015 Savannah Film Festival.
 
As you can imagine, hotels are booked up and the stores on Broughton Street are seeing a lot of customers.

WTOC stopped by The Marshall House, where filmmakers were enjoying some lunch.

"We hope for this day to come around every year," said Alfredo Soto, Executive Sous Chef, Marshall House. "We came off a very slow summer and this is helping us a lot. It's just exciting to be busy."

The Marshall House is serving filmmakers and festival pass holders breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day this week.  When they're not here eating, many are out spending money at local shops.

"I went to Leopold's and had ice cream. I had Tutti Frutti, that's what they said was the famous thing, and then we're going to do a ghost tour tonight," said Leah McKendrick, filmmaker, L.A.

"I walked around yesterday around the Riverwalk," said Grace Santos, film producer, L.A.

Hotels are seeing a big boost too, many of them are booked up for the week.
     
"Just jam packed with people," said Soto.

"It was very difficult for Friday and Saturday night,” said Santos. “It was all booked but then I eventually found a place."

“We had to look at a few places because not everything was available because everything was packed," said McKendrick. "I also had no idea that the festival was going to be so huge. I showed up and I was like, 'what? This is all for the festival?' I mean food and the red carpet and there were jugglers and all of this crazy stuff and I was like, 'this is amazing.'"

Now that these filmmakers have seen what Savannah has to offer, they can't wait to come back.

"I can't wait to tell everybody you need to go to Savannah Film Festival,” said McKendrick.  “You have no idea what you'll be in for."
 
The festival wraps up Saturday.

For more information, click here to visit the 2015 Savannah Film Festival website.

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