SCAD Savannah Film Festival has been in part, a celebration of female filmmakers. Now in its 3rd year, the Wonder Women Panel Series focuses on the cinematic achievements and contributions of women in film and television and features directors, producers, and writers. This year the festival is screening over 50 films directed by female filmmakers.
Wonder Women: Producers included: Amy Emmerich, president North America, Refinery29; Carla Hacken, producer and president, Paper Pictures; Alison Owen, How to Build a Girl, Elizabeth, Harlots; Sue Naegle, chief creative officer, Annapurna Pictures.
Wonder Women: Directors included: Annabelle Attanasio, Mickey and the Bear; Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, The Mustang; Jocelyn DeBoer, Greener Grass; Dawn Luebbe, Greener Grass; Gail Mancuso, Modern Family, A Dog’s Journey; Olivia Wilde, Booksmart; Kaila York, Never See Her Again, Home Is Where the Killer Is.
Wonder Women: Writers included: Moira Buffini, Byzantium, Harlots, Jane Eyre; Sarah Gubbins, I Love Dick, Better Things, Shirley; Katie Silberman, Isn’t It Romantic, Booksmart, Tom and Jerry.
Olivia Wilde was honored with the Rising Star Director Award and dazzled everyone on the red carpet in a Carolina Herrera dress. She also participated in a Q+A following the screening of her film Booksmart, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. Actress Valerie Pachner received the Discovery Award and participated in a Q+A for A Hidden Life, moderated by Variety’s Marc Malkin.
During the day, Alan Cumming participated in a special In Conversation about his career, moderated by Time Magazine’s Sam Lansky. Positron presented their Voyager® VR activation with Dinner Party at Southern Motors Automotive.