SCAD Savannah Film Festival Off to Big Start

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SCAD Savannah Film Festival is in full swing. Now in its 22nd year, the largest university-run film festival in the country honors both professional and emerging student filmmakers during an eight-day film celebration that welcomes more than 63,000 attendees from around the world each year, including major industry luminaries – directors, writers, filmmakers and actors from the big screen.

A key stop on the Oscar festival circuit, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival will screen a total of 159 films, including 35 narrative films, 15 documentary films and 109 shorts, more than any year before. The Opening Night Gala Screening featured The Aeronauts, followed by a Q+A with director Tom Harper.

Moderator Sam Lansky and director Tom Harper speak onstage at the Opening Night Screening Of “The Aeronauts” during the 22nd SCAD Savannah Film Festival on October 26, 2019 at Trustees Theater in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)

Prior to the film, SCAD honored Danielle Macdonald with the Rising Star Award.

Tom Harper, SCAD President & Founder Paula Wallace and Danielle Macdonald attend the Rising Star Award Presentation to Danielle Macdonald at the 22nd SCAD Savannah Film Festival on October 26, 2019 at Trustees Theater in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Composing Honoree Alan Silvestri introduced a special 25th Anniversary Screening of Forrest Gump.

Red carpet guests on Saturday night included SCAD President and Founder Paula WallaceJ. AlexanderBrad Schiff (Missing Link) with puppet Mr. Link,  SCAD alumni Kiandra Richardson (Empire), SCAD student filmmakers Shayain Lakhani  and Devon Solwold (winners of the 2019 Coca-Cola and Regal Films Competition) and others.

 

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