Submit Your Film

Submit your film

The SCAD Savannah Film Festival features the very best in independent filmmaking. Celebrating its 24th year in 2021, the festival showcases cinematic creativity that ranges from compelling feature-length narrative and documentary films to innovative international shorts. The festival's continuous pursuit of spotlighting excellence in filmmaking results in a diverse and enriching experience for more than 63,000 attendees.

The 2021 festival takes place Oct. 23-30.

To submit your film for consideration for the 2021 SCAD Savannah Film Festival, visit

Submission period opens Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Extended deadline
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Late deadline
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Learn more about submitting your film for consideration for the 2021 SCAD Savannah Film Festival at

Competition categories

Narrative Features

From side-splitting comedies to heart-wrenching dramas, the narrative feature films selected represent diversity in storytelling, excellence in acting and directing, and exemplary cinematography and editing.

Pro Shorts

Short films selected for this category are individually paired with a competition feature or documentary and run the gamut of subject matter and style. Shorts are selected on their individual merits in storytelling and execution.


Documentaries selected present compelling stories that illuminate and educate audiences in a unique and timely manner.


Animated films selected represent the diversity of the craft, from simple, hand-drawn figures to stop-motion and digital rendering, showcasing unique storytelling at its finest.

Student Shorts

Student shorts represent solid storytelling and emerging visions from a broad range of categories including live action, narrative, documentary, and animation.

Global Shorts Forum

More than 30 powerful short films from a variety of international perspectives tackle pressing issues within our global community, including LGBTQ+ rights, mental illness, homelessness, and women's issues.

Southern Voices

From Gone with the Wind to Moonlight, films set in the South have a rich and vibrant cinematic history. The Southern Voices series showcases short films with Southern soul representing the authentic voices of the region.

Full category descriptions are available at

"There are festivals that are a business and there are festivals that genuinely care about the films, the filmmakers and nurturing new and up-and-coming talent. SCAD is certainly the latter."

— Chris Overton, Academy Award-winning filmmaker (The Silent Child)


Films chosen for competition are judged by a select panel of jurors who are active industry professionals from various filmmaking fields. Awards are announced at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival awards brunch, and all competition films are strongly encouraged to have a film representative in attendance.

Awards and prizes

The SCAD Savannah Film Festival awards "best of" category awards in every category.


To see the rules and terms for submission, visit

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