Film showcases and specialty series
The SCAD Savannah Film Festival offers the best in independent and major studio films from around the world. From feature-length films to two-minute shorts and everything in between, the festival celebrates cinematic excellence from award-winning and emerging filmmakers. More than 100 competition films are selected from more than 2,000 annual entries, along with dozens of panels, workshops, and special guest interviews led by leading entertainment journalists.
Competitions are held in nine categories, including Narrative Features, Professional Shorts, Student Shorts, Documentary Features, and Animated Shorts, as well as several specialty competition series. The festival's Gala Screenings and Signature Screenings feature top and soon-to-be-released films poised for contention in the next Oscar season. The Docs to Watch series, hosted by Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter, presents the top 10 documentaries of the year. Pixels and Pencils: Top Animated Contenders, hosted by Clayton Davis of Variety, highlights the top animated films of the year.
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Docs to Watch
Hosted by Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter, Docs to Watch showcases the top 10 must-see documentaries of the year that are campaigning for Academy Award recognition. Directors participate in post-screening Q&A sessions, culminating in the Docs to Watch: Directors Roundtable.
Pixels and Pencils: Top Animated Contenders
Hosted by Clayton Davis of Variety, Pixels and Pencils spotlights the top animated films of the year. Showcasing a broad array of artistic avenues and animation styles, these films tell compelling stories as they contend for Oscar acclaim. Directors participate in post-screening Q&As and join Davis for a roundtable discussion during the festival.
Entertainment Weekly Breaking Big Awards
In this panel hosted by festival media partner Entertainment Weekly, the breakout stars of today discuss their current projects, how they got their start in entertainment, and what's next in their careers.
Variety's 10 Artisans to Watch
Variety senior artisans editor Jazz Tangcay hosts this panel honoring the behind-the-scenes artists and other rising stars invaluable to the year's best films. The list of honorees reflects contributions across cinematography, costume design, editing, hair and makeup, production design, sound editing and design, and visual effects.
Panels and Workshops
Panels and workshops are an essential part of SCAD Savannah Film Festival programming. From software and special effects demonstrations to discussions with industry stars and insiders, festival panels offer key insights on the filmmaking process.