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A key stop on the Oscar festival circuit, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival today announced the award winners for the 21st anniversary celebration during an awards brunch held at The Olde Pink House. The top awards went to The Human Element for Best Documentary Feature, and Tomorrow for Best Narrative Feature.

Twenty-seven awards were announced from the 105 films that competed in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, professional shorts, animated shorts, and student shorts selections.

SCAD also honored 17 masters of their craft including Emily Blunt, Icon Award; John Krasinski, Vanguard Award; Maggie Gyllenhaal, Outstanding Achievement in Acting and Producing Award; Hugh Jackman, Legend of Cinema Award; Armie Hammer, Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award; Kayli Carter, SCAD40 Prize; Stephan James and KiKi Layne, Discovery Award; Chloë Grace Moretz, Lumiére Award; Amandla Stenberg, Rising Star Award; and John David Washington, Distinguished Performance Award. Entertainment Weekly’s Breakout Award honorees included SCAD alumna Kayli Carter (Private Life), Raúl Castillo (We the Animals), Winston Duke (Black Panther), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace), Hari Nef (Assassination Nation) and Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place).

Kalyli Carter also received the SCAD40 Prize. Awarded at signature events throughout this 40th anniversary year, the SCAD40 Prize is presented to graduates who give all of themselves — hand, head, and heart — to their creative careers in the highest ranks of culture and business.

2018 SCAD Savannah Film Festival Award Winners


Best Narrative Feature – Tomorrow
Best Documentary Feature – The Human Element
Best Narrative Short – Geoff
Best Directing – Will Kenning & Michael Rouse – Geoff
Best Editing – Hold The Night
Jury Award for Acting – Skyler Samuels – Spare Room
Jury Award for Screenwriting – One Cambodian Family Please For My Pleasure
Jury Award, Unheard Voices – Facing The Dragon


Best Animated Short – Grands Canons
Animation Jury Award – The Likes and Dislikes of Marj Bagley
Best Student Short – Blue Christmas
Best Student Animation – Creature From The Lake
Silver Screen Society – Best Short Film by a SCAD Student – $30 To Antarctica
Student Jury Award – Cinematographer


Best Global Short Overall – Period. End of Sentence.
Best Global Short: Narrative – Believe Her
Best Global Short: Documentary – Period. End of Sentence.
Best Global Short: LGBTQ & You – Conway Pride
Best Global Short: Woman Walks Ahead – Period. End of Sentence.
Best Global Short: Don’t Dis My Ability – Take Me To The Waves
Best Global Short: A Sporting Chance – The Conqueror
Global Shorts: Jury Award – Boy Saint
Global Shorts Jury Award – Marie’s Crisis


Shorts Spotlight: Best of Show – My Indiana Muse
Shorts Spotlight: Best Animated Delight – One Small Step
Shorts Spotlight: Best LOLz Short – Bertie
Shorts Spotlight: Best Bump in the Night Short – Other Side of the Box

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