The Savannah College of Art and Design today announced the return of the SCAD Savannah Film Festival as an all-virtual presentation, from October 24 to 31, 2020. Audiences can connect with cinephiles worldwide as they experience live film premieres and unique, interactive programming from the comfort and safety of their homes.
Aligning with the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2020 virtual presentation will continue with the festival plans for gala premiere screenings, spotlights, competitions, events, and forums, including the Docs to Watch and Wonder Women series, as well as exclusive video messages from filmmakers, live Q&A events, and other original content. Ticket sales begin Thursday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. ET, when the full schedule of programming is released.
As the largest university-run film festival in the U.S., the SCAD Savannah Film Festival is a distinguished stop on the road to the Academy Awards. SCAD has screened more than 125 Oscar-nominated films and honored more than 90 legendary actors, directors, producers, writers, and filmmakers. The festival’s competition films, panels, workshops, Q&As, and class visits unite these leading professionals with SCAD students across a range of degree programs including performing arts, film and television, dramatic writing, production design, sound design, and visual effects.
SCAD students and alumni contribute to huge blockbusters, celebrated indies, and major studio films that receive top honors. At the 2020 Academy Awards, 230 SCAD alumni and students were recognized for their contributions to 21 nominated films, including A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Joker, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Irishman, and The Lighthouse. Fifty-seven SCAD alumni worked as artists, animators, and compositors on the Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, which was nominated for the 2020 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Sixty-one SCAD alumni were honored for their work on films nominated for Best Animated Feature, including How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Missing Link, and Toy Story 4.
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