The Savannah College of Art and Design has announced the honorees and film lineup for the 20th SCAD Savannah Film Festival.
This year’s 13 honorees are Richard Gere (Lifetime Achievement Award), Zoey Deutch (Rising Star Award), Mariska Hargitay (Humanitarian Award), Ashley Judd (Virtuoso Award), Kyra Sedgwick (Spotlight Award), Andrea Riseborough (Outstanding Supporting Actress Award for “Battle of the Sexes”), and Willow Shields (Rising Star Award), joining previously announced honorees John Boyega, Salma Hayek Pinault, Holly Hunter, Robert Pattinson, Aaron Sorkin and Patrick Stewart.
The Georgia festival will begin with the opening night gala screening of Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” and the festival’s centerpiece gala screening will feature Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird.”
The SCAD Savannah Film Festival highlights films it considers to be awards contenders. The 17 films with Gala Screenings in this year’s festival include “I, Tonya,” “The Shape of Water,” “Downsizing,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Other films like “Logan,” “Battle of the Sexes,” and “The Big Sick” are part of the Signature Series screenings and will feature Q&A sessions with directors, actors, producers, and writers.
“For 20 years, SCAD has celebrated the best of the best in film, and each year at the SCAD Savannah
Film Festival, guests and industry greats alike see that the best is yet to come,” said SCAD President and
Founder Paula Wallace.
This year’s festival will show 131 films, including 33 narrative films, 16 documentaries, and 82 shorts and will run from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4.
The Savannah College of Art and Design has seen more than 8,100 students go into animation, film, broadcast and other entertainment jobs.