The Savannah College of Art and Design will present its 24th annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival in-person and virtually Oct. 23-30. The largest university-run film festival in the U.S., the eight-day celebration of cinematic excellence honors both professional and student filmmakers and welcomes major industry luminaries, including award-winning directors, writers and actors.

The festival kicks off with the opening-night Gala Screening of “Belfast,” directed by Kenneth Branagh. The festival culminates Oct. 30 with the closing-night Gala Screening of “King Richard” with Aunjanue Ellis.

The Centerpiece Gala Screening of “C’mon C’mon” will be featured Oct. 27 with director and writer Mike Mills.

A key stop on the Academy Awards festival circuit, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival will screen 157 films, including 45 narrative feature films, 15 documentary feature films and 97 shorts, with 14 world premieres, 1 U.S. premiere, and 3 North American premieres – with 63 of these films directed by women.

The 2021 schedule includes Gala and Signature Screenings, professional and student competition films, Docs to Watch, Shorts Spotlight, Global Shorts Forum, and the Wonder Women and Below the Line panel series. The SCAD Savannah Film Festival has screened more than 120 Academy Award-nominated films and has honored more than 100 legendary actors, directors, producers, writers, and filmmakers from around the world.

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