South Georgia Film Festival

March 2 – 4, 2018


March 2 – 4, 2018
Valdosta State University

Celebrating the creative spirit, the South Georgia Film Festival will be showcasing the beauty of the region and its people with film screenings, panels and networking events.

Friday March 2 kicks off at the Valdosta State University Mass Media building with a media networking event organized with local partners Valdosta Daily Times and WCTV-TV. Students and pass holders will be encouraged to meet and talk with media professionals amongst the university’s recently renovated television studios. Beginning at 5:30 pm at the Annette Howell Turner for the Arts, Filmmaker Brantly Jackson Watts will screen her acclaimed film BIRTHDAY CAKE, along with her husband Jon Watts and his film MATTHEW’S GIFT. Both recently served as Filmmakers-In-Residence with the Atlanta Film Festival and will be discussing growing a filmmaking economy locally.

The documentary Rodents of Unusual Size depicts the devastation of coastal wetlands, particular around New Orleans, Louisiana – and how the community has adapted.

Saturday March 3 at the Valdosta State University Student Union Theater, day filled with regional high school and college films, along with professional films. Valdosta State University is offering substantial scholarship opportunities to the high school and college winners should they choose to attend VSU. At 1 pm, the Georgia premiere of the feature length documentary RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE, about the infestation of Nutria along the Gulf Coast and how Louisiana communities are adapting to these creatures.  Directors Chris Metzler & Jeff Spring premiered the film at NY Docs in November and will be screening at the Oxford Film Festival this February.

Simultaneously, on the third floor, a collection of great presenters thanks in part to the Georgia Council for the Arts Vibrant Community grant. Panel presentations include the likes of composer Mark Anthony Chubb, comedians and filmmakers Fray Forde and Catherine Dee Holly, Brad Kennedy and Luke Pilgrim of Sozo Bear Films, and VSU alum and Macon Film Commissioner Terrell Sandefur.

Fran Burst Terranella, the director of The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle

The screenings will conclude with the Georgia produced film THE 12 LIVES OF SISSY CARLYLE from writer/director Fran Burst Terranella. As a former president of the Georgia Production Partnership, Terranella will discuss how important the tax incentive has been to statewide industry and why she kept her film crew local. The evening will cap off with an after-party at the festival hotel, Holiday Inn & Conference Center on Hill Ave.

Sunday March 4 begins with a series of curated short films and idiosyncratic documentaries from regional filmmakers before the presentation of the awards to the winning films as they are re-screened. Last years winning films came from right here in Valdosta and Birmingham, AL. Where will the winners come from this year?


High school and college students can attend all of the day’s events by showing a valid ID.  All events after 5 pm will require a pass.

Passes are currently available through the South Georgia Film website for $35. Participants can also purchase a Day Pass for $15, and get access to all screenings, panels or events for any single day of the festival. Pick-up a VIP Pass and receive a festival t-shirt and a special thank you from our staff.

Thank you for supporting the film industry in Georgia and particularly the South Georgia Film Festival.

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The South Georgia Film Festival will be taking place in Valdosta, GA, Exit 18 off I-75.
We’re also easily accessible by the Valdosta Regional Airport, with daily flights to and from Atlanta.

Screenings will take place on the campus of Valdosta State University at the Student Union Theater.

If you drive to the festival, we encourage you to park in the Oak Street Parking deck and walk directly across the street to the theater.




Both College and High School students can attend all of the daytime activities for free by presenting a valid student ID for a Student Pass.

Festival Pass holders receive early seating during the festival, access to the filmmaker panels, and admission to the other events throughout the festival.

Day Pass holders receive access to all of the day’s screenings, panels and events for one singular day.





The Williams Group has partnered with the South Georgia Film Festival to provide great affordable lodging.
Contact either the Holiday Inn & Conference Center or the Super 8 at the following numbers

Holiday Inn (229) 244-1111

Super 8 (229) 375-0814

Please mention the South Georgia Film Festival.




The South Georgia Film Festival is thankful for the wonderful support we’ve received from our sponsors.

Along with the contributions of our other Community and Media partners