Official Early Selections

As we began receiving submissions in April of this year, a handful of films rose to the top. While we continue to receive submissions, these films deserved extra recognition. This year have six Official Early Selections, which cover all of our categories.

These films will screen at this year’s festival and most will have someone from the film in attendance. We thank these filmmakers for screening with us and look forward to sharing these films with our community!

 

CRUEL HEARTS (IMDB)   FEATURE

Young man discovers the woman he’s been sleeping is married to a notorious crime boss. When he confesses, the two form an unlikely, dangerous friendship.Thriller – 1 hr 30 min
Language, violence, sexual situations.Director/Writer: Paul Osborne
Producers: Jonathan Brown, Joe Pezzula, Leslie Osborne, Robert Hornack, Bill Eikost
Cast: Patrick Day, Alev Aydin, Melora Hardin, Eddie Jemison, Bonnie Root, Marion Kerr, Dawn Brodey

SPACE GIRLS (IMDB) SHORT

During a sleepover, four space obsessed 9-year-old girls embark on a secret mission in their cardboard rocket. ‘Space Girls’ is a film that celebrates the power of the imagination, the importance of STEM education & girl power.

Narrative – 10 min

Director/Writer/Producer: Carys Watford
Cast: Bella Padden, Anika Selvarajah, Helena Albright, Emily Albright, Sophia Capasso, Laurence Pears, Evan Cregan

MAGIC PLAY        COLLEGE

A shy boy wizard-in-training is forced into a play date with a witch girl who is unpredictable with her magic. From SCAD student Natasha Cánepa.

Animation – 3 1/2 min

Director/Writer/Animator: Nathasha Cánepa (SCAD)

PEGGY (IMDB) SHORT

Everything seems to work out perfectly for Peggy, but her social graces are put to the test when she is surrounded by admiring and covetous parents at a birthday party for her eight-year-old son. From Georgia Filmmaker Justin Miller.

Narrative – 12 min

Director/Writer: Justin Miller (Georgia Tech)
Producer: J Christopher Campbell
Cast: Sarah Blackman, Josh Warren, Jason MacDonald, Muretta Moss, Kristen Shawn, Kurt Yue, Mindy Sparks, Stephanie Campbell, Bonny Breuer

SOLITUDE     HIGH SCHOOL

In 1944 one woman is forced to face the harsh realities of war and experience the true meaning of solitude.

High School – 7 1/2 min

Director/Writer: Julia Bhansali
Producers: Julia Bhansali, Maddie Gall
Cast: Maddie Gall, Spencer Mercier

HEAVENS (IMDB) SHORT

A Colonel returns home from a long mission, but faces the same problems he knew from the military. A golf ball hits him in the head, putting him in an even bigger bureaucratic agency, called Heaven.

Narrative – 14 min

Director/Writer/Producer: Jonas Schubach (Florida State)
Cast: Gordon Ginsberg, Meredith Melville, Charisse Norment, Pamela Williams

The regular submission deadline for the South Georgia Film Festival is December 8. This year’s festival will be held March 1, 2, & 3 on the campus of Valdosta State University. Winners of the High School and College categories are eligible for scholarships to Valdosta State University thanks to the University Admissions office.

Passes to this year’s festival are currently available and discounted through the end of 2018. The All Access VIP pass, which includes a t-shirt and access to the upcoming Georgia Production Partnership event costs $75. The Festival Pass which offers access to all screenings, panels and daily events are $35. Tickets are available through the SouthGeorgiaFilm.com website.

For more information about the festival, contact Jason Brown, Festival Director at 229-219-1298 or jasonebrown@valdosta.edu

South Georgia Film Festival announces 2018 Winners

2018 South Georgia Film Festival

VALDOSTA – The 2018 South Georgia Film Festival concluded with Kathryne Garrido, high school animator from Gastonia, NC, taking the top prize for her film “Daydreamer.” Garrido joined a crowd of filmmakers recognized for their work.

“We are so proud of the turnout and reception for this year’s festival,” said Jason Brown, festival director and assistant professor of mass media at Valdosta State University. “This year’s event was a tremendous success in terms of local and regional response.”

The 2018 South Georgia Film Festival screened 36 films between March 2, 3 and 4 at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts and the VSU Student Union Theater. Visiting filmmakers presented panels on various topics, including how to grow a film community. Panelists and local celebrities joined these filmmakers to judge the films.

Sonny Shroyer, Audrey King of Georgia Power, filmmaker Kathryne Garrido and festival director Jason Brown celebrate the Best in Fest award.
Garrido, of Gastonia, NC, walked away with Best High School film, Best Direction and Best in Fest at this year’s South Georgia Film Festival.

The three category winners were:
Daydreamer” by  Kathryne Garrido – High School category
Garrido’s film was a stop-animation film which she said took one month to complete for every minute of footage. Garrido is currently a high school junior from Gastonia, NC.

The First Month” by Laura Holliday – College category
Holliday recently graduated of Idyllwild Arts Academy in California and attends Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, she recently was recognized as a Sundance Ignite Fellow at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Holliday’s film, currently available on FUNNY OR DIE, was an autobiographical story of a young woman going off to an Arts Boarding School.

Cursed World Problems” by Doug Hawley – Open Category
Hawley is a film professional in Los Angeles. His film is a satirical look at a family dealing with old world curses.

All three films were awarded a lovely trophy from Harmon’s Awards here in Valdosta, and they also received tickets to Wild Adventures theme park for the 2018 season. Both the college and high school winners also received a $2,000 per semester scholarship to attend Valdosta State University.

Thanks to an award from American Youth Film Festival, the runners-up in the High School and College divisions were also recognized. Derek Walker, from Decatur, received the High School runner-up certificate for his film “Global Dynamics: A Robot Doc.” Javad Daraei, from Karaj, Iran, was recognized as the college runner-up for his film “Limit.”

“Daydreamer” was also recognized as the best film in competition overall. This year’s judges, which included filmmakers, panelists and local celebrities, reviewed all of this year’s films and decided to recognize much of the work of filmmakers in other ways as well.

That recognition included:

Best Narrative was awarded to Laura Holliday’s The First Month.
Best Documentary was awarded to David Johnson and Sonja Norris for 19 Year: The Story of Dick Rockey, Tom Odom and Valdosta State University Football.

Best Actress was awarded to Doree Seay from Cursed World Problems.
Best Actor was awarded to Davod Moeini Kiya from the film Limit.
Best Ensemble Cast was awarded to the cast of The First Month

Best Production Design was awarded to Limit.
Best Cinematography was awarded to Dwayne Green for The Butcher.
Best Sound Design was awarded to Colin Guthrie for Western Jubilee.
Best Editing was awarded to Gabby Fiszman for Utforska.
Best Director was awarded to Kathryne Garrido for Daydreamer.

“We would like to thank Georgia Power for their generous contribution to the festival,” said Brown. “Audrey King of Georgia Power was able to present the awards Sunday at the South Georgia Film Festival ceremony along with our own Sonny Shroyer.

“This year’s festival also received a tremendous amount of support from the Valdosta State University College of the Arts and a grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts. We greatly appreciate that.”

Community sponsors such as Valdosta Daily Times, WCTV, the City of Valdosta, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, the Turner Center, Fairway Outdoor, 92.1 Talk, Tipsy Transit and Fusion Marketing were instrumental making this year’s festival a success.

 

 

Films Selected for 2018 South Georgia Film Festival

With a great group of submissions this year, the South Georgia Film Festival has selected the following films for this year’s 2018 festival.

        High School
Beach Renourishment by Philip Ignatoff
Daydreamer by Kat Garrido
Enough is Enough by Michelle Espinoza
Global Dynamics: A Robot Doc by Derek Walker
One Year by Ashley Kramer
Operation Omega by Michaela Smoak
Straight Out of Money by Joshua Miller
Urban Lightning by Casey Boone
Utforska by Gabby Fiszman
Wrecked by Savanna Barrett

College
19 Years – The Story of Dick Rockey, Tom Odom and Valdosta State Football by David Johnson
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2017 by Jeska Bald
The First Month by Laura Holliday
The Glove by Levi Johnson
Headlock by John Dierre
Limit by Javad Daraei
The Prisoner’s Session by Max Steele
Rickey’s Story by Trey Leonard
Shut-In by Ryan Bryant

Open
Alamo Downs by Chris Gierowski
All Skate, Everybody Skate by Nicole Triche
The Apology Service by Luke Pilgrim & Brad Kennedy
Birthday Cake by Brantly Jackson Watts
The Butcher by Kyle Taubken
Cursed World Problems by Chris Gierowski
Elvis and the Golden Ticket by Palmer Edward
Good Hair by Fray Forde & Catherine D Holly
Harm by Christian Argamasilla
Hide by Jason Kock
The Little Chapel by Richard Schertzer
Matthew’s Gift by Jon Watts
Sunnyside Drive by Luke Pilgrim & Brad Kennedy
Western Jubilee by Donna Guthrie

 

Feature Films

The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle by Fran Burst Terranella
Rodents of Unusual Size by Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler & Jeff Springer

 

Look for more information about panels and times in the coming days.

South Georgia Film Festival announces 2018 Schedule

VALDOSTA, GA – The South Georgia Film Festival announced the schedule for the 2018 event, including three days of events and nearly a dozen speakers.

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 Springer & Quinn Costello premiered the film at DOCS NYC 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,  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.

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