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South Georgia Film Festival announces 2019 Film Lineup (113 Films Over 3 Days)

South Georgia Film Festival Announces 2019 Film Lineup (113 Films Over 3 Days)

VALDOSTA – The third annual South Georgia Film Festival announced its 2019 lineup of films, with 113 total films to be screened over 3 days (March 1, 2, & 3, 2019). The festival has expanded this year with two screening locations on the Valdosta State University campus, as well as more feature films and more international films.

The festival received over of 450 submissions from feature films, short films, high school and college filmmakers. In its third year, the festival has grown to include more feature films this year with a representative from each agreeing to be in attendance. This year’s feature films include the coming-of-age film “Down and Yonder” by UGA graduate Christopher Flippo, psychological horror film “Wake Up” by Florida filmmaker and former Combat Specialist Joe Nowland, “My Life With Rosie” about the preservation of civil rights icon Rosa Parks legacy by Dr. Angela Williamson, “How They Got Over” about the impact of gospel and blues music on Rock and Roll, and the noir thriller “Cruel Hearts” by director Paul Osborne.

“Our number one goal is to bring people to Valdosta,” said Jason Brown, South Georgia Film Festival director. “We want to provide a venue where filmmakers want to show their work here. While they’re here, we want to show them why they should make their next film here.”

This year’s event also include a dozen different films blocks of short films from professional, college and high school filmmakers. The festival made an extra effort this year to attract films from around the world and were able to programming over three hours of films from France, Spain, and Brazil among others. With the growth of film across Georgia, the festival was able to program many good films from Savannah College of Art & Design, Florida State University, Valdosta State, the University of North Georgia and many more. The festival programmed two blocks of films by high schoolers. Both the college and high school winners are eligible for scholarships to Valdosta State University offered by the Admissions Office.

“We began receiving films almost immediately after last year’s festival and have been watching submissions right up through our deadline,” Brown said. “When we realized the number of great films we received, we had to find a way to show as many as we could.”

Festival screenings will take place at the VSU Student Union Theater at the corner of Baytree and North Oak Street. The festival added the use of the Mass Media Screening room, on the corner of Patterson and Brookwood. Over the three days, visitors can park at both the Oak Street Parking Deck and the University Center parking lot. With over a dozen panels and workshops across both locations, attendees will find plenty to do.

This year’s festival continues to connect with partners in the Valdosta community, including Valdosta State University, Georgia Power, Wild Adventures, the Turner Center for the Arts, WAITR, Valdosta Main Street, the Valdosta Daily Times, the City of Valdosta, Miss Kate’s Tours and Coca-Cola. Promoting entrepreneurship through filmmaking, the festival continues to promote the regional film industry with panelists discussing both the craft and industrial impact of film for local businesses. This year’s festival has also includes panelists Brandi Nicole Payne of Seed & Spark to discuss Crowdfunding, producer Tara Ansley, actor Ian Anderson, along with many others.

Passes to this year’s festival are currently available. The All Access VIP pass, which includes a t-shirt and access to the upcoming Georgia Production Partnership event costs $100. The Festival Pass which offers access to all screenings, panels and daily events are $40. Day Passes are $15. Tickets are available through the SouthGeorgiaFilm.com website.

For more information on the South Georgia Film Festival, visit SouthGeorgiaFilm.com or contact Prof. Jason Brown at 229-219-1298 or jasonebrown@valdosta.edu.

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SGFF2019-Program

Alphabetical Listing of Films in the 2019 South Georgia Film Festival

#FAFATL                               Director: Sean Osorio

4-11 Willows Road              Director: Noah Wong

A Fistful of Fangs               Director: Turner Ivey

A Letter for Skylar               Director Patrick Albright

A Son Inherit                          Director: Michael Williams

A Silent Morning                 Director: Christina Liu

Adam                                     Director: Alyce Rogers

After Ashes                            Director: Jesse McAnally

An Island                              Director: Rory Bryne

And Then We’ll Be Happy Director: Jesse Aultman

AV Club                                 Director: Nicholas Markart

Back to Nowhere (De Vuelta A Ninguna Parte) Director: Julio Antonio Espinosa Pena

Belief                                         Director: Kim Soleau

B*TCHBOY                              Director: Mans Bethas

Blood and Iron                       Director: Max Steele and Taren Pineset

CAMINS                                Director: Sara Gracia Jimenez

Cacti & Other Succulents Director: Emma Moore

Cloudboy                              Director: Jacob Javor

Compatible                          Director: Pau Bacardit

Congenita (Congenital)     Director: Polo Menarguez

Culpable                               Director: Julio Antonio Espinosa Pena

Common Unity                    Director: Joshua Devaughn

Cracks                                  Director: Molly Coffee

Cruel Hearts                          Director: Paul Osborne

Cruisin’                                 Director: Brandon Knack

Daddy’s Girl                           Director: Jasmine Jewet

Des3ngano                         Director: Aniez Atlas

Dirty Money                          Director: Jonas Schubach

Down and Yonder               Director: Christopher Flippo

Dreamwisher                     Director: Eric Handler

Emotional Disease            Director: Marieta Caballero

Ethereal (Etereo)               Director: Carlos Cobos Aroca

Evstronger                          Director: Silvia Conesa

Fighting Alone                    Director: Kaleb Smith

Forever                                 Director: Patrick Peacock

Full Circle                             Director: Raymond Knudsen

Glass Wall (Muro De Vidro) Director: Tomas Fleck

Harmony                               Director: Tyler Kula

Hashtag Perfect Life           Director: Michael Paulucci

Heavens                                Director: Jonas Schubach

Heavy Rain                           Director: Motaz Ezzat Elbahaey

Herman                                 Director: Sruti Lodha

Hindsight                              Director: Oisin Reilly

How Much I Love You         Director: Ashley Kramer

How They Got Over             Director: Robert Clem

HUMAN                                    Director: Issam Taachit

I Don’t Know                        Director: Molly Smith

“I Love You”                         Director: Sarah Flores

If                                             Director: Gabriel Vulbuena

If We Had Met                      Director: Malik Brice

Imitations.                            Director: Connor Dolby

June                                       Director: Arantza Ibarra Basanez

Landmine                                 Director: Max Steele

Last Call                                Director: RockHill Studios

Little Darling.                       Director: Argya Sadan

Magic Play                            Director: Natasha Canepa

Mates                                     Director: Max Price

Miranda and The Sea (Miranda Y El Mar)  Director: Giovanna Torres

Missed Ceiling (Techo De Menos)   Director: Txema Liron De Robles

More Time                            Director: Osniel Rives

Mothers and Daughters    Director: Gabriella Marsh

Mr. Goody                             Director: Jason MacDonald

My Life With Rosie              Director: Angela Sadler Williamson

My End of the World (Ma Fin Du Monde)   Director: Yurok Jang

My First Jump (Mi Primer Salto)    Director: Jose Ruiz Montalvan

Once Upon A Time…The Return (ll etait une fois…le retour)   Director: Sapin Alban

Patrick                                  Director: Kyle Taubken

Pea Pod                                Director: Rosser Goodman

Peggy                                   Director: Justin Miller

Portrait of a Superhero     Director: Tony Armer

Proximity                             Director: Kyle Marra

PVRIS (Paris in the Rain)  Director: Ronin Media

R o m a n c e                        Director: Giorgi Tkemaladze

Rachel’s Pitch                     Director: Julia Fulmer

Samuel                                 Director: Hayden Church

SHIFTED                              Director: Nathan Ragland

Singing Out                         Director: Mary Knight

Smoked                                   Director: Jonas Schubach

So, How Did You and Dad Meet?  Director: Zara Plessard

SOFT-MORE                        Director: Dante Downey

Solitude                                Director: Julia Bhansali

Something Here                 Director: Ashley Kramer

Space Girls                          Director: Carys Watford

Sundown                              Director: Ryan Hendrick

Sur-vi                                    Director: Stephen Wise

Sweeter Than Isolation     Director: Allysa Cole

Telltale Signs                      Director: Jeff Vande- Zande

The Application                  Director: Andrew Bourne

The Art of Foley                  Director: Sara Karimipour

The Boy That Listened To The Earth (El Chico Que Escuchaba La Tierra)   Director: Javier Ideami

The Colored Girl’s Restroom   Director: Savannah Treena

The Devil’s Elbow               Director: Madeleine Pearson

The Filmmaking Fireman  Director: Justin Pauley

The Grounded Astronaut  Director: Monimar Mancillas

The Last Appointment (La Ultima Cita)   Director: David Baquero

The Replacement                Director: Sean Miller

The SkipJack Shack           Director: Bobby Goddard

The Waiting Room              Director: Debra Markowitz

The Welcome (La Benvinguda)   Director: Carme Puche

Time Capsule                      Director: McKinley Benson

To No One                            Director: Ashley Kramer

Trees                                    Director: Zaire Love

Tribu                                     Director: Sergi Merchan

Tungrus                               Director: Rishi Chandna

Under The Weather          Director: Julia Walker

Waiting                                Director: Alexey Ram

Wake Up                              Director: Joe Nowland

Wendy                                 Director Michael Oshins

What She’ll Never Know  Director: David Smith

When the New Day Comes   Director: James Hutton, Black Spade Society

Why Are you Leaving? (Por Que Te Vas)   Director: Fabio Vallarelli

With My Own Two Hands (Deux Mains)    Director: Michael Barocas

You, Girl                              Director: Hayden Church

City of Valdosta Sponsors Film Panel on Production in Georgia

CITY OF VALDOSTA SPONSORS FILM PANEL ON PRODUCTION IN GEORGIA

Niki Sappington, with the City of Barnesville, and Kathy Oxford, Executive Director of the Barnesville-Lamar Industrial Development Authority, posing with photos and books from the HBO Series SHARP OBJECTS that shot in Barnesville.

VALDOSTA – As part of the third Annual South Georgia Film Festival, the City of Valdosta is sponsoring a panel on the production of the TV Series “SHARP OBJECTS”, with Niki Sappington of the City of Barnesville and Kathy Oxford ofBarnesville-Lamar Industrial Authority. The panel will take place Saturday, March 2, at 3:30 pm in the Valdosta State University Student Union Conference Room as part of the festival’s day long screenings and panels.

The HBO Series used Barnesville in place of the book’s location of Wind Gap, Missouri. The production, starring Amy Adams, was shot in Georgia in 2017 thanks in part to the state’s tax incentives, available infrastructure, and beautiful scenery. Oxford and Sappington will discuss how their community worked with the production and benefited from their presence. The two have discussed their experiences with other Georgia communities as part of the Georgia Production Partnership.

The City of Valdosta supports the growth of entrepreneurship in the South Georgia economy. Named one of six America’s Friendliest Cities by Rand McNalley and USA Today’s Best of the Road contest in 2011, Valdosta is proud to be a part of the Georgia Camera Ready Community. The Georgia Camera Ready Community helps connect film and TV productions with skilled liaisons across the Valdosta area to provide local expertise and support The Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center & Tourism Authority continues to work to bring film production to our area of South Georgia.

“On Behalf of the City of Valdosta, we are honored to sponsor a panel that highlights a production filmed here in our great state. Barnesville is an example of what good can come from community organizations coming together. The State of Georgia is often listed as a top state for overall production of film and TV in the U.S. As the film industry continues to grow, we as a community continue to support it. The City of Valdosta is always looking for new ways to promote the art and film industry in our community,” said Mayor Gayle. “I am excited to welcome the South Georgia Film Festival to our community. This event adds distinct value to our community. ”

“Sharp Objects” was nominated for multiple awards, including Golden Globes for Best Limited Series or Television movie, Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Clarkson, and Best Actress for Amy Adams. Ms Clarkson took home the award for Best Supporting Actress. The eight-episode show is currently airing on HBO On Demand.

While the South Georgia Film Festival begins March 1, the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) will be in town February 28 educating members of the Camera Ready program across South Georgia before holding a public event for anyone wanting to learn about how film production can impact the community and how your location can benefit from it. The GPP event will include Craig Dominey, Manager of the Camera Ready Georgia program; Jeffrey Stepakoff, Executive Director of the Georgia Film Academy; and Stratton Leopold, Hollywood Producer and owner of Savannah’s Leopold’s Ice Cream. The event is ten dollars for non-GPP members but is included in a South Georgia Film Festival VIP Pass.

The South Georgia Film Festival kicks off Friday March 1, with a day full of screenings and panels, and concludes with the opening night kickoff at Georgia Beer Company. The festival continues with short and features films on Saturday and Sunday, along with panels with visiting filmmakers and media professionals. Sunday concludes with an awards ceremony at 1 pm and the Georgia premiere of WAKE UP at 3:30 pm in the Valdosta State University Student Union Theater. For more information on tickets, visit SouthGeorgiaFilm.com

Along with the City of Valdosta, this year’s festival continues to connect with partners in the Valdosta community, including Valdosta State University, Georgia Power, Wild Adventures, the Turner Center for the Arts, WAITR, Valdosta Main Street, the Valdosta Daily Times, Miss Kate’s Tours and Coca-Cola. Promoting entrepreneurship through filmmaking, the festival continues to promote the regional film industry with panelists discussing both the craft and industrial impact of film for local businesses. This year’s festival has already secured panelists Brandi Nicole Payne of Seed & Spark to discuss Crowdfunding, producer Tara Ansley, actor Ian Anderson, along with many others not yet announced.

The South Georgia Film Festival received over 450 submissions worldwide in 2018. This year’s festival will include feature and short films over three days at two campus locations. Along with screenings from national and international filmmakers, the festival again will be having high school and college filmmakers competing for scholarships to Valdosta State University, thanks to the support of the University Admissions Office.

Passes to this year’s festival are currently available. The All Access VIP pass, which includes a t-shirt and access to the upcoming Georgia Production Partnership event costs $100. The Festival Pass which offers access to all screenings, panels and daily events are $40. Day Passes are $15. Tickets are available through the SouthGeorgiaFilm.com website.

For more information on the South Georgia Film Festival, visit SouthGeorgiaFilm.com or contact Prof. Jason Brown at 229-219-1298 or jasonebrown@valdosta.edu.

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HBO Promotion Video regarding shooting SHARP OBJECTS in Barnesville, GA

SGFF Hosts Georgia Premiere of Rosie Parks Film

SGFF Hosts Georgia Premiere of Rosa Parks Film

Dr. Angela Williamson, Director of MY LIFE WITH ROSIE, about the efforts to preserve the life and history of civil rights icon, Rosa Parks.

VALDOSTA – The South Georgia Film Festival will host the Georgia premiere of “My Life With Rosie,” a documentary about the preservation of Rosa Park’s legacy, by filmmaker Dr. Angela Sadler Williamson, who will be in attendance. The feature length documentary showcases a glimpse at the stoic civil rights icon through the eyes Carolyn Williams Green, her personal caretaker, and Dr. Jeanne Theoharris, noted historian and civil rights researcher.

Along with screening the film at 5 pm March 1 at the Valdosta State University Student Union Theater, Dr. Williamson will sit down with Dr. Leah Hunter, of Florida A&M, for a panel entitled “Preserving a Family’s Legacy: Unveiling the Real Story Behind Rosa Parks.” The panel will take place at noon March 1 in the Student Union Conference Rooms and is sponsored by the VSU African American Studies program as part of their Black History Month celebration.

The South Georgia Film Festival kicks off Friday March 1, with a day full of screenings and panels, and concludes with opening night Kickoff at Georgia Beer Company. The festival continues with short and features films on Saturday and Sunday, along with panels with visiting filmmakers and media professionals. Sunday concludes with an awards ceremony at 1 pm and the Georgia premiere of WAKE UP at 3:30 pm in the Valdosta State University Student Union Theater. For more information on tickets, visit SouthGeorgiaFilm.com

This year’s festival continues to connect with partners in the Valdosta community, including Valdosta State University, Georgia Power, Wild Adventures, the Turner Center for the Arts, WAITR, Valdosta Main Street, the Valdosta Daily Times, the City of Valdosta, Miss Kate’s Tours and Coca-Cola. Promoting entrepreneurship through filmmaking, the festival continues to promote the regional film industry with panelists discussing both the craft and industrial impact of film for local businesses. This year’s festival has also includes panelists Brandi Nicole Payne of Seed & Spark to discuss Crowdfunding, producer Tara Ansley, actor Ian Anderson, along with many others.

The South Georgia Film Festival received over 450 submissions worldwide in 2018. This year’s festival will include feature and short films over three days at two campus locations. Along with screenings from national and international filmmakers, the festival again will be having high school and college filmmakers competing for scholarships to Valdosta State University, thanks to the support of the University Admissions Office.

Passes to this year’s festival are currently available. The All Access VIP pass, which includes a t-shirt and access to the upcoming Georgia Production Partnership event costs $100. The Festival Pass which offers access to all screenings, panels and daily events are $40. Day Passes are $15 and only include screenings and panels on the VSU campus. Tickets are available through the SouthGeorgiaFilm.com website.

For more information on the South Georgia Film Festival, visit SouthGeorgiaFilm.com or contact Prof. Jason Brown at 229-219-1298 or jasonebrown@valdosta.edu.

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Trailer for the film – http://bit.ly/MyLifeWithRosieTrailer

 

SGFF Announces Opening Night KICK-OFF at Georgia Beer Company

SOUTH GEORGIA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING NIGHT KICK-OFF AT GEORGIA BEER COMPANY

VALDOSTA – Kicking off the third annual South Georgia Film Festival, Georgia Beer Company is sponsoring an opening night event on March 1, 2019. Taking place along South Brigg Street behind the revitalized 100 year-old brewery, the Opening Night Kick-off will include fun, food and drinks for the entire community.

Along with Georgia Beer Company, Miss Kate’s Tours and Valdosta Main Street are working to make the most of this event by reaching out to local restaurants and vendors to showcase food and fun available locally. Filling the space behind the 100 year-old brick building on South Briggs Street, the event will showcase for visiting filmmakers what’s exciting in Valdosta.

“Like filmmaking, Georgia Beer Company is both art and industry,” said Jason Brown, Festival Director and Associate Professor of Mass Media at Valdosta State University. “We want to partner with the best of what’s happening, and to us, that means great people like Chris Jones and Jack Martin at Georgia Beer, Valdosta State alumni who have made something and brought it back to our community.”

“This will be the first large event at the brewery upon opening,” Chris Jones of Georgia Beer Company said. “Thanks to Valdosta State University, Jason Brown and the South Georgia Film Festival for putting together this awesome event.”

Having recently started their first large batch, Georgia Beer Company is a start-up brewery producing craft beer here in Valdosta. The brewery expects to be open to the public in the first quarter of 2019. They plan on distributing kegs and cans through grocery stores, package stores, bars, restaurants and other licensed retailers. Patrons will be able to purchase pints on-site in the tap room.

“As part of this event, folks will purchase a collectors’ glass when they enter for either a beer or soft drink,” Jones said. “The festival will have a special VIP section inside the brewery to see how the magic happens.”

Starting at 6 pm, admission to the event will be $10, which includes a glass and their first drink. South Georgia Film Festival pass holders have their admission covered, with VIP Pass holders receiving special access during the event, along with the many other perks during the festival, including a ticket to the Georgia Production Partnership South Region meeting on Feb. 28. Festival passes are available now at SouthGeorgiaFilm.com.

Entering its third year, the South Georgia Film Festival continues to connect with partners in the Valdosta community, including Valdosta State University, Georgia Power, Wild Adventures, the Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta Main Street, the Valdosta Daily Times, Miss Kate’s Tours, Talk 92.1, and Fusion Marketing. Promoting entrepreneurship through filmmaking, the festival continues to promote the regional film industry with panelists discussing both the craft and industrial impact of film for local businesses. This year’s festival has already secured panelists Brandi Nicole Payne of Seed & Spark to discuss Crowdfunding, producer Tara Ansley, actor Ian Anderson, along with many others not yet announced.

The South Georgia Film Festival received over 450 submissions worldwide in 2018. This year’s festival will include feature and short films over three days at two campus locations. Along with screenings from national and international filmmakers, the festival again will be having high school and college filmmakers competing for scholarships to Valdosta State University, thanks to the support of the University Admissions Office.

Passes to this year’s festival are currently available. The All Access VIP pass, which includes a t-shirt and access to the upcoming Georgia Production Partnership event costs $100. The Festival Pass which offers access to all screenings, panels and daily events are $40. Tickets are available through the SouthGeorgiaFilm.com website.

For more information on the South Georgia Film Festival, visit SouthGeorgiaFilm.com or contact Prof. Jason Brown at 229-219-1298 or jasonebrown@valdosta.edu. For more information on Georgia Beer Company, visit GeorgiaBeerCompany.com.

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2019 Festival Passes Are Now Available

You can order your 2019 South Georgia Film Festival pass today.

Passes are discounted now through the end of the year!

 

The All Access VIP Pass gives you the follow advantages:

  • First serve access to all screenings during the festival
  • Access to all panels and announced daily events
  • Access to the Festival Green Room with snacks and drinks where you can meet visiting filmmakers
  • Your own South Georgia Film Festival t-shirt
  • A ticket to the Feb. 28 Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) event featuring the Georgia Film Office
  • And more that we’ve not yet announced!

The All Access VIP Pass is currently available for $75 until Dec. 31 at midnight. Those passes will then go up to $100.

 

The Film Festival Pass offers you the following:

  • First serve access to all screenings during the festival
  • Access to all panels and announced daily events

The Film Festival Pass is currently $35, but will go up to $40 beginning January 1.

 

During the festival, you can also purchase Day Passes which allow you access to screenings and panels for $15.
You’ll pick up all passes at the festival beginning Feb. 28.

 

To purchase passes – go to https://filmfreeway.com/SOUTHGEORGIAFILMFESTIVAL/tickets

For more information on tickets, events or screenings, contact Festival Director Jason Brown at jasonebrown@valdosta.edu or 229-219-1298.

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.