South Georgia Film Festival Announces 2021 Award Winners

MARCH 7, 2021
* UPDATE MARCH 14, 2021

VALDOSTA – After a unique year, the South Georgia Film Festival announces its 2021 Winners and extends the virtual window to watch them. Starting Monday, March 8, all of the 2021 winners can be viewed in a Winners Block on the Eventive platform for $5 through March 12. The festival now opens public voting for best poster.

This year’s winners include Best of Fest winner PINE MOUNTAIN OVERNIGHT from Director Geena Marie Hernandez is the adolescent story of camping, puberty, and Big Foot; Best Feature is BLEEDING AUDIO about the band The Matches’ struggle in the music business; Best High School goes to DAVID ISN’T HERE ANYMORE from Director Josh Ceranic about a haunted house and a determined realtor; Best College is WING IT from Jillian Lucia and Brendan Arena about an inspired Dragon; Best Short is ALICE from Laura Scrivano based on the Noel Coward poem; Best Family Friendly is HANGRY by Clint Till about hungry reverend in a retirement home; Best Animation is SOPHIE & JACOB from Max Shoham. This year, the judges also recognize one filmmaker as a Rising Filmmaker – JACOBE LOVE with his documentary A DANGEROUS SILENCE, about domestic violence in Columbus, GA.

Along with the other 106 films of the festival, this year’s winners will be available through Friday March 12 on the Eventive platform at SGFF21.Eventive.org.

The Festival has one more award to announce – Best Poster – which will be chosen by the public. After a week of public voting, the winner of the Best Poster award goes to DOLPHIN ISLAND.

This year’s festival could not happen without the support of our community sponsors, including Georgia Power, Valdosta State University, the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority, Wild Adventures, the Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta Main Street, the Valdosta Daily Times, the City of Valdosta, Georgia Production Partnership, Fairway Outdoor, the Georgia Film Office, Georgia Beer Company, and MUBI.

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

Congratulations to all of this years winners
Best High School – DAVID ISN’T HERE ANYMORE
Best College – WING IT
Best Family Friendly- HANGRY
Best Short- ALICE
Best Animation- SOPHIE & JACOB
Best Feature- BLEEDING AUDIO
Rising Filmmaker- JACOBE LOVE
Best of Fest- PINE MOUNTAIN OVERNIGHT

Best Poster – DOLPHIN ISLAND

“Dolphin Island” highlights Family Friendly 2021 SGFF

Feb 22, 2021

VALDOSTA, GA – As part of the Family Friendly block, the 5th Annual South Georgia Film Festival will be screening DOLPHIN ISLAND, March 7 to wrap up the 2021 festival. Running March 5 – 7, this year’s South Georgia Film Festival will incorporate open-air screenings like DOLPHIN ISLAND on the campus of Valdosta State University as well as virtual screenings of over 100 films.

Starting at 7:30 pm, the Family Friendly Block screening will include two short films as well. Director Mike Disa’s feature film DOLPHIN ISLAND is about fourteen-year-old Annabel strives to live with her grandfather on a Caribbean Island after her parents pass away. Next up is CALF ROPE, about a rodeo champion grandfather teaching his suburban grandson some new tricks, and then HANGRY, about a reverend fighting for adequate food at the nursing home.

Due to COVID, this year’s South Georgia Film Festival will look a bit different. DOLPHIN ISLAND is one of only four feature films we’ll be screening in the open-air, on the campus of Valdosta State University. Beginning March 5, we will screen a feature film each night of the festival along with relevant short films beginning at 7:30 pm.

Friday night, we will feature BLEEDING AUDIO, a rock documentary about the band THE MATCHES. Saturday night, director Carter Adkins will be showing his film JENNA BUMS THE LOVESEAT, along with the feature film ADRIFT UNDER LIGHT and some short films by Valdosta State University alums, Abbey Spacil’s SONYA SLIDEZ and Lucas Hicks’ YOUR NAME.  During the day Saturday March 6, Chuck Thomas of the Atlanta Film Chat podcast will be recording interviews with visiting filmmakers to be broadcast on WVVS radio Valdosta.

Along with our nightly open-air screenings, over 100 films will be available virtually through our partnership with Eventive. Like hundreds of other festival around the country, the South Georgia Film Festival will be available through your computer and over your smart TV. Passes for $40 includes all the virtual films, virtual panels and preferred seating to the in-person events. Students of all ages can get a discounted pass for $25. You can get a ticket to any screening (in-person or virtual) for only $5.

This year’s festival could not happen without the support of our community sponsors, including Georgia Power, Valdosta State University, the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority, Wild Adventures, the Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta Main Street, the Valdosta Daily Times, the City of Valdosta, Georgia Production Partnership, Fairway Outdoor, the Georgia Film Office, Georgia Beer Company, and MUBI.

The South Georgia Film Festival continues to promote the regional film industry with panelists discussing both the craft and industrial impact of film for local businesses. For more information about tickets, visit SGFF21.Eventive.org. Passes for all open-air and virtual events are $40, $25 for students. You can purchase a ticket for any single screening for $5.

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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Here is a trailer for DOLPHIN ISLAND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeEn1kfFz-4

Here is a link to our program guide for 2021 – https://sgff21.eventive.org/films

Here is a collection of our updated press releases – http://southgeorgiafilm.com/news/

Actress Taylor Jade with Mitzy the Dolphin. Provided by Dolphin Island.TV