South Georgia Film Festival Announces Judges for 2019 Competition

South Georgia Film Festival Announces Judges for 2019 Competition

February 25, 2018

VALDOSTA, GA – Filled with local and regional media professionals, the South Georgia Film Festival announces the judges for this year’s 2019 expanded competition – including feature films and best in fest awards. This year’s judges include filmmakers Tara Ansley, Luke Pilgrim and Brad Kennedy of Sozo Bear Films, Brandi Nicole Payne of Seed & Spark, and many more.

This year’s South Georgia Film Festival judges will be looking at films in the categories of – Feature (movies over 45 minutes in length), High School (films made by filmmakers attending secondary schools or under the age of 18), College (films made by students attending a college or university), and Shorts (movies under 15 minutes made by professionals). Due to the influences of previous judges, this year a trophy will be awarded for Best in Fest, to the best film regardless of category.

Winners in each category will receive a trophy created by Harmon Awards in Valdosta, along with a day pass to Wild Adventures theme park and a Chromecast provided by streaming service MUBI. Winners in the High School and College categories will also be eligible for scholarships to Valdosta State University thanks to the University Admissions office.

Partially due to the increase in the number of films screened and attention to the festival, this year there will be thirteen judges. Along with the trophies, every year the judges have the freedom to recognize films with other awards, such as best actress, best production design, or best editing.

“We bring together a strong collection of professionals to survey our festival’s films,” Jason Brown, South Georgia Film Festival director said. “They find what’s exciting and worthy of recognition and we want to support that.”

This year’s judges run the gamut of professional experiences.  Filmmakers Brad Kennedy and Luke Pilgrim of Sozo Bear Films in Dahlonega, GA return to the South Georgia Film Festival for a second year to talk about how they use storytelling in their production work for business clients. Actress and filmmaker Brandi Nicole Payne will be serving as a judge this year. Payne works with the streaming platform Seed & Spark and will be giving a presentation on Crowdfunding, Saturday March 2. Tris Sicignano returns for a second year to the South Georgia Film Festival and will be on the Women in Media panel Friday, March 1. Tris’s work as the co-founder of SurgeTV has brought her in touch with thousands of media makers across the Southeast.

VSU’s own Terrell Sandefur returns after a year where he has expanded his presence in Georgia Film. As the Managing Director of FilmGeorgia.com, Terrell hosted the tremendously successful Georgie Film Industry party at the Sundance Film Festival for a second year in a row. Another returning Georgia filmmaker, Brantly Jackson continues to work as the Program and Outreach Manager for Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta and will be taking her latest film “Spoon” to festivals this Spring.

New to the South Georgia Film Festival is Melissa Simpson, the Executive Director of Film Impact Georgia, a non-profit designed to promote native filmmakers here in Georgia. Simpson is a graduate of the University of North Georgia and works with both the Atlanta Film Festival and Rome Film Festivals.

This year’s other judges include Professor Jeff Marker of the University of North Georgia, Prof. Chris Medjesky of University of Findlay, Event Coordinator and Film Programmer Charles Judson, along with local media personality Marcus McConico of Channel 17 and Jessica Ganas formerly of Red Door Records. The majority of judges will be attending the festival screening films or participating on panels.

Along with the judges able to attend the festival, numerous volunteer screeners helped choose which films appeared at this year’s event. This year’s screeners included TV Producer/Editor Robert Huntley, VSU’s Director of New Media Center Kyle Culpepper, local filmmaker Zane Ally, Alan Hancock College Associate Professor Chris Hite, PA Indie Shorts Film Festival Director Samantha Kolesnik, and filmmaker Justin Litton. Along with these professionals, the VSU student film festival organization run by Jennifer Rainer made their recommendations in the high school and short categories as well.

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, access to the VIP areas, and a ticket to Thursday’s 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 for all screenings and panels. Both High School and College students can get a free Day Pass with their school id. 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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Luke Pilgrim (left) and Brad Kennedy (right) of Sozo Bear Films

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandi Nicole Payne, filmmaker/Seed & Spark

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrell Sandefur, FilmGeorgia.com

 

 

 

 

Brantly Jackson Watts, Filmmaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus McConico, host of City Focus on Channel 17

 

 

 

MUBI Sponsors Filmmaker Panel at South Georgia Film Festival

MUBI Sponsors Filmmaker Panel at

South Georgia Film Festival

VALDOSTA – Movie streaming service MUBI is sponsoring a panel of visiting filmmakers at this year’s South Georgia Film Festival. Supporting visiting filmmakers to attend this year, MUBI will also be providing prizes for winning filmmakers all the categories – including Google Chromecasts. The filmmaker panel will take place Saturday March 2 at 5:30 pm in the Valdosta State University Student Union Conference Rooms.

Screening over 100 films this year, the South Georgia Film Festival has attracted numerous filmmakers to Valdosta. The festival includes the Georgia premiere of “My Life With Rosie,” about the preservation of Rosie Park’s legacy, with filmmaker Dr. Angela Williamson. Expanding to include more feature films, all of whom will have someone in attendance. Features films this year include “Cruel Hearts,” a thriller starring Melora Hardin of “The Office;” “How They Got Over,” a documentary about blues musicians in the South; “Wake Up,” a horror film by Tallahassee filmmaker Joe Nowland, and “Down and Yonder,” a coming-of-age film by Georgia filmmaker Christopher Flippo.

MUBI, auteur film streaming services, hosts a new film every day which expires within thirty days. The service, partially funded by subscriptions and the European Union, is available on computers, smart TV’s and gaming systems.

Along with Nowland and Flippo, the panel is expected to include visiting filmmakers Patrick Peacock with “Forever” and Savannah Treena with “The Colored Girls’ Restroom.” Depending time and availability, the panel could include others of the more than 40 visiting filmmakers expected at this year’s festival.

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

The movie streaming service MUBI uses a curation model, limiting their selection at any one time to thirty films. Unlike the algorithms of other platforms, MUBI presents a collection of arthouse and independent films choosing specifically for its community. Over the past ten years, the service has developed a series of licensing deals from major Hollywood studios and independent filmmakers. For $8.99 a month, MUBI provides the cinema from around the world without all the clutter.

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. 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.

Joe Nowland, Director of WAKE UP

Pat Peacock, director of FOREVER

Savannah Treena, director of The Colored Girls Bathroom

Christopher Flippo, director of DOWN & YONDER

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Georgia Power announced as Sponsor for the 2018 South Georgia Film Festival

Georgia Power Announced as Sponsor for the 2018 South Georgia Film Festival

VALDOSTA, GA – Demonstrating its support for the creative and industrious in the community, Georgia Power has come on as a Sponsor for the 2018 South Georgia Film Festival.

“We are excited to connect with pillars of the community like Georgia Power,” said Jason Brown, Festival Director and Assistant Professor of Mass Media at Valdosta State University. “As film continues to grow as an industry in our state, we want to showcase the opportunities for our South Georgia communities to take part. I think Georgia Power is the kind of partner that agrees with that kind of community support.”

Pictured from left to right – Sementha Mathews of the City of Valdosta, Jason Brown of Valdosta State University, Audrey King Georgia Power Area Manager, Ike Harbuck Region External Affairs Manager and Steven Heddon of Fusion Creative Marketing.

Georgia Power joins Valdosta State University and the Georgia Councils for the Arts as sponsors of this year’s festival. The festival will take place March 2, 3, and 4.

The festival has also partnered with the Valdosta Daily Times, WCTV, 92.1 FM, the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, the City of Valdosta, the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, Fairway Billboards, American Youth Film Festival, Fusion Creative Marketing, and Tipsy Transit.

For more information and tickets, visit – http://SouthGeorgiaFilm.com/