The South Georgia Film Festival Returns For Year 6

January 21, 2022

VALDOSTA, GA – Back again, the Sixth Annual South Georgia Film Festival returns in-person, online, and outside! Featuring some amazing guests and attending filmmakers, the area’s top event for the film industry is back March 4, 5, & 6 to celebrate the art and industry in South Georgia.

After last year’s hybrid festival, this year expects to incorporate what people liked and bring back what people loved. Films and filmmaker interviews will return on the Eventive platform so that people can enjoy the festival from anywhere. Returning are the in-person screenings on the campus of Valdosta State University, along with panels by top professionals from across the region. We will again be recognizing the best in competition in various award categories.

“We are putting on a party for the community,” Jason Brown, Festival Director said. “Showcasing films from across the country and the world, we want to introduce Valdosta to great films, some great filmmakers to Valdosta, and let everyone have a good time.”

Thursday night will kickoff with our introductory event for passholders and the community at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, introducing a community project from Steven Heddon and Angela Ward. Friday will conclude with our annual kickoff party at Georgia Beer Company. Saturday night will feature an outdoor screening on the lawn behind the VSU College of the Arts. Films will be screened in the Valdosta State University Student Union Friday through Sunday, while the virtual platform will be available March 1 through March 10.

Passes for the festival are $40, which includes access to all the virtual films, the in-person screenings, and the parties. If you’re not able to attend all weekend, you can purchase a Daily Pass for $15, which gives you access to all the in-person screenings and panels for that day. The Eventive platform allows you to rent any individual film for only $5. All college and high school students can get in to the screenings and panels for free by providing their school ID.

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

The South Georgia Film Festival continues to promote the regional film industry with panelists discussing both the art and industrial impact of film for local businesses. Panelists and guest speakers will be announced soon. For more information about tickets, visit

For more information on the South Georgia Film Festival, visit or contact Prof. Jason Brown at 229-219-1298 or

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2020 Poster Competition

2020 South Georgia Film Festival Poster Competition

VALDOSTA – The South Georgia Film Festival is soliciting submissions for its 2020 poster and promotions competition. Submissions are open now until October 21. The top submissions will be put on display at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts Oct. 26 during ARTober Fest where a winner will be announced. The winner of the poster competition will win $100 and a VIP Pass to the 2020 South Georgia Film Festival.

The previous posters designs for the South Georgia Film Festival were created by Talley Mulligan (2018) and Bill Shenton (2019). Their designs were incorporated both as the main poster for the festival as well as a number of other promotional pieces throughout the year. This year’s competition is intended to bring in designs from both professionals and students alike.

During ARTober Fest, the community is invited to help select the winning design. Also helping choose the winner will be Evelyn Davis Walker, Professor of Art at Valdosta State University, and Marcus McConico, President of the SGFF Community Advisor Board.

Over the previous three years of the festival, visiting filmmakers have seen their posters printed by the Valdosta State University New Media Center. Presenting those posters has been a highlight for many visiting filmmakers. This year, participating filmmakers will also be able to win Best Poster along with Best Short, Best Feature, Best High School, and Best College films.

The 2020 South Georgia Film Festival will take place March 6, 7, & 8, 2020 on the campus of Valdosta State University. For more information, please visit or contact Prof. Jason Brown at or 229-219-1298.



SGFF 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

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 website.

For more information on the South Georgia Film Festival, visit or contact Prof. Jason Brown at 229-219-1298 or For more information on Georgia Beer Company, visit

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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.

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WCTV Joins South Georgia Film Festival as TV Sponsor

WCTV and Gray Television announce they are proud supporters of the South Georgia Film Festival which encourages and promotes filmmakers and supportive cast to bring Film to the Public as art and entertainment. The South Georgia Film Festival plans to bridge the film industry and South Georgia with the help of such great media partners.

As the CBS affiliate for the Bend Bend of Florida and South Georgia, WCTC was the regions first television station, signing on September 15, 1955. Owned by Gray Television, WCTV broadcasts from Thomas County with its studios in Tallahassee, Florida reaching more than a quarter-million homes and families.

Keep watching your local CBS station to see this great announcement from Valdosta State University President Richard Carvajal.

Williams Group Supports the South Georgia Film Festival

In support of art and industry, the Williams Group is proud to sponsor the South Georgia Film Festival. Having seen the impact that film and television can have on the local economy, the Williams Group, based in Adel, Georgia, encourages filmmakers young and old to showcase their work across South Georgia.

The Williams Group, founded in the early 1960’s, started with a small gas station, a motel, restaurant and clothing store to take advantage of the impact of Interstate 75 on the region.

The Williams Group currently owns and operates many different businesses in southern Georgia. These businesses include fourteen hotels, several restaurants (which include Burger King, IHOP, Western Sizzlin’, Dairy Queen, Captain D’s Seafood, and Azalea’s as well as non-franchised restaurants.), King Frog Factory Stores, a gasoline distributorship and convenience stores, RV parks, apartments, a billboard company, a wetland mitigation bank, as well as commercial, industrial and residential development. The backbone of Williams Investment Company and Williams Hospitality is the successful operation of its hotel/motel holdings. These include Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Comfort Suites, Comfort Inn & Suites, Country Inn & Suites, Days Inns, Super 8’s, Howard Johnson, and several independent operations. All of Williams’ operations are located along I-75 in Adel, Tifton and Valdosta, Georgia.

Visiting filmmakers will be staying at the Williams properties on Hill Ave, both the Holiday Inn & Conference Center and the Super 8. Saturday, March 3, the film festival will be hosting an after-party at the Holiday Inn for filmmakers and passholders alike. For more information on either property’s availability contact them:

              Holiday Inn (229) 244-1111

              Super 8 (229) 375-0814

For more information, visit the website at or contact the Festival Director Jason Brown at 229-219-1298 or e-mail