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SCAD film festival brings huge economic impact to Savannah area


The red carpet was rolled out on Broughton Street for the annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival.

The Hollywood-like festivities kicked off on Saturday, bringing in many big-name stars, all while opening doors for SCAD students.

As thousands of people flood the hostess city for the latest flicks, the economic impact they bring to the downtown area is enormous.

“The Film Festival is incredible,” said Andrea Reeve-Rabb, the dean of SCAD’s entertainment arts. “Over 63,000 people come and that means $15 million worth of economic impact to Savannah.”

Reeve-Rabb says while the festival takes nearly a year to plan, the film production industry continues to boom not only in Georgia but specifically in Savannah.

“It’s also the gift that keeps on giving because industry comes in and they fall in love with our city, they see what SCAD has to offer and the way of our incredible students and our faculty,” she says.

Reeve-Rabb says over 500 students and alumni were working on movies and television programs in Savannah this year alone. However, for many local businesses in the downtown area, traffic and parking have been a problem as a result. See more at WTOC.


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