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SCAD Savannah Film Festival announces 2019 competition award winners


The Savannah College of Art and Design announced the award winners for the 22nd celebration of the SCAD Savannah Film Festival during an awards brunch held at The Olde Pink House. A key stop on the Oscar festival circuit, SCAD Savannah Film Festival is screening a total of 159 films, including 35 narrative films, 15 documentary films and 109 shorts, more than any year before. Over 1,800 films were submitted for the festival.

Twenty-five awards were announced from the 102 films chosen to compete in the categories of narrative features, documentary features, professional shorts, animated shorts, and student shorts selections.

Student and Animation

Time Silver: Screen Society Best Short Film by a SCAD Student

The Chef: Best Student Short

Hors de l’eau: Best Student Animation

Je sors acheter des cigarettes (I Am Going Out for Cigarettes): Best Animated Short

Selfies: Jury Award

Professional Competition

The Neighbors’ Window: Best Narrative Short

Selina Miles – best director for Martha: A Picture Story

Sylvia: Best Editing

One Taxi Ride: Best Documentary Feature

Working Man: Best Narrative Feature

Sabrina Carpenter, The Short History of the Long Road Jury Award, Best Performance

Global Shorts Forum

Esta es tu Cuba (This is Your Cuba): Global Shorts Forum: Best of Show

Amal: Best Global Short: Home(less)

Lullaby: Best Global Short: Perks and Perils of Being a Woman

Jack and Anna: Best Global Short: Beyond the Rainbow

Underwater: Best Global Short: Matters of the Mind

Bob & Dale: Global Shorts Forum Jury Award

Shorts Spotlight

The Stained Club: Shorts Spotlight: Best of Show

Kamali: Best Shorts Spotlight: Living on the Edge

Men of Vision: Best Shorts Spotlight: Stay for the Laughs

History of Memory:Best Shorts Spotlight: Wondrous World

Nurtured: Best Shorts Spotlight: Dysfunction Junction

The Coral Keepers: Shorts Spotlight: Jury Award

Southern Voices

Black Dispatch: Best Southern Voices short

Lowland Kids: Southern Voices Jury Award

Professional jury members were Jacqueline Coley (editor, Rotten Tomatoes), Darren Dean (producer, writer), Elon D. Johnson (senior creative executive of production and development at Tyler Perry Studios), Gil L. Robertson IV (co-founder and president of the African-American Film Critics Association), and Carl Spence (FilmFreeway / senior programmer for the Miami Film Festival since 2017).

SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Celebrating its 22nd year, the festival and the competition provide SCAD students with opportunities as unique as the selected films. This year, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival received over 1,800 submissions for the competition film series. During the festival, students from every academic discipline connect with leaders from the entertainment industry through master classes, coffee talks, lectures, workshops and panel discussions. Savannah, a premier film hub in the Southeast, promotes quality movies produced by independent and studio filmmakers.

Tickets and passes are available for purchase online at, by telephone at 912.525.5050, or in person at the Trustees Theater, located at 216 E. Broughton St., Savannah.

View the festival schedule for a complete list of films and screening locations, or follow the festival on Facebook or Instagram and use #SCAD and #SAVFF.

SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university offering more than 100 academic degree programs in more than 40 majors across its locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Hong Kong; Lacoste, France; and online via SCAD eLearning. SCAD enrolls more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 115 countries. The innovative SCAD curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment, and learning resources, as well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications and collaborative projects with corporate partners.

In 2017, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD as the No. 1 university in the U.S. and in the top two universities in the Americas and Europe. In 2019, The Rookies ranked SCAD as the Best 3D Motion Graphics School for the fourth consecutive year. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. According to recent studies, 99 percent of 2017 and 2018 SCAD graduates were employed, pursuing further education, or both within 10 months of graduation. For more information, visit the official SCAD blog.

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