SCAD Savannah Film Festival Announces 2022 Winners – Film News in Brief


The Savannah College of Art and Design has announced the winners of the 25th edition SCAD Savannah Film Festivalwhich began on October 22 and ends on October 29. This year’s festival screened 143 films, including 53 narrative features, 20 documentary features and 70 shorts, with eight world premieres and six US premieres.

Three SCAD alumni won prizes in the festival’s short film categories: Sourab Reddy for ‘Maayanagri (A City of Dreams)’, Janantik Shukla for ‘Mulsotan – The Rooted’ and Joshua Harding for ‘Chasin’ Butterflies’. Jury members for the 2022 film festival included director-screenwriter Alison Anders, Crime Story Media founder Kary Antholis, Vanity Fair writer David Canfield, The Hollywood Reporter writer Mia Galuppo and Mad Solar president Karina Manashil.

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Below is the full list of winners of the SCAD Savannah Film Festival 2022:

Professional competition

Best Animated Short

“New Moon”, directed by Jérémie Balais, Jeff LeBars and Raul Domingo

Best Documentary Feature

“Sam Now”, directed by Reed Harkness

Best Documentary Short

“The Flagmakers”, directed by Cynthia Wade and Sharon Liese

Best Professional Short Film

“North Star”, directed by PJ Palmer

Best Narrative Feature

“Pinball – The Man Who Saved the Game”, directed by Austin Bragg and Meredith Bragg

Best Director

Reed Harkness, “Sam Now”

Best Editing

“Butterfly in the Sky”, edited by Bradford Thomason

Jury Prize for Excellence in Animation

“Black Slide”, directed by Uri Lotan

Narrative Features: Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast

“The Big Bend”, directed by Brett Wagner

Documentary Features: Jury Award for Excellence in Inspirational Storytelling

“Afghan Dreamers”, directed by David Greenwald

Documentary Feature Films: Jury Prize for Excellence in Cinematography

“Crows Are White”, directed by Ahsen Nadeem

Professional Short Films: Jury Prize for Comedic Excellence

“Miss Patti”, directed by Kate Hamilton and Grasie Mercedes

Documentary Shorts: Jury Prize for Powerful Storytelling

“Angola, can you hear us? Voices from a Plantation Prison”, directed by Cinque Northern

Student competition

Best Student Short Film

“This wild abyss”, directed by Thomas Mendolia

Best student animation

“The Soloists”, directed by Mehrnaz Abdollahinia, Feben Elias Woldehawariat, Razahk Issaka, Celeste Jamneck and Yi Liu

Student Short Film Jury Award for Artistic Excellence

“Maayanagri (A City of Dreams)”, directed by Sourab Reddy

World Short Film Forum

World Short Films: Best of Show

“Wax and Wane”, directed by Beidi Wang

Best Global Short Film: Of The Land

“Mulsotan – The Rooted”, directed by Janantik Shukla

Best World Short Film: XX

“Hysterical”, directed by April Moreau

Global Shorts: Jury Prize for Artistic Excellence

“Whispers of the Jungle”, directed by Sohil Vaidya

Global Shorts: Jury Prize for Unique Storytelling

“Feeling the Apocalypse”, directed by Chen Sing Yap

Spotlight on shorts

Short Film Spotlight: Best of Show

Burros, directed by Jefferson Stein

Short Film Spotlight Best Short Film: Fun Perspectives

“Chasin’ Butterflies”, directed by Joshua Harding, Adam Hobbs and Matt Klug.

Short Film Spotlight Best Short Film: Person First

“Murder Tongue”, directed by Ali Sohail Jaura

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood will be honored by American film editors with the Filmmaker of the Year Award

American Cinema Editors announced that the organization will honor director Gina Prince-Bythewood with the prestigious ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year award, recognizing an artist who exemplifies distinguished achievement in the art and business of motion pictures.

Additionally, ACE will award career honors to film editors Don Zimmerman, ACE and Lynne Willingham, ACE for their outstanding professional contributions to film editing. The honors will be presented at the 73rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards on March 5, 2023 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

“A hugely versatile trailblazer from day one of her career, Gina Prince-Bythewood has always entertained us with intimate films and global blockbusters that explore the human experience through terrific female characters,” said ACE President, Kevin Tent, ACE. “A champion of diverse, character-driven storytelling, her latest film – ‘The Woman King’ – is the crown jewel of a career spent pushing boundaries and telling stories that touch our hearts and minds. She is a proud supporter of the publishing community and we are delighted to honor her with the Golden Eddie.

Past Golden Eddie recipients include Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Kathleen Kennedy, Christopher Nolan, Lauren Shuler Donner, Guillermo del Toro, Vince Gilligan, JJ Abrams, Nancy Meyers, Martin Scorsese, Norman Jewison, Robert Zemeckis, George Lucas and the Sundance Institute, among others.

CAPE and Janet Yang Production announce the second year of the Julia S. Gouw Short Film Challenge

The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Janet Yang Production have announced the second year of the Julia S. Gouw Short Film Challenge for AAPI Women and Non-Binary Filmmakers. The challenge kicks off with a Nov. 1 premiere, sponsored by AMC Theaters, featuring the short films of year-one winning filmmakers: “Hearsay” by Banban Cheng, “Take Me Home” by Liz Sargent, “Happy Rakhi” by Ragini Bhasin” and “Full Service” by Soma Helmi.

The second cohort will benefit from networking opportunities with Janet Yang, president of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the CAPE network. The production grant for the second year of the short film challenge will increase to $25,000 per filmmaker.

Submissions for the second year of the Julia Gouw Short Film Challenge will open on November 14, with more information on the process at CAP website.

Cast Announced For Director Caleb Harris’ Comedy Feature ‘Gothic Slayers’

Casting has been announced for feature film “Gothic Slayers,” an upcoming comedy from director Caleb Harris in his feature debut and writer Dylan Eshbaugh. The film stars Ben Getz, Eshbaugh, Jayson Bernard, Fiona Domenica and Samantha Rothermel. In “Gothic Slayers”, two putt-putt employees and best friends must face off against a demonic cult that has not only kidnapped their friend, but is also threatening to destroy their hometown.

“Gothic Slayers” is currently filming in Los Angeles, having filmed at Harvard in Grace, Maryland. Getz is producing under his Careful Icarus Productions banner, along with Harris of Junction Lads Productions and Bernard and Roberto Rosario, Jr. of J&R Productions.

Bernard is represented by Sovereign Talent, Landrum LA, and Domenica is represented by STW Talent.

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