Beat the Heat at the Hottest Film Festival

Don’t miss the debut of the Big River Film Festival, July 7-9, at the Savannah Civic Center. It’s a great way to escape the heat of the summer and enjoy the world of independent filmmaking.
Big River Film Festival Savannah

Over 120 films will be screened at the festival and attendees will have the chance to participate in master classes, live performances, and conversations with some of the most compelling filmmakers today.

Samone Norsworthy of Wonder Why Productions is the driving force behind the inaugural event. “It was important to me to be back home and give people here in the Savannah area an opportunity to see films they may never have the chance to see in local theaters,” said Norsworthy.

“This is a true competition film festival,” she noted. Categories include Georgia films, national and international films, and female filmmakers. 

“Festival goers will get a taste of what a real film festival is like. Over 40 countries are represented at this first international competition.” 

Hell or High Water Big River Film Festival

The highlight of the festival is the premiere screening of Hell or High Water starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine.  The premiere will be screened at the Carmike Cinemas, 511 Stephenson Avenue, on Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m.

Check out some of the other great events below. 

Friday, July 8 at the Savannah Civic Center

  • USA Feature Film and International Documentary Competitions
  • Master classes, "Introduction to Voice Over" and "Bringing Your Film to Market"
  • Student Film and Animated Short competitions
  • Kendra Scott Happy Hour, 5-7 p.m. (At the Kendra Scott boutique, 311 W. Broughton Street)

Saturday, July 9

  • Master classes "How to Be a Working Actor in the South" and "Storyboarding"
  • USA and International Short Film and Feature Competitions including, "Hamlet's Ghost," "My Brother's Keeper," and "Ben & Ara."

The festival wraps up Saturday evening with a concert by Kick the Robot at 8 p.m., followed by the closing awards ceremony at 9 p.m. in the Johnny Mercer Theater at the Savannah Civic Center.

All access and day passes are available through or by visiting the Savannah Civic Center Box Office, 301 W. Oglethorpe Avenue, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 pm.; (912) 651-6556, or log onto

For a complete schedule of events and times, visit