Savannah Film Festival

The Savannah Film Festival Kicks-Off Saturday and will be Celebrating 19 Years of Excellence


The 2016 Savannah Film Festival kicks off tomorrow. The festival, which runs from Saturday to Saturday, will launch eight exciting days filled with film screenings, discussion panels and workshops. South magazine is very proud to be a sponsor of this great event!

Now celebrating its 19th year, the Savannah Film Festival welcomes over 50,000 people annually to attend the events and festivities. The festival is proud to support and showcase groundbreaking films from both award-winning professionals and emerging filmmakers. The 2016 honorees will be Miles TellerMolly ShannonMahershala Ali and Sam Claflin


Here are some notable films to keep your eye on this year:

Jackie: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

See this searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history through the eyes of iconic first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for extraordinary dignity and poise, the first lady struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.


La La Land: Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician, are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.


Trolls: Monday, 6 p.m. (3-D)

A smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. Be transported to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly cautious, curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Together, this mismatched duo embarks on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps, trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

Q-and-A with director Mike Mitchell, co-director Walt Dohrn and production designer Kendal Cronkhite following screening.


American Pastoral: Monday, 9p.m.

During the unrest of 1960s America, a man watches his seemingly perfect life fall apart as his daughter’s newfound political activism threatens to destroy their family.


Bleed for This: Tuesday, 7p.m.

This is the incredible true story of one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history. Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a local Providence boxer, shoots to stardom after winning two world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves him with a broken neck, he is told he may never walk again. Against all odds and doctor’s orders, he returns to the ring just a year after the accident for what could be the last fight of his life.

Q-and-A with Vanguard Award honoree Miles Teller, director Ben Younger and subject Vinny Paz following screening.


Arrival: Wednesday, 7p.m.

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team led by expert linguist Louise Banks is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers. To find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life and, quite possibly, humanity.

Q-and-A with writer Eric Heisserer following screening.


Manchester by the Sea: Wednesday, 9:45p.m.

After the death of his older brother, Lee Chandler is made sole guardian of his teenage nephew, Patrick. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife and the community where he was born and raised.


Lion: Thursday, 7p.m.

A 5-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty-five years later, he sets out to find his lost family.


Moonlight: Friday, 7p.m.

This timeless story of human connection and self-discovery follows the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world. Reverberating with deep compassion and universal truths, Jenkins’ staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.


20th Century Women: Friday, 9:30p.m.

Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields, a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing: Abbie, a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields home, and Julie, a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor.


Loving: Saturday, 7p.m.

Plaintiffs in the 1967 civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, Richard and Mildred Loving fight to live as an interracial married couple in their home state of Virginia.

To see the full schedule, click here.  We will see you there!