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Savannah Film Festival

Why Go: To see premieres of major new titles in a picturesque city.


Dates: One week at the end of October.

Festival Description: Sponsored by the fast-growing Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah’s celebration of cinema began in 2000 and now attracts an impressive array of top titles and celebrity guests.

John Goodman honored at the 2012 Festival

Programming: Mostly American indie films with a sprinkling of major European art-house hits. A few revivals round out the program.

Screening Schedule: Screenings begin at 9:30 and continue until late in the evening.

Venues: Two up-to-date theaters, the Trustees and the Lucas, both conveniently located a short distance apart in the downtown area.

Trustees Theater

Lucas Theater

Tickets: Only $5 each, but most screenings sell out instantly. Best to purchase a pass if you plan to attend many films.

Getting There: There are flights to Savannah from several major US hubs.

Getting Around: If you stay in the downtown area, you will not need a car.

Lodging: Many hotels are close to the theaters. I stayed in the Holiday Inn Express on Bay Street, which was cheap, convenient and comfortable. 199 East Bay St. 1 888 465 4329

Holiday Inn Express

Extracurricular Activities. Savannah’s historic district is made up of colonial and Victorian mansions organized around a series of 22 verdant squares in which spreading live oak trees adorned with Spanish moss create an aura of serene tranquility. I explored this haven of old-world charm via one of the city’s numerous trolly tours, which was arranged through my hotel.


The Festival Year by Year


2012 Program Book

Best Film I Saw: Missed Connections. An engaging piece of fluff from first-time writer-director Martin Snyder about–what else?–young people getting together .

Missed Connections

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