Academy Award-nominated actors Matt Dillon ("Crash") and Diane Lane ("Unfaithful") will be honored with Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Awards at the 15th annual Savannah Film Festival,Oct. 27 – Nov. 3. The film festival, presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will also honor actress Michelle Monaghan ("Gone Baby Gone") with a "Spotlight Award" for her performance in "Tomorrow You're Gone" and Academy Award-winning writer and director Geoffrey Fletcher ("Precious") will receive the "SCAD Cinevation Award," which is given to one director for imagination, inspiration and innovation in cinema.
Celebrating 15 years of cinematic creativity, the 2012 Savannah Film Festival will open with David O. Russell's "SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK," which recently won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, and close with Dreamworks Animation's "Rise of the Guardian" directed by Peter Ramsey. By partnering with RealD Inc., a leading global licensor of 3-D technologies, the festival will screen films in 3-D for the first time. RealD will be the exclusive 3-D cinema provider at the Savannah Film Festival and provide The Company's patented 3-D lens and glasses for permanent use.
Other special gala screenings include,
Robert Zemeckis' "Flight"
Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet"
Jacques Audiard's "Rust & Bone"
Wayne Blair's "The Sapphires"
Michael Haneke's "Amour," winner of Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival
Walter Salles' "On the Road"
Geoffrey Fletcher's directorial debut "Violet & Daisy" with star James Gandolfini ("Sopranos") in attendance
Ry Russo-Young's "Nobody Walks"
Matt Ross' "28 Hotel Rooms"
David Jacobson's "Tomorrow You're Gone"
Bedabrata Pain's "Chittagong"
Brian Savelson's "In Our Nature" with star Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights") in attendance
Ramona Diaz's "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" documentary
Julian Jarrold's HBO film "The Girl" with Jarrold in attendance
Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush's "A Place at the Table" documentary
Matt Dillon's "City of Ghosts" starring festival honoree Dillon
George Roy Hill's "A Little Romance" starring festival honoree Diane Lane
Special guests currently scheduled to attend will include,
Christy Turlington Burns, who will be screening her "No Woman, No Cry" documentary
Director Adam Shankman ("Rock of Ages")
Producer and director, and founder and former president of New Line Cinema, Bob Shaye
Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious")
Norman Reedus ("The Walking Dead")
Miles Teller ("Rabbit Hole")
The Savannah Film Festival has become one of the largest entertainment events in the Southeast. The festival features more than 30 competition films, selected from more than 1,000 entries in the categories of feature, short, animation, documentary and student competition that are submitted from around the world. During the festival, professional workshops and lectures for the community and area high school and college students address topics such as acting, directing, producing, animation and filmmaking, among others. SCAD students are also given the opportunity to network with filmmakers, directors, studio executives, producers and others to gain further understanding of their chosen career.