Thursday I arrived in Savannah and immediately went to participate in a panel called Animation - The Short Story about how to produce a short film while working a full time job.
My fellow panel members Tom Gasek (of Aardman fame), Jim Capobianco (Pixar), and Charles deCosta (SCAD professor and Animator)
Savannah College of Art and Design Department head Jeremy Moorshead moderated.
Tom's film Off-Line and Jim's film Leonardo were both in the professional short animation section of the festival.
On the panel, I was able to speak from a student's perspective and give advice on how to complete a thesis project.
Jim Capobianco giving some words of wisdom from his experience of making the short Leonardo over 10 years.
I also had the privilege of being the only lady on the panel. You can do it, too, ladies!
A packed room full of animation students listening to us speak. (Photo thanks to Tyler Kupferer)
Thursday night we went to the evening reception held after the festival events each day. Sir Ian McKellen showed up and gladly hung out and talked to a throng of fans. We stalked and took cell phone pics from a safe distance.
Our friend Dustin Grella (Animator/Director of the award winning Prayers for Peace) wasn't as shy!
The table in Marshall House with postcards for films in the competition. You can spot mine all the way over to the left second from the bottom. (Photo thanks to Tyler Kupferer)
Friday we did a bit of sight seeing in Savannah. Saturday morning it was time for my film! Here we are getting ready to go.
The marquee at the Trustees Theater where my film was being screened.
Anxiously waiting for my Dad to show up.
Yay, my Dad made it! Now waiting for the screening to start.
After the screening all the attending filmmakers stood up for a Q&A.
There were about eight of us in attendance so I tried to keep it short.
Getting lunch afterwards at a burger place.
Carlos and I at the awards ceremony on Saturday. I didn't win, but it was a thrill just to be there. All the filmmakers got to sit in the very front VIP style!
Dusty and I at the last party. It was fantastic to meet so many other amazing animators.
The closing party was the best of the week! And yes, they had girls dancing in the back of pickup trucks indoors. Go figure.
That was my trip to the Savannah Film Festival! It was such a fun time I'm sad it's over. Now to get out there and get my film in some more!