Students prepare to shine at SSU film festival

Georgia’s film business is booming and Savannah State University is making sure students are ready to take advantage of the industry’s growth.

Students are in the final preparations for the Savannah State Indie Film Festival.

News 3 was there last week during a gathering to meet the filmmakers and see some of the trailers.

There are five categories that range from drama to music videos.

It’s an event that allows students to explore their passion and get valuable experience.

“We hope that all the students and all the community come out and enjoy it because we have been working really hard,” said Ariana Knight, a senior who hopes for a career in movie scoring. “We have been putting a lot of time and effort into making sure that this experience is not only for the people who are making it, but also fun for the people who get the opportunity to view it.”

Tracy L. Haynes is the journalism professor in charge of the event. Only students and faculty can enter films in the festival, but collaborators from outside the SSU community can be a part of their teams.

“If there’s going to be a film revolution in Georgia, these guys are going to be on the front edge of that and that’s a good thing,” Haynes said.

The deadline to enter is March 4. The films will be judged by a panel and they will be screened and awarded on April 13. The festival will also include clinics held the following day – all on the SSU campus.

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