The Savannah College of Art and Design has announced that in addition to honoree Alexander Payne, Academy Award-nominated actor Terence Stamp and actress Natalie Dormer will be honored at the 16th annual Savannah Film Festival, from Oct. 26-Nov. 2.
Stamp will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has appeared in more than 60 films, including "Superman" and "Superman II," "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" and "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."
Dormer will receive the Discovery Award. She is best known for her roles in "The Tudors" and "Game of Thrones." She can be seen in Ron Howard's "Rush" and will be filming "Mockingjay," the two-film sequel to "The Hunger Games."
Payne's "Nebraska" will open the festival Oct. 26. He will be presented with an Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award by the film's star, Academy Award nominee and 2006 Savannah Film Festival honoree Bruce Dern.
Other premiere special screenings include John Wells' "August: Osage County," Jon Turteltaub's "Last Vegas," James Toback's "Seduced and Abandoned," Brian Percival's "The Book Thief," Stephen Frears' "Philomena," Asghar Farhadi's "The Past," Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman" and David Frankel's "One Chance."
Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Alec Baldwin and Oscar-nominated writer and director Toback will premiere and discuss their HBO documentary "Seduced and Abandoned."
Previous "Discovery Award" honoree Miles Teller will host a special screening of the film "The Spectacular Now" with director James Ponsoldt and screenwriter Michael Weber.
Other confirmed special guests include Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney of "The Walking Dead," Nina Dobrev and Candice Accola of "The Vampire Diaries," Zach Gilford of "Friday Night Lights" and Keile Sanchez of "Lost."
Other special screenings taking place include: Kevin Macdonald's "How I Live Now," Andrew Adamson's "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D," Stephen Frears' "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," the world premiere of Brad Coley's "East of Acadia," Ti West's "The Sacrament" and a special "work-in-progress" presentation of Christopher Ashley's "Lucky Stiff."
As in years past, one of the highlights of the festival will be the surprise Director's Choice screening on Oct. 30.
In addition to the special screenings, there are 58 films in competition in the categories of Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Professional Shorts, Student Shorts and Animated Shorts, as well as two new shorts categories: Historical and SuperShorts! The films are competing for more than $80,000 in cash and prizes this year.
The jurors for this year's competition are Sharon Badal, head of shorts programming at the Tribeca Film Festival, Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated actor John Benjamin Hickey, "The Big C," writer and director Gary Lennon, "Orange is the New Black," director and producer Scott Lochmus, "The Joneses," and Academy Award-nominated producer Allison Owen, "Elizabeth."
Tickets are on sale now at savannahboxoffice.com, via phone at 912-525-5050 or in person at the box office window, 216 E. Broughton St. Festival passes are still available for purchase.
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