The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Entertainment Weekly (EW) today announced a partnership. EW will serve as a Media Partner for the 2018 SCAD Savannah Film Festival and as the Official Media Partner for the 2019 SCAD aTVfest in Atlanta, which are two of the university’s annual signature events celebrating the film and television industries.

As an Official Media Partner for the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, EW will help program and moderate select talent panels. EW will also host a photo and video studio where talent will create exclusive content to run across EW’s print, digital and social platforms.


“SCAD Savannah Film Festival is a key event for the film community so Entertainment Weekly embraced the opportunity to participate in a larger way this year,” said Henry Goldblatt, Editor in Chief of Entertainment Weekly. “We are thrilled to be able to help bring together our incredible EW writers and editors with some of today’s most compelling talent to showcase their experiences and projects.”

As part of the partnership, Entertainment Weekly will host the EW Breakout Award Panel during the SCAD Savannah Film Festival on Saturday, October 27. The panel will highlight compelling talent who have contributed significantly in a performance role this year. A moderated discussion will showcase their unique personalities as they reflect on their roads to success and current projects. Participating in the panel are SCAD alumna Kayli Carter (Private Life), Raúl Castillo (We the Animals), Winston Duke (Black Panther), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace), Hari Nef (Assassination Nation) and Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place).

In addition, SCAD Savannah Film Festival and Entertainment Weekly are proud to announce two more honorees: Chloë Grace Moretz will receive the Lumiere Award and John David Washington will receive the Distinguished Performance Award. They join honorees Hugh Jackman, Emily Blunt, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Armie Hammer, Stephan James, John Krasinski, KiKi Layne and Amandla Stenberg who were announced earlier this month.

Moretz is currently starring in the title role of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, which will screen on Friday, November 2 with a Q&A. She can next be seen in Suspiria and Greta, with her other film credits including The Amityville Horror, Kick-Ass, Kick Ass 2, Let Me In, Carrie, Hugo, Dark Shadows, The 5th Wave, If I Stay, Clouds of SilsMaria and The Equalizer. She lent her voice to The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which received a 2015 Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.

Washington, who will participate in a Q&A following a screening of BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee on Wednesday, October 31. The film premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to a standing ovation and won the Grand Prix. This fall he co-starred in Monsters and Men directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. Earlier this year, he was seen in Monster which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, starring opposite Jeffrey Wright, A$AP Rocky and Jennifer Hudson. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Washington got his start as a child in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X in 1992. Prior to acting, he spent six years playing professional football. Shortly after, he booked his fist-ever audition to play “Ricky Jerret” in the HBO series Ballers with Dwayne Johnson, currently in its 4th season.

SCAD’s preeminent School of Entertainment Arts program creates world-class, industry-ready talent that not only fills needs in Georgia, but the industry nationwide. SCAD offers top ranked film and television degree programs and provides award winning talent for Georgia’s expanding production hub.(moved from 2nd graph) The university’s president and founder, Paula Wallace, was recently honored with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Southeast Chapter “President’s Award”, an award that recognizes exemplary achievement within the TV and Digital Media industries. This prestigious award is presented to outstanding leaders, broadcaster, content creators or organizations for outstanding contributions to the field.

More than 8,100 SCAD students and alumni work in the fields of animation, entertainment, motion pictures, media production, writing, editing, broadcast media and performing arts, with over 2,800 in Georgia alone. The program’s wholly unique project-based approach to film, TV and performing arts gives SCAD students a distinct advantage before they graduate with unparalleled access to industry tools, experts and life-changing opportunities—from cross-disciplinary collaborations that mirror major film and TV productions to acclaimed Academy- and Oscar-award winning faculty, including D.W. Moffett, Craig Anton and Geoffrey Fletcher, among others. Last year, more than 70 SCAD alumni worked on Oscar-nominated films as production designers, sound designers, graphic designers, producers, actors and more. In fact, nearly one dozen SCAD graduates worked on one of the year’s top blockbusters, ‘Black Panther.’