It may not be Sundance, it may not be Cannes, but the Savannah Film Festival has become a cornerstone event for Georgia’s rapidly expanding film industry.  It’s not a new event, with this year’s version the 18th in state history, but the increase in projects in recent years, (stemming from an array of tax incentives and infrastructure upgrades) has brought a new sense of importance to what started as a small, school sponsored festival.

The event is still sponsored by Savannah College of Art and Design, but it’s certainly no longer small, with over 40,000 visitors expected in the city of just 250,000 over its 8 days, (beginning this Saturday).  It’s a public face for Hollywood elite to gather in the Old South, in a town on the opposite side of the continent from Los Angeles, but still home to a booming industry that brings in over $6 billion annually to the state. 

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