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Source: Courtesy of SCAD

SCAD Lacoste Film Festival

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is bringing movie magic to France’s Luberon Valley as the US university presents the third annual SCAD Lacoste Film Festival, taking place this year from June 27–29.

SCAD, a world-renowned university with locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia in the United States and in Lacoste, France. The festival includes tributes to French film artisans, special events, and industry insights from honored guests directly relating to many of the university’s top-ranked, preeminent degree programmes, including acting, film and television, production design, and fashion..

“With an acclaimed lineup of artisans, actors, and auteurs in attendance, this year’s SCAD Lacoste Film Festival promises to be our largest and most exciting edition yet,” said Christina Routhier, SCAD theaters and festivals executive director.

“This medieval oasis, with its enchanting views of the Luberon Valley, is a fantastical backdrop for filmmakers and movie stars to share their experiences and insights with our students and the community. Treasured films from France, the UK, and the US, spanning several decades, will find new audiences at SCAD Lacoste’s uniquely intimate outdoor stage and theater during the festival.”

This year SCAD will honour four special industry guests. The Etoile Award will be presented to legendary Golden Globe Award and Bafta-winning UK actor Miranda Richardson, whose many film and TV credits include Tom & Viv, the Harry Potter franchise,Damage and Kansas City  

Academy Award-winning UK costume designer Janty Yates renowned for her work with Ridley Scott on films including The Martian, House of Gucci, and Napoleon, will be honoured with the lifetime achievement in costume design award.

Yates won the Academy Award for best costume design for her first project with Scott, 2001’s Gladiator. Her most recent film is the highly anticipated sequel Gladiator II, which is scheduled to be released this November.

“I am so excited to attend this festival in beautiful Lacoste and engage with the students, many of whom will be future creatives in our industry,” Yates said. “I am very proud and honoured to receive a lifetime achievement award from SCAD.”

Celebrated director, artist, and photographer Sam Taylor-Johnson will receive the outstanding achievement in directing award during a special screening of her most recent film Back To Black, based on the life of UK singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Taylor-Johnson’s further credits include Fifty Shades of Grey, Nowhere Boy, and A Million Little Pieces.

Renowned French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, known for Alien: Resurrection, Delicatessen, and the 2001 Oscar-nominated international sensation Amélie, will receive the festival’s auteur award on the closing night of the festival.

Other special guests include preeminent French production designer Anne Seibel (Midnight in Paris, Emily in Paris, Casanova) who most recently worked on Apple TV+’s The New Look, chronicling the rise of fashion designer Christian Dior in post -World War II Paris. Also in attendance will be award-winning documentarian and director Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Truman & Tennessee, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Love, Cecil, PeggyGuggenheim: Art Addict).

The SCAD Lacoste Film Festival is presented by SCADFILM, the university’s leading programmer of events for students and working professionals in animation, film and television, interactive design and game development, motion media design, immersive reality, and digital media arts.

More than 150 SCAD students are taking classes this summer in Lacoste. A large majority of them are pursuing degrees within the university’s School of Film and Acting.

“This festival is an intimate and carefully curated experience that allows European and international filmmakers to provide professional insights to our student filmmakers through master classes and insightful conversations,” said Leigh Seaman, senior executive director of programming and SCADFILM.

“Each year our students make connections that can help launch their careers in an inspiring and unforgettable setting.”