Savannah State University’s Indie Film fest is set to jump off on April 21, 2018. This event is a great opportunity for young upcoming film makers to display their hard work to their peer as well as those who have made a name for themselves in the film making and productions field. 

The event kickoff will include the screening of “Olympic Pride , American Predjuice” in Torian Auditorium at 4 p.m. Director Deborah Riley-Draper will be in attendance. After the screening the floor will be opened for a mini Q & A session. 

After the Q& A segment, Ms. Draper will be presenting an award the 1st annual Jeanette Coleman Riley Golden Tiger Filmmaker Award to the top female filmmaker. This award is named after Draper’s mother who is an alumnus of Savannah State University (Class of ’51). 

Typically men dominate when it comes to submissions at the film fest, which result in them receiving the awards. This year things have been spiced up a bit. “Ms. Draper feels as though it’s time to start motivating, acknowledging, and encouraging upcoming female filmmakers” said Kareem McMichael, co-coordinator of the Indie Film Fest, when asked why only a female filmmaker would be chosen. 

McMichael is looking forward to the event for the screening and also looking forward t the films that will be shown. “I am excited about all of the films submitted this year,” says McMichael “ We have a lot of foreign films submitted which will give our students the opportunity to see an even broader variety.” 

The festival is schedule to run from April 24-26, 2018 at 6pm in the Savannah State University Student Union Ballroom. Find out more info at or contact Kareem McMichael, co-coordinator and festival director, at 912-358-3352 or email: and follow on social media, Facebook: SSU Indie Film Fest and Instagram: @ssufilmfest.

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