The 2016 Big River Film Festival

The inaugural Big River Film Festival will take place at the Savannah Civic Center this summer, from July 7 to 9, 2016.

Produced by Wonder Worthy Productions, the film festival offers access to some of the most creative independent artists today through film programming, master classes, live performances, and conversations. The goal of the festival is to give film professionals, independent artists, and students a platform to proudly showcase their talents in front of residents of the state of Georgia.

The Big River Film Festival will showcase more than a hundred features and short films crafted by some of the most promising independent filmmakers from different parts of the world.

The venue

The 2016 Big River Film Festival will take place at The Savannah Civic Center, with the 2,524-seat Johnny Mercer Theater serving as the festival’s main theater.

Workshops, talks, live performances, and other main events will take place at The Savannah Civic Center’s ballroom and promenade rooms.

Festival organizers are also pleased to announce that they have partnered with several hotels, which will be providing discounted rates for Big River patrons.

Guests attending the festival may book accommodations at:

  • B Historic
  • The Gastonian
  • Embassy Suites
  • Hampton Inn & Suites
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Courtyard
  • The Brice
  • Hotel Indigo

2016 Official Selections and Categories

Below are some of the different films and categories showcased at the Big River Film Festival:

Special Screenings:

  • My Brother’s Keeper (Georgia Film), Samone Norsworthy
  • Ben & Ara (Georgia Film), Nnegest Likke

Short Film Live Action Competition:

  • A Walk in Winter (USA), Ryan Moody
  • Nkosi Coiffure (Belgium), Frederike Migom
  • The Mother (USA), Paolo Monico
  • Side (H)arm (USA, Georgia Film), Jeremy Oliver Miller
  • Schmoolie the Deathwatcher (USA), Michael Ray Escamilla
  • Farewell (USA, Georgia Film), Raymond Wood
  • Beautiful Dreamer (USA), David Gaddie
  • Muscle (USA), Heidi Marshall
  • Jubilee Nurse (Ireland), Keith Farrell
  • Flat Brim (USA), Tom Bentey
  • Duende: The Red Shoes (USA), Tina Love 
  • Texting: A Love Story (USA), Jeanette Buck
  • Crayons (USA), Emma Pek

Student Live Action Short Competition:

  • Blue Hour (USA, Georgia Film), Kody Cunningham
  • Between Departures (USA), Emma Pek
  • Eden (USA), Jacob Allinson
  • Creation 101 (USA), Raine Bracken
  • Mrs. Robinson and the Pool Boy, Darlien Morales
  • Dance of the Elements (USA), Emily Croke
  • The ReEnergizers (USA), Emily Croke
  • Package Nanny (USA) Shea Lord
  • The Rift (USA), Hernan S. Zulueta
  • The Monsters Around Us (USA), Aileen Carpenter

Other categories:

  • Short Documentary Competition
  • Short Film Animation – International
  • International Documentary Feature Competition
  • Documentary Feature Competition – USA
  • Feature Film Competition – USA
  • Feature Film Competition International
  • New Media Web Series
  • Young Filmmakers Competition
  • Film Screenings in High Regard (Not in competition)


Those interested in going to the Big River Film Festival have the choice of getting the Friday One Day Pass, Saturday One Day Pass, Two Day Weekend Pass, and the VIP All Access Pass, which allows you to experience all of the events at the film festival.
For more information on the Big River Film Festival, visit