On March 8th, International Women’s Day, filmmakers, producers, entertainment executives and government officials gathered in Savannah, Georgia to celebrate International Women’s Day. (See photos here.)
The Savannah Regional Film Commission, Savannah Film Alliance, Georgia Production Partnership and Georgia Entertainment News combined to honor women in entertainment on this special occasion around the theme – #EmbraceEquity. The event was held at Collins Quarter in Forsyth Park.
The event highlighted SWIFT – Savannah Women In Film & Television – an organization of professional women working in the entertainment industry. SWIFT is a chapter of WIFTI – Women in Film and Television International. Speakers included Judith More of SWIFT, Charles “Bo” Bowen of the Savannah Film Alliance, LaRonda Sutton of Georgia Production Partnership and Bert Brantley of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce.
“We were very honored to have stakeholders in the industry from all over Georgia and as far away as California attend this very special event,” said Randy Davidson, President of Georgia Entertainment News. “On behalf of our partners and supporters, I want to thank all of those that helped make this event possible.”
Judith More spoke about the organization and work in Savannah including their initiative to support Union Mission’s Parker House including recognizing board members in attendance. Union Mission’s Parker House is Coastal Georgia’s only facility solely dedicated to providing emergency housing and comprehensive services for unaccompanied women experiencing homelessness. She and others also honored Erin Fraser, Executive Director Savannah Regional Film Commission who passed away unexpectedly last week.
Supporters included ICP, South Georgia Studios, IVB Media, FilmHedge, RiseImpact Capital, Security Associates of Coastal Georgia, Cabretta Capital, Sapelo Insurance, The Bowen Law Group, Crafty Apes, Collins Quarter, Yancey Entertainment.
Savannah Regional Film Commission
The Savannah Regional Film Commission, an AFCI certified Film Commission, is the central point of contact for entertainment production in the region for motion picture, television, and commercial productions. The office functions as a liaison between film companies and various municipalities in the Savannah region and provides location assistance and coordination with local crew and businesses. The Savannah Regional Film Commission is a division of Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). For more information, please visit the website at https://savannahfilmalliance.org/.
Savannah Film Alliance
The Savannah Film Alliance was founded by attorney Charles Bowen with the tremendous support of Howard Morrison, Savannah Technical College, SEDA, Savannah Filmmakers, and Beth Nelson along with the entire staff of the Savannah Regional Film Commission. Since its founding in 2015, the Savannah Film Alliance’s membership has grown to over 500 filmmakers, crew, government officials, producers, actors, service providers, and many other entertainment industry supporters. The Savannah Film Alliance offers a unique mutual support system through which its members meet four times a year to ensure Savannah’s continued status as one of the world’s premier filming destinations. The Savannah Film Alliance welcomes everyone with an interest in the local entertainment industry. For more information, please visit the website at https://savannahfilmalliance.org/.
Georgia Production Partnership
The Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) is a nonprofit coalition of companies and individuals who are active in the state’s film, television, music, and digital entertainment industries. Since 1995 GPP’s top priority has been to protect the production tax incentive and strengthen the industry. GPP’s mission is to: Engage the community to protect the tax incentive; Activate individuals through activities to advance all parts of the industry; and Educate the Georgia workforce to strengthen and grow the industry. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.georgiaproduction.org/