Savannah College of Art and Design students have made a strong showing at the 2009 BLUE Ocean Film Festival. The internationally-renowned fest recently announced finalists in its student documentary competition, judged by National Geographic. The SCAD films Ocean Invaders, Cast-Offs and Mush won three of six finalist spots, and honorable mentions were awarded to Six Feet Deeper and Saving a River.

“This is a terrific honor for SCAD documentary moviemakers, who were competing against students from [other] excellent film schools,” says
SCAD professor and award-winning moviemaker Kevin McCarey. “These honors, combined with a recent student documentary Academy Award nomination, are demonstrating that SCAD is becoming one of the best schools for documentary filmmaking in the country.”

Savannah College of Art & Design is one of the only schools in the country that offers instruction in underwater documentary moviemaking. SCAD often partners with the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, giving students the opportunity to venture out on research vessels including boats and submarines.

BLUE, a global movie and conservation event, launches its first-ever film festival June 11-14 in Savannah. The purpose of the event (the first U.S. film fest and awards competition dedicated to oceans) is to honor, promote and share movies that inspire people to protect the oceans and the marine life within. At the festival, leaders in the ocean conservation, broadcasting and research fields can interact with and lend support to moviemakers, who provide a critical role in educating and empowering the public.

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