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Meg Ryan, Olivia Wilde, and ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Alfie Allen Honorees at 2015 Savannah Film Festival

SAVANNAH, GA. (FNN News) – The Savannah Film Festival announced the film lineup for its 2015 series, as well as the honorees for their Spotlight, Lifetime Achievement, and Rising Star Awards.

Olivia Wilde will be presented with the Spotlight Award on opening night (October 24) for her contributions in films like “Meadowland,” which has been added as a gala screening at the festival, “Her,” and “Drinking Buddies.” Alfie Allen will be awarded the Rising Star Award on October 27 for his appearances in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Atonement.” Lastly, Meg Ryan, whose directorial debut “Ithaca” screens at the festival, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award on October 29 for her work on films like “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle.”

The festival has also announced “An Evening With Saoirse Ronan” (October 25), gala screenings including “Meadowland” and “Spotlight,” and Docs to Watch, Conversation Series, and Competition screenings. Read the lineup below.

Conversation Series
Saoirse Ronan, following “Brooklyn” – October 25
Sarah Gavron and Alison Owen, following “Suffragette” – October 24
Olivia Wilde and Reed Morano, following “Meadowland” – October 24
Riley Keogh, following “Dixieland” – October 25
Tab Hunter, following “Tab Hunter Confidential” – October 26
David Lang following “Youth” – October 26
Catherine Hardwicke, following “Miss You Already” – October 27
James Sadwith, following “Coming Through the Rye” – October 29
Marc Abraham and Elizabeth Olsen, following “I Saw the Light”

Gala Screenings
“Dixieland,” directed by Hank Bedford
“Ithaca,” directed by Meg Ryan
“Legend,” directed by Brian Helgeland
“Meadowland,” directed by Reed Morano
“Spotlight,” directed by Tom McCarthy

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Docs to Watch 
“Amy,” directed by Asif Kapadia
“Best of Enemies,” directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon
“Call Me Lucky,” directed by Bobcat Goldthwait
“Cartel Land,” directed by Matthew Heineman
“The Hunting Ground,” directed by Kirby Dick
“Meet the Patels,” directed by Geeta Patel and Ravi Patel
“What Happened, Miss Simone,” directed by Liz Garbus
“Winter on Fire,” directed by Evgeny Afineevsky
“The Wolfpack,” directed by Crystal Moselle

Signature Series 
“Coming Through the Rye,” directed by James Sadwith
“Dead of Winter: The Donner Party,” directed by Doug Glover
“Ek Harzachi Note,” directed by Shrihari Sathe
“He Named Me Malala,” directed by Davis Guggenheim
“Jasmine,” directed by Dax Phelan
“Krisha,” directed by Trey Edward Shults
“Mia Madre,” directed by Nanni Moretti
“One Day in Auschwitz,” directed by Steve Purcell
“Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 2,” Lloyd Kaufman
“Son of Saul,” directed by László Nemes
“Tab Hunter Confidential,” directed by Jeffrey Schwartz
“The Prophet,” directed by Roger Allers
“Touched with Fire,” directed by Paul Dalio

The complete lineup is available is available online. The festival runs from October 24 – October 31.


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