Downtown Springfield Association

Celebrating Exceptional Things Found in Unexpected Places.

Inspired by exceptional things found in unexpected places, Rated SGF celebrates films and artists that challenge our assumptions. Each screening seeks to create an authentic connection, blurring the boundary between storyteller and audience.

Rated SGF has been canceled for 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the Rated SGF Film Festival for 2021. Rated SGF will return March 25-26, 2022.

The difficult decision was made by the Downtown Springfield Association and the Film and Media Association of Springfield in the interests of public health concerns. The health and safety of guests, volunteers and staff, as always, is the top priority.

“We are disappointed we won’t be able to put on this great festival in 2021, but we know this is the right decision,” Jennifer Moseley, festival director, said. “We are thankful for all the support we have received as we planned this event and look forward to hosting our third Rated SGF Film Festival March 25-26, 2022. This will be our biggest and best to date.”

Rated SGF is an indoor event, making social distancing difficult. The event also requires travel to Springfield from other parts of the country.

Tickets purchased for Rated SGF 2020 will be honored in 2022. If a refund is required, or you have any other questions, please contact Moseley by calling 417-831-6200 or emailing jennifer@itsalldowntown.com.

Visit the Rated SGF website for more details on the event.


  • Director David Lowery sits on stage during a Q&A session


PREVIOUS FILMS

We were immensely proud of the film lineups for Rated SGF. These films celebrate exceptional things found in unexpected places—from underdog protagonists to unusual settings.

A GHOST STORY

An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.

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SATURDAY CHURCH

A coming-of-age story unlike any you’ve ever seen, this musical addresses loss, gender identity and coming to terms with the person you’re meant to me.

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PETE’S DRAGON

Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford and Oakes Fegley star in this fun retelling of the cherished family film.

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GHOUL SCHOOL

It’s The Breakfast Club meets Poltergeist when two students break into Baldwin High School to steal a chemistry test, only to enrage the spirit of a killer principal.

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POSERS

On Halloween night, Derek and his ragtag group of friends accidentally awaken a shapeshifting monster that threatens their reputations—and their lives.

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COUNTING TO 1000

Detective Callow examines the gray area between good and evil while investigating a gruesome home robbery.

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2022 Schedule of Events

Coming soon…


WHY RATED SGF?

In this video series produced by Blend Studio and Locke & Stache, community leaders explain the what and the why behind the festival.

WHAT IS RATED SGF?

John McQueary explains the passion behind this project.

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WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND RATED SGF?

Beth Domann explains the appeal behind the film festival experience.

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WHY IS RATED SGF GOOD FOR SPRINGFIELD?

Jeff Houghton describes the need for a Springfield-based film festival.

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GET INVOLVED.

Whether you’re a filmmaker, film buff or simply a passionate SGF dweller, Rated SGF has something for you.

FILMMAKERS

Our feature and shorts submissions are now closed, but we’ll be taking submissions for 2022 shortly.

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ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

Want to get your brand in front of film enthusiasts? Rated SGF offers several on-site advertising options, and we’d love to partner with you.

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ATTENDEES

Ready for an unforgettable experience? Stay tuned for information on tickets for Rated SGF!

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