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.

Premiering Saturday, March 31.


2018 FILMS

We were immensely proud of the film lineup for the inaugural Rated SGF festival. This year’s 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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2018 Schedule of Events

10 a.m.—12 p.m.: BONUS Screening: “Pete’s Dragon”

10 a.m.–12 p.m.: Idea to Screen Film Workshop at Moxie Cinema

1–2:30 p.m.: Screening: Local Shorts, Filmmaker Panel

3:30–5:30 p.m.: Screening: “Saturday Church,” Q & A with Luka Kain, lead actor

7–9 p.m.: Final Screening: “A Ghost Story,” Q & A with director David Lowery

9–11 p.m.: After Party at Hotel Vandivort


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 2019 shortly.

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ATTENDEES

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