Exceptional Things.

Unexpected Places.

MARCH 22-23, 2019


The Rated Experience

A film festival… in Springfield? Believe it! Here’s what we’re about: 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.


Watch and Wonder

Our film selection committee curates films that are not only beautiful, but also challenging and engaging. You are going to see something you’ve never seen before. Or recognize humanity in someone’s story you’ve never heard before. Or find common ground where you may not expect it.

“I love Rated SGF. The hospitality and reverence for movies make it exactly what a film festival should be: a celebration.”

Sean Thiessen

Writer and Director of “Posers” (Rated SGF 2018)

Behind the Screen

As part of the Rated experience, key talent from selected films join us in Springfield for their screening and a Q&A after. This rare opportunity gets you close and personal with exceptional filmmakers. Last year, special guests included: David Lowery, Luka Kain, Brook Linder, and more.


Music. Art. Action.

Celebrating art is at the cornerstone of Rated SGF Film Festival. You will hear local musicians perform original songs inspired by each film. You will see movie posters and art inspired by the film made by local artists presented at the After Party and featured around downtown Springfield before the fest.

After the Credits Roll

The Rated SGF experience ends with the infamous after party at Hotel Vandivort. Enjoy live music and local food and drinks with friends, old and new. Mingle with the filmmakers and keep the conversation going with other film fans. You don’t want to miss our directors ceremony, where filmmakers receive the official Rated stamp on their locally designed posters.


2019 Rated SGF Itinerary

  • Screening A: Friday evening
  • Screening B: Saturday morning
  • Screening C: Saturday afternoon
  • Screening D: Saturday evening

Specific times and films will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 26.


This festival pass gets you access to every Rated SGF event, including four film screenings, four Q&A’s with a lead from the film, a killer After Party at Hotel Vandivort and the first 100 will get a swag bag filled with exceptional surprises.

Rewind. Yes, you heard right. The first 100 ticket holders receive a swag bag filled with merch, local goodies and more. Few of these are still available, so act fast!

25% promo code available to students upon request.

Last Year’s Films

We were immensely proud of the film lineup for the inaugural Rated SGF festival. For directors, talent, and audience, the event was a huge success—and this year we have even more surprises in store!


A GHOST STORY : David Lowery




PETE’S DRAGON : David Lowery


GHOUL SCHOOL : Brook Linder


POSERS : Sean Thiessen


COUNTING TO 1000 : Josh Pfaff