Exceptional Things.

Unexpected Places.

2020 Event Postponed


2020 Event Postponed

Thunder Road


Special Guests

Jim Cummings : Director / Actor

Kendal Farr : Actress

Barak Hill : Musical Guest

Minding The Gap


Special Guests

Keire Johnson : Star

Konrad Giallo : Musical Guest

Morgan Cooper Short Films


Special Guests

Morgan Cooper : Director

Isaac Badger : Musical Guest

Rabbit’s Foot


Special Guest

Dustie Carter : Director

Amazing Grace


Special Guests

Lyle Foster

Arthur Duncan

2020 Schedule of Events

2020 Event Postponed

2:30 pm     Short Film Director Workshop

4:00 pm     Film Workshop with Sean McEwan – “How to finance your Indie Film and get it made”

7:00 pm     U Shoot Videos Screening – Q&A with Morgan Cooper to follow

9:00 pm     Short Films Block

2020 Event Postponed

11:00 am    Amazing Grace Screening – Q&A with Lyle Foster to follow

1-2:30pm    Shuttles run for local African American Heritage Trail Churches

3:00 pm      Minding The Gap Screening – Q&A with Keire Johnson to follow

7:00 pm      Thunder Road Screening – Q&A with Jim Cummings(remote) & Kendal Farr to follow

10:00 pm    After Party at Hotel Vandivort

The Rated Experience

We are 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.


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 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.