SCAD wins First Place at the Coca Cola Regal Films Competition

Coca Cola along with Regal Films, have awarded SCAD students, Shayain Lakhani and Devon Solwold, first place for their Coke spot "Choose Happy." It will be screened at Regal theaters nationwide this summer!

SCAD Students Win 2019 Coca-Cola Regal Films Program for Student Filmmakers

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is proud to announce that a team of SCAD students from its School of Entertainment Arts led by producer Shayain Lakhani and director Devon Solwold has won first place in the 2019 Coca-Cola Regal Films program, a student filmmaking competition. The film, “Choose Happy,” will be screened at Regal theatres nationwide this summer.

Consistently ranked on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of top film and TV programs in the nation, SCAD’s School of Entertainment Arts is the preeminent program in the country for film and television as illustrated by winning the Coca-Cola Regal Films program. SCAD’s degree program in film & television gives students a distinct advantage before they graduate through project collaborations across disciplines that mirror exactly how major film and TV productions work.

Now in its fifth year, the Coca-Cola Regal Films program provides opportunities for student filmmakers from partner university film schools to showcase their talent. After teams from 30 schools submitted scripts for a 30-second film to connect viewers to the moviegoing experience, finalists from five universities – SCAD, UCLA, UNLV, The New School and NYU – were selected by Coca-Cola and Regal Films to produce their films. Each team of finalists received a trip to Los Angeles for a training program and kickoff event, $15,000 in funding, and camera gear during the production process. A panel of film industry judges helped select “Choose Happy” as the winning film. Notably, the SCAD team was unique in that each department was led by students only.

SCAD offers 1 million square feet dedicated to the production of film, television and all other forms of entertainment, offering leading-edge technology and studio resources for SCAD students. Its facilities include the 60,000-square-foot SCAD Digital Media Center in the heart of Midtown Atlanta and Savannah Film Studios, a custom-designed space with all the amenities to host industry-level productions. SCAD’s impressive roster of film and television faculty includes D.W. Moffett, Quinlan Orear, Brett Wagner and more.

SCAD is also home to the world’s only professionally-run casting office at the university level. Focusing on acting for the camera and audition techniques, the SCAD Casting Office has placed more than 250 students into roles for  numerous films and television shows including “The Poison Rose,” “Lizzie,” “Magic Mike XXL,” “Stranger Things,” “Walking Dead Z: The Beginning of Everything” and more.

Additionally, SCAD is the only university to shoot student-produced television shows live before a studio audience, and  is the only university shooting multi-camera productions, including “G.R.I.T.S.” and SCAD’s original sitcom “The Buzz,” which won the College Emmy® award for Best Series.

SCAD offers signature events like SCAD Savannah Film Festival and SCAD aTVfest, which uniquely provide students with direct, unprecedented access to performers, producers, and industry experts as well as screenings, exclusive looks, and program premières. As the largest university-run film festival in the country, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival is an annual tribute to excellence in film that has screened over 100 Academy Award-nominated films and honored more than 75 legendary actors, filmmakers, directors, producers, writers and more, for more than 20 years. Now in its seventh year, SCAD aTVfest is a celebration of the best in the television industry, creating interactions between students and visiting professionals through masterclasses, in conversations, and keynote speeches. The brightest stars in TV come to Atlanta to spend their time visiting with students, sharing insights, and reviewing portfolios.

“Choose Happy” is available to view here. A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film is available to view here. <<<