SAG Awards® and SAG-AFTRA Foundation join together as major sponsor of 45th Telluride Film Festival

Aug 28, 2018
LOS ANGELES (August 28, 2018) – For the first time, the Screen Actors Guild Awards® and SAG-AFTRA Foundation will participate as a Major Sponsor of the 45th Annual Telluride Film Festival, August 31 – September 3, 2018. 
This coming awards season the SAG Awards will mark its 25th year of honoring actors. Participating at the Telluride Film Festival is an opportunity for the SAG Awards to kick off its Silver Anniversary festivities at one of the nation’s premiere film festivals while highlighting how it has been supporting artists for 25 years through contributions to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The new partnership between the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the Telluride Film Festival illuminates their common efforts to champion, nurture and celebrate artists.
“Much as the Telluride Film Festival brings together filmmakers and passionate film lovers to discover, encourage and celebrate the best in cinema in an intimate setting, the SAG Awards brings actors, industry leaders and a worldwide audience together to commend the year’s finest performances in an atmosphere of camaraderie,” says SAG Awards Executive Producer Kathy Connell.
“It has been the mission of the SAG Awards from the start to benefit the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s programs. As partners, we are proud to join with the Telluride Film Festival to celebrate artistic excellence,” says JoBeth Williams, Chair of the SAG Awards Committee and President of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Board.
“We’re very excited to be present at the Telluride Film Festival representing the SAG Awards,” says Cyd Wilson, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “The festival will provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the 25thAnniversary of the SAG Awards and all it has done to support working artists nationwide through our programs while simultaneously supporting the artists at this year’s festival.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the SAG Awards and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation to the festival and celebrate together our aligned missions of supporting artistic excellence and giving back to our communities.,” says Telluride Film Festival Co-Director & Executive Director Julie Huntsinger. “It is an honor to recognize this special 25-year milestone and play a role in presenting some of the finest on-screen performances of the year.”
Proceeds from the annual SAG Awards benefit the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and its emergency assistance program, catastrophic health fund, scholarships and free educational programs available to 160,000 SAG-AFTRA members nationwide.
Over its 25 years, the SAG Awards has become one of the awards season’s premier events, attended by a who’s who of film and television. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles. The 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment. Inc. and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). For more information about the SAG Awards®, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit
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The prestigious Telluride Film Festival ranks among the world’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics. TFF is considered a major launching ground for the fall season’s most talked-about films. Founded in 1974, Telluride Film Festival, presented in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, is a four-day international educational event celebrating the art of film. Telluride Film Festival’s long-standing commitment is to join filmmakers and film connoisseurs together to experience great cinema. The exciting schedule, kept secret until Opening Day, consists of over two dozen filmmakers presenting their newest works, special Guest Director programs, three major Tributes to guest artists, special events and remarkable treasures from the past. Telluride Film Festival is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit educational program. Festival headquarters are in Berkeley, CA. For more information about Telluride Film Festival, visit
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