Connecting, Educating and Engaging Audiences in Film and Media Arts

About the Project

Help Support Independent Film in Atlanta!

Now approaching its 44th year, the Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is the Southeast’s preeminent celebration of cinema and the flagship production of the Atlanta Film Society. One of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country, ATLFF showcases both emerging and established artists’ works. In addition, the Atlanta Film Festival is one of less than twenty US film festivals that is Academy Award®-qualifying in all three categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short. The most recent festival had an audience of over 28,000 film-lovers joining over 300 attending filmmakers in support of moving images that push the boundaries of independent cinema. 

Every spring, our 11-day festival—recognized as the Best Film Festival by Creative Loafing, Sunday Paper, 10 Best, and Atlanta Magazine, as well as the Best Spring Festival by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution—presents local and international works selected from over 8,400 submissions representing 50+ countries. ATLFF has been named a “Top 50 Festival Worth the Entry Fee” and one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker magazine. 

Historically, ATLFF’s program is comprised of approximately 80% - 85% submissions. ATLFF actively strives to be an inclusive showcase with spotlights on filmmakers of color, LGBTQ+ films (Pink Peach), women filmmakers (New Mavericks), family-friendly programming, Food on Film and/or experimental subjects and themes. Our experimental thread champions films created with conscious, referential use of the medium, rejection of traditional narrative arcs, and opposition to mass media or conventional storytelling practices.ATLFF’s continued exposure is in part thanks to growing distributor and press outlet attention. Recent distributor attendance includes A24, Paramount, Netflix, Lionsgate, Participant Media, Vimeo, Film Collaborative, Cinelicious Pics, HBO, Turner, XLrator, NBC Universal, Comcast, Archer Gray, Kickstarter and Seed & Spark. Now in its fifth year, the film festival's Georgia Film Award honors a Georgia-made production. 

Jury awards are given for the following categories:
Best Narrative Feature ($1,000 prize) 
Best Documentary Feature ($1,000 prize) 
Best Narrative Short ($500 prize) 
Best Documentary Short ($500 prize) 
Best Animated Short ($500 prize) 
The winners of our Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short prizes all qualify for the following year’s Academy Awards. ATLFF juries are comprised of filmmakers, film critics and industry figures. Recent jurors have included Academy Award-nominated filmmakers and representatives from The Los Angeles Times, Indiewire, XLrator Media, Vimeo and Film Independent.All officially-selected features and short films will be eligible for our Audience Awards. 

The Festival is produced by a total budget of $1,084,916. While crucial partnerships and effective uses of technology help keep costs down, certain costs, for example hotel, transportation and related costs for filmmakers, become not only increasingly expensive but also virtually impossible to be funded solely by partnerships as they once were in the past.  

The organization's mission is to connect, educate, and engage audiences with the creative industry by supporting artists and providing a platform their work. We champion cultural discovery, foster artistic growth, and advocate for diverse voices in film and media arts.  

Your support of the 2020 Atlanta Film Festival and the moving image will help the festival increase programming, filmmaker participation and ensure that the 44th Atlanta Film Festival is a success! 

Support the Atlanta Film Festival Family today.  Thank you! 

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