Atlanta Film Festival

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Atlanta Film Festival
Location Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Founded 1976
Language International

The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is an Academy Award qualifying, international film festival held in Atlanta, Georgia. Started in 1976 and occurring every April, the festival shows a diverse range of independent films, including genre films such as horror and sci-fi. Since 2008, the festival has presented the Pink Peach, which is awarded to the best LGBTQ film as chosen by the Pink Peach jury. The Accountant won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2002 after qualifying at the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival.

Robert Rodriguez at the 1993 Atlanta Film Festival with El Mariachi

As of 2007, the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, in Atlanta's Midtown, serves as the official venue of the festival. The Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 Theater and The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State have served as official opening night venues in recent years.

Move to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema[edit]

2007 Atlanta Film Festival

In 2007, the festival partnered with the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema to centrally locate the festival to Midtown, dubbed the Heart of Atlanta’s Arts and home to a wide array of restaurants, bars and shops. Making the change allowed attending filmmakers and audience members more opportunities to interact and to attend the myriad of panels, screenplay readings, film discussions and parties that accompany the fest.

Move to The Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages[edit]

After 6 years centered at Landmark, the festival moved its home base to The Plaza and added 7 Stages Theatre as a secondary venue. Taking advantage of the Virginia Highlands and Little 5 Points areas, the change pushed the event to be more of a walking festival. According to Artistic Director Charles Judson, the move was mostly praised by locals and introduced out of town guests to Atlanta's unique neighborhoods.

Spin Off of Out on Film[edit]

For years the Atlanta Film Festival organization produced Atlanta's Out on Film gay film festival. In the Fall of 2008 the Atlanta Film Festival gave Out on Film to the LGBT community. Out on Film became an independent, 501(c)(3) gay/lesbian operation.


In 2012 the festival partnered with the Goat Farm Arts Center and indieATL to introduce the Musical and Film Experience, a night of music videos, art installations and bands. The evening is an example of the types of elements film festivals continue to add as they look to redefine themselves, connect with audiences and innovate. Redubbed Sound & Vision in 2013, nearly 800 attended the event, down from 1200 that attended in 2012 due to an unpredictable cold front that moved in on what was ironically the first day of Spring. In 2014 the event drew over 1,500 attendees.

Notable films that have played the festival[edit]

Year Films
1983 Chicken Ranch
1993 El Mariachi
2002 West 47th Street
2004 Primer, Control Room, Born into Brothels, Baadasssss!, Bomb the System, Zatoichi, Dirty Work, Dear Pillow
2005 Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, The Puffy Chair, Emmanuel's Gift, The Boys of Baraka, Hustle & Flow, Me and You and Everyone We Know
2006 Quinceanera, Who Killed the Electric Car?, Factotum, The Other Side
2007 The Signal, Hannah Takes the Stairs, Kamp Katrina, Blood Car, Great World of Sound, Fay Grim, The Last Days of Left Eye, King of Kong, Murder Party, Away From Her, Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life, Killer of Sheep, August the First, La Vie En Rose, War/Dance
2008 The Lena Baker Story, Dance of the Dead, Make-out with Violence, Mongol, American Teen, At the Death House Door, The Visitor, Land of Confusion, Nerdcore Rising, My Effortless Brilliance, The Project[disambiguation needed], The Cake Eaters, XXY
2009 (500) Days of Summer, The People Speak, Rudo y Cursi, That Evening Sun, Tyson, Moon, Beeswax, Alexander the Last, Art & Copy, Mississippi Damned, Neshoba, Idiots & Angels, Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death, Naturally Obsessed
2010 Winter's Bone, The Square, 8: The Mormon Proposition, Racing Dreams, Horn Dog, Pigeon: Impossible, I Am Comic, Family Affair, 9500 Liberty, Cropsey, Putty Hill, American Jihadist, Yellowbrickroad, Handsome Harry, Freedom Riders, Godspeed, Wheedle's Groove
2011 Terri, Sahkanaga, The First Grader, White Irish Drinkers, Incendies, Young Goethe in Love, Hot Coffee, The Start of Dreams
2012 L!fe Happens, The Cabin in the Woods, Americano, Boy, The Woman in the Fifth, Take Me Home, AKA Blondie, John Portman: A Life of Building, V/H/S, The Last Fall, My Last Day Without You, That's What She Said, Monsieur Lazhar, Marley
2013 Mud, The Spectacular Now, I Used to Be Darker, Concussion, God Loves Uganda, A River Changes Course, Big Words, Interior. Leather Bar., Blood Brother, Good Ol' Freda, White Reindeer, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, A Teacher, Blood Brother, Between Us, Our Nixon

Grand Jury Narrative Feature Award winners[edit]

Year Film
1999 The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez-Gomez
2000 Good Housekeeping
2001 Hybrid
2002 My Father, the Genius
2003 Zero Day
2004 Dear Pillow
2005 Most High
2006 Pope Dreams
2007 Great World of Sound
2008 Make-out with Violence
2009 That Evening Sun
2010 Putty Hill
2011 Prairie Love
2012 Welcome to Pine Hill
2013 I Used to Be Darker

Grand Jury Documentary Feature Award winners[edit]

Year Film
2002 West 47th Street
2004 Dirty Work
2005 The Boys of Baraka
2006 What Remains
2007 Protagonist
2008 At the Death House Door
2009 The Way We Get By
2010 Family Affair
2011 An African Election
2012 Code 2600
2013 A River Changes Course

Pink Peach Feature Jury Award winners[edit]

Year Film
2008 XXY
2009 Training Rules
2010 8: The Mormon Proposition
2011 Bear Nation
2012 Cloudburst
2013 God Loves Uganda

Festival dates[edit]

Year Dates
2007 April 19–28
2008 April 10–19
2009 April 16–25
2010 April 15–23
2011 April 28-May 7
2012 March 23 - April 1
2013 March 15 - March 24
2014 March 28 - April 6

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