Atlanta Film Festival
|Atlanta Film Festival|
|Location||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
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.
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.
- 1 Move to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
- 2 Move to The Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages
- 3 Spin Off of Out on Film
- 4 SOUND+VISION
- 5 Notable films that have played the festival
- 6 Grand Jury Narrative Feature Award winners
- 7 Grand Jury Documentary Feature Award winners
- 8 Pink Peach Feature Jury Award winners
- 9 Festival dates
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
Move to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
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
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
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
Grand Jury Narrative Feature Award winners
|1999||The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez-Gomez|
|2002||My Father, the Genius|
|2007||Great World of Sound|
|2008||Make-out with Violence|
|2009||That Evening Sun|
|2012||Welcome to Pine Hill|
|2013||I Used to Be Darker|
Grand Jury Documentary Feature Award winners
|2002||West 47th Street|
|2005||The Boys of Baraka|
|2008||At the Death House Door|
|2009||The Way We Get By|
|2011||An African Election|
|2013||A River Changes Course|
Pink Peach Feature Jury Award winners
|2010||8: The Mormon Proposition|
|2013||God Loves Uganda|
|2011||April 28-May 7|
|2012||March 23 - April 1|
|2013||March 15 - March 24|
|2014||March 28 - April 6|