The 2016 Peachtree Village International Film Festival (PVIFF), celebrating its 11th anniversary, will take place August 11 to 14th, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.
PVIFF’s opening night premiere will be “Diva Diaries,” directed and produced by actress, Tangi Miller (“Madea’s Family Reunion,” “My Girlfriend’s Back,”).
The festival is also premiering the new film “Destined,” which was directed, written, and produced by Qasim Basir; and produced by Tommy Oliver and Hill Harper. “Destined” is starring Hill Harper, La La Anthony, Cory Hardrict, and more.
Other special features include “Steps,” starring Pauletta Washington; “Everything But A Man,” starring Monica Calhoun; and the Hallmark Channel world premiere of “Chesapeake Shores,” starring Barbara Niven, Diane Ladd.
PVIFF will host groundbreaking panels such as “Financing a BRAND New Perspective,” “Greenlighting Your Future In Film and Television” and the annual favorite “Cast Me If You Can.”
Special guests and PVIFF 2016 Award recipients include: Legendary Director, Julie Dash, who will receive a Generational Barrier Breaker Award for breaking down barriers with her classic film “Daughters of the Dust” 25 years ago, as well as Emmy Award-winning Actor, Obba Babatunde (“Miss Evers’ Boys,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” etc.), who is receiving a Legends Award. He will also be joining our ‘Cast Me If You Can’ panel. Additional Legends Awards will be presented to: Barbara Niven (“The Perfect Ending,” “Cedar Cove,” etc.) and Actress Loretta Devine (“For Colored Girls,” “Jumping the Broom, etc.) during our closing ceremony, which is being sponsored by the Hallmark Channel. Acclaimed actor Marc John Jeffries (“Losing Isaiah,” “Monsters Inc.,” “Notorious” etc.) will receive a PVIFF Community Arts Award for his outstanding work in the city of New York arts community beyond the screen.
The festival is also celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the classic stage play “Dream Girls” and honoring this occasion during the closing award ceremony on Saturday, August, 13th at the Georgia Pacific Auditorium, with original stars from the play, Loretta Devine and Obba Babatunde.
“Diversity has always been one of my main focuses as it relates to cinema, especially with PVIFF. With the festival being birthed out of the African American Cinema Gallery (AACG) and Hispanic Cinema Museum (HCM), it was only fair to ensure the films we showcase and the programs we produce were diverse just like the museums. I’m proud to say PVIFF represents diversity and can only hope that we are a beacon for change or enrichment for other events, award shows, films and programs around the world, “said Len Gibson, CEO/Founder of PVIFF, AACG and HCM.
PVIFF’s events will take place at the following locations in the city of Atlanta:
Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road SW, Atlanta, GA 30331
Panels, Workshops, and Film Screenings, including the Opening Night Premiere on August 11th
444 Theatre, 444 Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Friday, August 12th Screenings
Georgia Pacific Auditorium, 133 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
World Premiere of Chesapeake Shores, Saturday, August 13th at 4 p. m. and Closing Night Award Ceremony – Red Carpet at 6 p. m./Ceremony at 7 p. m.