Atlanta Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF)
SINCE: 1976
WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
WEBSITE: www.atlantafilmfestival.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Now in its fourth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival – one of only two-dozen Academy Award qualifying festivals in the U.S. – is the area’s preeminent celebration of cinema. The Atlanta Film Festival is one of the largest and longest-running festival in the country, welcoming an audience of over 25,000 to discover 150+ new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films, selected from 1,800+ submissions from all over the world. It is also the most distinguished event in its class, recognized as Best Film Festival by Creative Loafing, Sunday Paper, 10Best and Atlanta Magazine.

No Light and No Land Anywhere

First Wave of Films Announced for 2017 Atlanta Film Festival

The first slate of programming, comprising feature length and short films, narratives, documentaries, pilot episodes, music videos, animation, puppetry, experimental and virtual reality has been revealed for the upcoming 41st Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF).

First 10 Films, All Directed by Women, Announced for 2015 Atlanta Film Festival

First 10 Films, All Directed by Women, Announced for 2015 Atlanta Film Festival

The Sisterhood of NightThe Sisterhood of Night

The 39th annual Atlanta Film Festival taking place March 20 thru 29, 2015, has released the first ten feature films, all directed by women, selected for the festival’s film lineup.  “Films from female directors composed nearly half of last year’s feature film program. This first glimpse at the Festival’s 2015 lineup showcases the outstanding quality of work found in submissions from female filmmakers,” said ATLFF Director of Programming Kristy Breneman. Of the ten features in this first wave, six are narrative (fiction) and four are documentaries.

“I Believe In Unicorns” “Getting to the Nutcracker” Among Winners of 2014 Atlanta Film Festival

“I Believe In Unicorns” “Getting to the Nutcracker” Among Winners of 2014 Atlanta Film Festival

 LEAH MEYERHOFF, WRITER/DIRECTOR OF THE 2014 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE FEATURE AWARD WINNER, I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS.LEAH MEYERHOFF, WRITER/DIRECTOR OF THE 2014 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL NARRATIVE FEATURE AWARD WINNER, I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS.

 I Believe In Unicorns directed by Leah Meyerhoff won the top prize for Best Narrative Feature Film at the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival.“I Believe in Unicorns” takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love.  Getting to the Nutcracker directed by Serene Meshel-Dillman won the award for Best Documentary.  “Getting to The Nutcracker” takes you inside the Herculean effort involved in gathering the resources, assembling the volunteers, casting the dancers, rehearsing and staging the performances of the classic ballet. Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo directed by Matt Livadary that exposes the world to the unsung LGBT community of both the old and new west won the Pink Peach Feature Film award.

 Here is the complete list of winners and awards for 2014 Atlanta Film Festival:

JOE starring Nicolas Cage to Open 2014 Atlanta Film Festival; THE DOUBLE starring Jesse Eisenberg to Close

JOE starring Nicolas Cage to Open 2014 Atlanta Film Festival; THE DOUBLE starring Jesse Eisenberg to Close

JOE starring Nicolas CageJOE starring Nicolas Cage

The 38th Annual Atlanta Film Festival taking place March 28 to April 6 2014, will open with the feature film “JOE,” starring Nicolas Cage.  This film from Roadside Attractions is centered on Nicolas Cage, who plays the titular role of Joe, an ex-con and unlikely role model, who meets a 15-year-old boy (Tye Sheridan) and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin. “JOE” is directed by David Gordon Green, director/producer of television’s “Eastbound and Down” and cult classic films “Pineapple Express” and “All the Real Girls.”  

2012 Atlanta Film Festival Line-Up Plus L!fe Happens to Open and The Cabin in the Woods to Close Festival

2012 Atlanta Film Festival Line-Up Plus L!fe Happens to Open and The Cabin in the Woods to Close Festival

The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) announced its 2012 lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films for this year’s festival, March 23-April 1 in Atlanta, GA. 

The Atlanta Film Festival will open with the feature film L!fe Happens, a film by director Kat Coiro.  L!fe Happens is a comedy about three Los Angelenos  and what happens when a one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy,  Co-writer Krysten Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23”, She’s Out of My League) stars in the film along with Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson.  Director Kat Coiro and Krysten Ritter will be in attendance on opening night.  The Atlanta Film Festival closing night will take place on Saturday, March 31 and will feature The Cabin in the Woods, the highly anticipated horror film starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Kristen Connolly (The Happening, Revolutionary Road). 

The lineup consists of 29 Narrative Features, 26 Documentary Features and 9 Short Program Presentations with over 50 features/shorts with ties to Georgia.

The Narrative Feature Competition includes: A Little Bit Zombie, directed by Casey Walker; OK, Good directed by Daniel Martinico, That’s What She Said directed by Carrie Preston, and Welcome to Pine Hill, directed by Keith Miller.  The Pink Peach Feature Competition includes: Glitterboys and Ganglands, directed by Lauren Beukes; The Grove, directed by Andy Abrahams Wilson; and Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads, directed by Michael Schiralli. The Documentary Feature Competition includes Brooklyn Castle, directed by Katie Dellamaggiore; Coal Rush, directed by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopa; Code 2600, directed by Jeremy Zerechak; Danland, directed by Alexandra Berger; Her Master’s Voice directed by Nina Conti; I Want My Name Back, directed by Roger Paradiso and Trash Dance, directed by Andrew Garrison.

The 2012 Atlanta Film Festival will feature:

OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT

L!fe Happens (USA)
Director: Kat Coiro
From director Kat Coiro comes L!FE HAPPENS, a comedy centered on three young women – Kim (Krysten Ritter), Deena (Kate Bosworth) and Laura (Rachel Bilson) – who all live under the same roof in Los Angeles. When one of Kim’s one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, things take a sudden turn for the trio. With the help of her girlfriends, Kim must cope with single motherhood as she jumps back into the dating scene amid the fear that toting around a tot can be a dating ‘buzz-kill.’ Also featuring Jason Biggs, Seymour Cassel, Rhys Coiro, Justin Kirk, Kristen Johnston, Andrea Savage, Geoff Stults and Fallon Goodson, L!FE HAPPENS takes a look at single living, friendship and the joys of life’s curveballs.
Cast: Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Justin Kirk
(Opening Night)

The Cabin in the Woods (USA)

Director: Drew Goddard
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen.  If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchinson, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins Bradley Witford
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