It’s that time of year for the 41st Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) which starts on Friday, March 24, 2017, and runs through Sunday, April 2, 2017. A record 6,000 submissions of films to the festival has been whittled down to over 160 feature-length and short films, including 18 Marquee and World Premiere screenings, 40 Creative Conference events and 12 unique Special Presentations.
ATLFF is hosting the World Premieres of seven feature-length narrative or documentary films and two episodic pilots during the 2017 festival. World Premiere presentations will feature films from the ATLFF specialty tracks such as the New Mavericks, Pink Peach, and Georgia Made.
Opening night film on Friday, March 24th will be Dave Made a Maze. Director Bill Watterson and select cast and crew members are scheduled to appear on the Red Carpet.
Partnering with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the closing night film on Sunday, April 2nd will be the US/Israeli film, Menashe.
The popular Food on Film will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of My Cousin Vinny on Sunday, March 26 at noon at the main Plaza Theatre. Afterward, there will be an after-party to celebrate that southern dish Grits. The after-party is free with a My Cousin Vinny Ticket or Festival Badge.
The annual Puppet Slam will be held on Sunday, March 26th at 9:30 pm at the Plaza Theatre. Hosted by Beau Brown, the Puppet Slam is a combination of live puppetry presences and curated short puppet films.
The spectacular SOUND+VISION event will return for its sixth year.The signature mid-week event will move to 787 Windsor, a converted steam boiler manufacturing facility that was transformed into an eclectic, arts-centric space for Atlanta’s creative community, on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 7:00 PM. As in past years, the 2017 SOUND+VISION event will combine cinema with art, music, and food to create an unforgettable evening, paying homage to Atlanta’s ever-growing arts community.
The Florida State University College of Motion Pictures Arts presents a showcase of eight short student films followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the college on Tuesday, March 28. FSU College of Motion Picture Arts produces student films that regularly win prestigious Student Emmys and Oscars. Join us for an evening of cinematic entertainment, as the ATLFF showcases this year’s selected Keylight Films.
The FSU College of Motion Picture Arts Film Forum will present award-winning Moonnlight filmmakers Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders will participate in a panel discussion moderated by FSU College of Motion Picture Arts dean Reb Braddock. McMillon and Sanders were nominated for their achievement in editing the 2017 Academy Awards® ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winner. The pair is alumni of the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts, which has been named one of the top film schools in the country.
For more information about the Atlanta Film Festival and a full schedule of film screenings and events, visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com/films . Passes for the festival and tickets to individual screenings are available for purchase now on the website.
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