43rd Annual Atlanta Film Festival
Celebrating its 43rd year, the Atlanta Film Festival is the region’s preeminent celebration of cinema. The organization offers entertainment, networking, education & professional development year-round. The festival itself is one of the largest and longest-running in the region. It is also the most distinguished event in its class, recognized as the ‘Best Spring Festival’ by Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sunday Paper, 10 Best and Atlanta Magazine, as well as one of the ’25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World’ and one of ’50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee’ by MovieMaker Magazine. The Atlanta Film Festival came in second in the USA Today 2019 Readers Poll of Best Film Festivals in the US.
Selected from a record-breaking 8,400+ film submissions, the 2019 festival will present 31 feature-length films, 98 short films and 36 creative media presentations. In addition to these selected films, the 11-day event will also include Opening and Closing Night Presentations, 13 Marquee screenings, seven Special Presentations and a number of Creative Conference events. The festival is also proud to welcome the World Premiere of six feature films, 23 short films and eight creative media presentations to Atlanta’s stage. The festival runs Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 14.
Here are some of the highlights:
Friday, April 5th
Opening Night Presentation
The Farewell – 7:00 pm Plaza Theatre
After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal lung cancer, a family opts not to tell her about the diagnosis, instead scheduling an impromptu wedding reunion back in China. Headstrong and emotional writer Billi rebels against her parents’ directive to stay in New York and joins the family as they awkwardly attempt to rekindle old bonds, throw together a wedding that only grandma is actually looking forward to, and surreptitiously say their goodbyes. The will be a Q&A afterward with writer/director Lulu Wang and star Awkwafina.
Sunday, April 7th
Food on Film
The Biggest Little Farm – 12:00 noon Plaza Theatre
The family-friendly documentary follows a determined couple attempting to transform a depleted plot of land into a diverse, utopian farm outside of Los Angeles. Directly after the screening, ATLFF is proud to highlight Farm Burger’s commitment to sourcing ingredients from local farmers at the after party at the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. Attendees are invited to indulge in an array of farm to table menu items served up by the restaurant, all prepared utilizing sustainable, local and humane practices.
Thursday, April 11th
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Fourth Ward Park along the Beltline’s Eastside Trail
One of the most popular events at ATLFF, Sound+Vision is now in its seventh year and its biggest yet, the event will feature live music, screenings of bold music videos and virtual reality films, unbelievable art installations and Atlanta’s best food trucks creating an immersive experience like no other. Stage performers include WHOAA, with one half of the duo hailing from Atlanta and whose music video “Candy Love” will screen at the event, as well as Theo and the Bear by Jacob Velcoff on the Main Stage. Following the live musical acts will be a special 80th-anniversary presentation of THE WIZARD OF OZ, featuring live performances from the Alliance Theatre cast.
Saturday, April 13th
Closing Night Film
Them That Follow – 7:30 pm Plaza Theatre
In the rugged wilderness of Appalachia, the members of an isolated community of Pentecostal snake handlers led by Pastor Lemuel (Walton Goggins) risk their lives to attest themselves before God. Lemuel’s daughter Mara (Alice Englert) prepares for her upcoming wedding to the young believer her father has singled out for her under the watchful eye of Hope (Olivia Colman) while scrambling to hide a secret that has the potential to drive her father’s church to ruin. Co-director Dan Madison will do a Q&A after the film.
Sunday, April 14th
Special Viewing Event
Game of Thrones Season Premiere Screening – 9:00 pm Plaza Theatre
Based on the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, this hit Emmy® winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent fantasy kingdom. First premiering in 2011, the eighth season premiere marks the beginning of the end of the series and brings fans one step closer to the long-awaited end of the quest for the Iron Throne.
In addition to over 100 plus films, the festival also runs a five-day Creative Conference. Nearly 40 Creative Conference events will join the 43rd Annual Atlanta Film Festival’s stacked lineup of film, educational and special programming. The Creative Conference will take place April 8-12 during the festival, which runs from April 5 – 14.
As ATLFF’s educational programming track, the five-day Creative Conference features workshops, panels, talks and demos that delve deeper into the captivating world of cinema, focusing on topics such as screenwriting, pitching, acting, producing, casting, funding and distribution, and how they all come together to make a film or television episode.
For more information on the Atlanta Film Festival go to www.atlantafilmfestival.com