Don't Miss These Georgia Film Festivals in 2017

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

    Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Movies, music videos, commercials and television series are made in Georgia, so it’s only natural that the state fills its annual calendar with a number of festivals celebrating the genre. 

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta (Jan. 24 - Feb. 15, 2017)

You’ll want to get your tickets early for this annual festival, which showcases the best Jewish examples of Jewish culture and history as well as the work of Jewish artists. The schedule of events will be announced in late 2016. Be sure to grab your tickets as soon as they go on sale — events usually sell out quickly!

aTVfest, Atlanta (Feb. 2-4, 2017)

Q&A with Mindy Kaling at aTVfest 2016
Q&A with Mindy Kaling at aTVfest 2016

This immersive festival puts attendees in the driver’s seat, allowing them to pick what festival experience they want. Workshops, panel discussions, networking opportunities and (of course) films are on the calendar.

Atlanta Film Festival, Atlanta (March 24 - April 2, 2017)

For decades the Atlanta Film Festival has been bringing films ranging from the popular to the obscure to the insightful and simply delightful to Atlanta’s movie theaters. The event also includes master classes, a screenplay competition, and special presentations.

The Milledgeville Film Festival, Milledgeville (April 26-30, 2017)

Scott Takeda
Scott Takeda

Prefer your films with a Southern twist? This festival features five days of feature and short film presentations in the city that was once Georgia’s capital.

American Youth Film Festival, Atlanta (June 8-10, 2017)

See the great filmmakers of tomorrow this summer at the American Youth Film Festival. Entries are accepted at low rates to encourage young filmmakers to submit their works, and awards are given by elementary, middle, high school and college divisions.

Big River Film Festival, Savannah (July 6-9, 2017)

In only their second year, the 2017 festival features numerous films for at least two viewings meaning it’s easier to see the ones you have on your list. Entries focus on films with a strong plot.

Atlanta Shortsfest, Atlanta (July 7-8, 2017)

Films don’t have to be long to be great. This festival celebrates those films, which are so often overlooked, in a two-day festival at Synchronicity Theatre across from SCAD in Midtown Atlanta.

Macon Film Festival, Macon (July 20-23, 2017)

Macon Film Festival, Facebook
Macon Film Festival, Facebook

The film festival organization hosts events throughout the year but their annual summertime festival is a four-day event that’s not to be missed. There are workshops, screenings, and a number of special events throughout the run of the festival.

BronzeLens Film Festival, Atlanta (Aug. 16-20, 2017)

Now in its eighth year, the BronzeLens Film Festival showcases films that are by, for and/or depicting people of color, and it provides networking opportunities, workshops and classes about the art and business of filmmaking. In 2017, festival producers announced that it is a qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Short Film Awards category. The short film that receives the BronzeLens Best Short Award will be eligible to enter the Academy's Short Subject competition.

Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Atlanta (Aug. 18-20, 2017)

Prefer your films far from mainstream? The movies shown at this festival are independent features in a nontraditional setting where filmmakers and the audience can easily connect.

Atlanta Docufest, Atlanta (Sept. 8-10, 2017)

This festival welcomes independent documentaries to the screen at Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre. There is no doubt that many of the films’ subject matter will leave you thinking about the issues they raise in new ways.

Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Atlanta (Oct. 20-22, 2017)

Atlanta Horror Film Festival
Atlanta Horror Film Festival

They’re spooky and they’re creepy and they’re coming to a screen near you. Bring a big dose of courage when you get your tickets.

Savannah Film Festival, Savannah (Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2017)

The Savannah College of Art and Design presents the annual festival of films by award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. Each year, more than 50,000 people attend the festival. Now in its 20th year, the Savannah Film Festival fills its eight-day schedule with a variety of competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels and lectures.

Kingdomwood International Film Festival, Atlanta (October 2017 dates TBA)

Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival (KCFF) provides a forum for independent filmmakers to screen full features, shorts and documentaries that promote and inspire Christian teaching and values. KCFF showcases faith-based films and filmmakers, and offers workshops and symposiums on industry trends in faith-based film-making and production. 

Rome International Film Festival, Rome (Nov. 9-12, 2017)

Rome's historic DeSoto Theatre is the home to northwest Georgia's signature film festival. Founded in 2003, this four-day festival features independent films from around the world.

Out on Film, Atlanta (2017 dates TBA)

One of the oldest LGBT film festivals in the country, Atlanta's Out on Film is dedicated to supporting the exhibition of LGBT film and video art forms. The festival was created in 1987 to inform, entertain, educate and enrich the regional LGBT community by recognizing the creative work of these artists and professionals, many with local connections. The 2016 festival included eight days of screenings at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, question and answer sessions, and networking opportunities.

Georgia Latino Film Festival, Atlanta (2017 dates TBA)

Held during Hispanic Heritage Month, the Georgia Latino Film Festival celebrates the work of Latino filmmakers, writers and directors. With premieres, classes, panels, exclusive parties and awards, the festival encourages attendees to engage with filmmakers and each other. Screenings feature independent, international, animated, documentary and short films from all over the world.

Atlanta Asian Film Festival, Atlanta (2017 dates TBA)

The largest festival of its kind in the Southeast, the Atlanta Asian Film Festival aims to educate the Atlanta community about the rich diversity of Asian Pacific culture through films and movies. Films are shown at venues throughout Metro Atlanta with a gala premiere at the Plaza Theater.

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.