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Intimate & Awesome: 8 Film Festivals Worth the Trip

From independent films to documentaries, these Georgia festivals specialize in spectacular cinema.

  • Macon Film Festival

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It's no surprise that with a flourishing film and entertainment industry, Georgia is home to some pretty amazing film festivals. Whether your taste runs from independent films to documentaries to the environmentally conscious, Georgia's film festival scene has the right pick for you. Check out these eight intimate festivals that occur outside of the Atlanta area and are 100% worth the trip.

  • Gray's Reef Film Festival, Feb. 2-5, 2017

    Hosted in Savannah, the 14th annual Gray's Reef Film Festival features two full nights of 3D films that showcase the hidden gems within the Earth’s vast oceans and inspires ocean stewardship and conservation. Festival events include 3D film explorations of the underwater world, key films highlighted at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, an awards ceremony for emerging filmmakers and a celebratory wrap party.

  • Athens Jewish Film Festival, March 18-21, 2017

    The Athens Jewish Film Festival brings quality Jewish films to Athens, Ga., including a variety of feature films, shorts and documentaries. This four-day event encourages the review, discussion and celebration of films of Jewish interest through a short film competition, conversation with visiting filmmakers and academics, as well as an Opening Night Celebration and a Closing Night Event. 

  • Milledgeville Film Festival, April 26-30

    Hosted in the heart of Downtown Milledgeville, this film fest is branded as a Southern Gothic-themed film event, created by filmmakers for filmmakers. Events include film screenings, an outdoor midnight horror film viewing, a red carpet awards show and a Sunday filmmaker’s brunch.

  • Wild & Scenic Film Festival, May 13, 2017

    The Wild & Scenic Film Festival features environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing the planet and the work communities around the world are doing to protect the environment. Hosted by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and sponsored by Brenau University, the one-day festival in Gainesville inspires appreciation of Earth’s natural treasures while educating the public on how to take action in preserving these precious gems. 
  • Big River Film Festival, July 2017

    Hosting its debut year in 2016, the Big River Film Festival is an international film festival for filmmakers by filmmakers. Savannah is home to a thriving filmmaking community and was recently rated the “No. 1 small city to live and work as a filmmaker in 2016,” according to Movie Maker Magazine. The festival’s lineup includes screenings of more than 100 dramatic and documentary feature films, short films and special events. 

  • Macon Film Festival, July 20-23

    Surrounded by a rich musical and Southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films from around the world in multiple historic theaters in the city's downtown district. The festival features film screenings, celebrity guests, special screenings and workshops throughout the four-day festival.

  • Covey Film Festival, October 2017

    Founded by Jane Fonda and Thomasville community leaders, the Covey Film Festival honors children and families as a benefit to the Thomasville Community Resource Center. The festival schedule includes films, workshops and an opening night gala.

  • Rome International Film Festival, Nov. 9-12, 2017

    Since its inception, Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) has prided itself on providing filmmakers with a truly unique, sophisticated and welcoming experience, featuring two full days of screenings, parties and professional networking, and development opportunities. Emerging as a favorite among regional audiences, RIFF was selected as one of “20 film festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine.