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Georgia Film Festivals

Across the state, Georgia offers a variety of film festivals showing independent films, shorts, documentaries, and a bunch of other movies you won't find at your local megaplex.

Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (Atlanta DocuFest), Atlanta (July 24 - 25, 2021) - The annual Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (Atlanta DocuFest) brings you the best in independent documentary film and video from across the globe, and showcases meaningful life stories which educate and entertain audiences of every demographic.

Cobb International Film Fest, Marietta (August 5 - 8, 2021) - Held annually at Marietta's Strand Theatre, the Cobb International Film Fest "is a meeting place for filmmakers and people who are interested in the world in all its variety and  different approaches to life. The festival offers filmmakers a platform to introduce their work and discuss topics shown in the film as well as the filmmaking process to encourage and create dialogue between people." The four-day festival includes features, shorts, and documentaries from all over the world, culminating in a closing awards program.

BronzeLens Film Festival Atlanta (August 17 - 22, 2021) - The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia, is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 that is dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. In fact, the mission of the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta is twofold: to promote Atlanta as the new film mecca for people of color and to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers.

Macon Film Festival, Macon (August 19 - 22, 2021) - Surrounded by a rich musical and Southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration education and economic development. The Macon Film Festival screens 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.

Atlanta Shortsfest (August 21 - 22, 2021) - Atlanta Shortsfest showcases a diverse mix of short films (under 45 minutes) by filmmakers from across the globe in a wide range of genres. The festival was established to spotlight and promote excellent short films, and provide an important platform to share work with appreciative audiences and fellow filmmakers.

Atlanta Underground Film Festival (September 17 - 19, 2021) - Since 2004, the Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) has served as a forum where filmmakers thrive outside the mainstream arena. Creative artists who continuously break the boundaries of film and video are exposed and promoted through the festival, so they too have a voice in a market typically saturated with commercial entertainment designed to satisfy the audience's expectations.

Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival, Atlanta (September 23 - 25, 2021) - Morehouse College's Human Rights Film Festival features screenings of feature films, documentaries and short films in competition. The goal of the festival is threefold: to educate and expand awareness of social justice issues, both nationally and worldwide; to generate conversation and dialogue around civil and human rights, justice and injustice, as well as to inspire innovative and creative new approaches to social change.

Atlanta Asian Film Festival, Atlanta (October 1 - 16, 2021) - The largest festival of its kind in the Southeast, the Atlanta Asian Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Atlanta community about the rich diversity of Asian Pacific culture through films and movies. Films are shown at venues throughout Metro Atlanta including Georgia State University.

Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, Atlanta (October 11 - 21, 2021) - Founded in November 2001, Urban Mediamakers' mission is to promote and support a diverse independent media arts community in the Southeast and worldwide. The group's annual signature event is the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF), showcasing international independent films. The Urban Mediamakers Association is a not-for-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) consortium of young talent and professionals in animation, film, gaming, music, new media, print and television.

Atlanta Horror Film Festival (October 15 - 17, 2021) - The annual Atlanta Horror Film Festival celebrates the art of horror by presenting the best independent films in the genre from across the world. Since 2006, the festival has been a favorite of filmmakers and fans from Atlanta and beyond. AHFF showcases horror, sci-fi, gore, thrillers, mysteries, dark comedies, expERIEmentals, drama, animations, cult — and more.

Savannah Film Festival, Savannah (October 23 - 30, 2021) - The Savannah College of Art and Design presents the annual festival, filled with cinematic creativity from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. Each year, more than 40,000 people attend the eight-day Savannah Film Festival. The festival is host to a wide variety of competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels and lectures. The festival will be all virtual for 2020.

The ME Film Festival, Milledgeville (October 25 - 31, 2021) - The ME Film Festival (Milledgeville-Eatonton) is an international industry initiative founded in 2013 as the Milledgeville Film Festival. The six-day event is branded as a Southern Gothic-themed film event, created by filmmakers for filmmakers. Women’s Impact in Filmmaking and New Media are two main focuses of interest for this internationally-flavored line up. Events include screenings in an outdoor viewing on the grounds of the abandoned Central State Hospital, featuring midnight horror films, a red carpet awards show with a Golden Globes style dinner, and a Sunday filmmaker’s brunch at Lockerly Arboretum. 

Rome International Film Festival, Rome (November 11 - 14, 2021) - Since its inception, 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, the festival has garnered strong support from local businesses and eager film lovers from the surrounding community. It was selected as one of “20 film festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine.

Buried Alive Film Festival, Atlanta (postponed until November, 2021) - The Buried Alive Film Fest comes from the same group of twisted minds and horror film buffs that produce the Atlanta Horror Fest. The festival strives to promote true underground filmmaking in the Southeast and beyond, while providing the Atlanta area with the best independent horror it can offer.

Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival (returning in 2021) - This boutique-style film festival provides screens for independent science fiction films. Short films are selected from all over the world to compete for the Audience Choice Award for Best Sci-fi Short Film.

Cinema Italy Atlanta, Atlanta (postponed - new dates TBA) - Cinema Italy Atlanta returns for its fourteenth consecutive year with an expanded program. From Thursday to Sunday films screen every day at 7:30 pm with an additional film on Saturday at 4:30 pm and one on Sunday at 3:30 pm. The prestigious Plaza Theater in Atlanta will once again serve as backdrop to the Italian Film Festival, which promotes Italian culture through cinema.

Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival, Atlanta (2020 canceled; 2021 dates TBA) - What is the Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival? It is a combination of short and feature independent film screenings, panels, celebrity guests, discussions, concerts, contests and seminars. All that combined with the 35,000-plus Dragon*Con attendees creates an extraordinary film event.

Georgia Film Festival, Gainesville (2021 dates TBA) - Hosted by the Communication, Media and Journalism department at the University of North Georgia, the Georgia Film Festival features more than 60 films from independent filmmakers, and high school and college students from Georgia or an adjoining state. The two-day event takes place in the Continuing Education and Performing Arts building on UNG's Gainesville Campus.

Covey Film Festival, Thomasville (2021 dates TBA) - The Covey Film Festival is a vehicle to entertain, educate and engage audiences through the screening of over twenty acclaimed films—in addition to special events and pop-ups. The Festival is also the signature fundraising event for the Thomasville Community Resource Center which for twenty years has provided services to children, their families, and the community.

Black Film Fest ATL (2021 dates TBA) - Conceived as a conduit for feature films of multicultural diaspora, the BFFA provides a creative environment where minority filmmakers can showcase their latest creations to diverse audiences in hopes of attracting reputable producers, sales agents, aggregators, and acquisition executives. Events include an opening day mixer, a pitch showcase, an actor’s spotlight panel, and a film competition.

Atlanta Greek Film Expo, Atlanta (2021 dates TBA) - The Atlanta Greek Film Expo has become an annual tradition, bringing Atlanta the best of current and retrospective films from Greek and Cypriot filmmakers. The 6th annual Expo features 4 award-winning films (all with English subtitles). All films screen at the Regal Tara Cinemas 4 on Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta.

Out On Film, Atlanta (2021 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. A nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, Out on Film 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. Out on Film's popularity is accomplished in part by offering multiracial and multicultural films, and over the years it has been recognized locally, nationally and globally for showcasing films by, for and about the LGBT community.

Kingdomwood International Film Festival, Atlanta (2021 dates TBA) - Kingdomwood International Film Festival (KIFF) provides a forum for independent filmmakers to screen films that promote and inspire Christian teaching and values. KIFF screens full features, shorts, and documentaries, and offers workshops and symposiums that offer insight and analysis of industry trends in faith-based film-making and production. KIFF showcases faith-based films, filmmakers, and the making of films that promote spiritual growth and mentorship.

Peachtree Village International Film Festival, Atlanta (2021 dates TBA) - PVIFF was created In 2006 as the Sweet Auburn International Film Festival and has served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and artists. This dynamic international film festival showcases feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. The event will be entirely virtual for 2020.

RKDS Film Fest, Valdosta (2021 dates TBA) - The RKDS Film Fest is an international film festival created to highlight the film industry in Valdosta and South Georgia and features films from all over the world alongside major celebrities. The 2020 RKDS FILM FEST's main event will be the World Premiere Showing of the feature film titled, REKINDLING, a movie filmed in Valdosta about a Vietnam Veteran suffering from PTSD who reunites with his grandson under extreme circumstances as they try to rekindle the bond they once shared.

SCAD aTVfest, Atlanta (2022 dates TBA) - SCAD's aTVfest is an international festival that brings together professionals from all spheres of TV and media content production to discuss industry trends, showcase the best work in the field, and participate in master classes with students.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta (2022 dates TBA) - The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) is a multi-week cinematic exploration of Jewish life, culture and history. Seeking to use the power of film to both entertain and educate, AJFF challenges conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing both the Jewish and global communities. In 2015, a record-breaking 38,600+ moviegoers attended the AJFF, cementing its status as the highest attended Jewish film fest on the planet.

Broad Street Film Festival, Sugar Hill (2022 dates TBA) - The 2nd annual Broad Street Film Festival is designed to be a gathering of storytellers and audiences seeking new adventures, experiences and perspectives. The program will include different genres of short films such as comedies and documentaries as well as a college and high school submissions. Other events will include conversations with filmmakers, panel discussions, Q&As, Keynote speakers and live music events. Two new state of the art facilities will host events: The Eagle Theatre (films) and The E-Center (workshops, educational sessions).

South Georgia Film Festival, Valdosta (2022 dates TBA) - The South Georgia Film Festival showcases the art and industry of filmmaking across the region. It includes feature films and shorts, with a broad educational component featuring panels and Q&A’s of visiting filmmakers. These include PBS directors, professionals from Hollywood and Atlanta, and independent filmmakers. Projects from college and high school filmmakers are also included, as they  compete for potential scholarships to Valdosta State University. Much of the fifth annual South Georgia Film Festival will be virtually available through Eventive.

Atlanta Film Festival (2022 dates TBA) - The Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference (ATLFF) traditionally takes place each spring with in-person events and screenings. Due to the ongoing pandemic, ATLFF 2021 was presented via a mix of drive-in, virtual and socially distanced in-person screenings.

American Youth Film Festival, Atlanta (2022 dates TBA) - Held annually at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta,  entries for the AYFF are open to students in three categories: Middle School, High School, or College. Judging categories include animation, comedy, commercials, documentaries, feature films, music videos, public service announcements, science fiction, or short films. The festival includes screenings, panel discussions and workshops for young people.