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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.

Cinema Italy Atlanta, Atlanta (postponed until June or July, 2020) - 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.

Atlanta Film Festival (new dates: September 17 – 27, 2020) - Now in its fourth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival — one of only two dozen Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the United States — is the area's preeminent celebration of cinema. The Atlanta Film Festival is one of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country, welcoming an audience of more than 25,000 to discover 150-plus new independent, international, animated, documentary and short films selected from 1,800-plus submissions from all over the world.

The ME Film Festival, Milledgeville (new dates: November 2 - 8, 2020) - 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.

American Youth Film Festival, Atlanta (June 25 - 28, 2020) - The American Youth Festival Group (AYFG) launched its film festival division, The American Youth Film Festival (AYFF) in 2015 at the Columbus State University Center for International Education. Entries 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.

RKDS Film Fest, Valdosta (July 10 -12, 2020) - 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.

Atlanta Shortsfest (July 16 - 18, 2020) - 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. The event is held at Atlanta's Synchronicity Theater.

Atlanta Underground Film Festival (August 13 - 15, 2020) - 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.

Macon Film Festival, Macon (August 13 - 16, 2020) - 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.

Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival, Atlanta (September 3 - 7, 2020) - 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.

Atlanta Horror Film Festival (September 10 - 12, 2020) - 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.

Out On Film, Atlanta (September 24 - October 4, 2020) - 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 (October 2 - 5, 2020) - 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.

Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, Atlanta (October 15 - 18, 2020) - 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.

Savannah Film Festival, Savannah (October 24 - 31, 2020) - 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.

Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (Atlanta DocuFest), Atlanta (November 5 - 7, 2020) - 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.

Rome International Film Festival, Rome (Nov. 12 - 15, 2020) - 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.

48 Hour Film Project Screenings, Atlanta (2020 dates TBA) – Each year teams of filmmakers from the Atlanta area compete to make the best short film in only 48 hours. Everything from writing to editing to adding music must occur in a 48-hour window. Teams draw a genre for their movie 15 minutes before the start of the competition, and are given a character, prop and line of dialogue that must appear in the film. The films screen in two groups per night at Landmark Theaters Midtown Art Cinema. Winners from 48 Hour Film Projects in other cities compete for the Best Film and a $5,000 prize.

Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, Atlanta (2020 dates TBA) - An annual staple at Atlanta's fabulous Fox Theater, the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival offers a chance for patrons to enjoy classic and recently released films in the air-conditioned splendor of the historic locale. Most begin with musical performances on Mighty Mo, the Fox's historic organ.

BronzeLens Film Festival Atlanta (2020 dates TBA) - 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.

Georgia Film Festival, Gainesville (2020 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.

Black Film Fest ATL (2020 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.

Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival, Atlanta (2020 dates TBA) - 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. The festival will also include panel discussions.

Atlanta Asian Film Festival, Atlanta (2020 dates TBA) - 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 with a gala premiere at the Plaza Theater.

Covey Film Festival, Thomasville (2020 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.

Peachtree Village International Film Festival, Atlanta (2020 dates TBA) - Hosted By The African American Cinema Gallery (AACG) & Gipp. Museums, Inc., PVIFF attracts 3,000+ people each year from around the world. 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 Hotel Indigo in downtown Atlanta (230 Peachtree St.) is the host hotel for the event.

Atlanta Greek Film Expo, Atlanta (2020 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.

Fall Line Jam, Sparta (2020 dates TBA) – The Fall Line Jam encompasses a garden tour, farm-to-table food, films from or about the South, and music. “Fall Line Jam is a three-day festival celebrating film, music, food, and culture on Georgia’s fall line. While the fall line divides the state, Fall Line Jam unites us. Our mission is to bring together rural & urban, old & new, now & next.”

Buried Alive Film Festival, Atlanta (2020 dates TBA) - 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.

Animal Voices Film Festival, Athens (2021 dates TBA) - From whales to dogs, from rhinos to eagles, the 15th annual Animal Voices Film Festival explores the lives of amazing species who share the planet and the inspiring efforts of dedicated people to protect them! The festival features four weeks of award-winning films, special guest speakers, and vegan snacks.Screenings are held every Monday in February at the University of Georgia Miller Learning Center (room 350) at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta (2021 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 (2021 dates TBA) - The inaugural 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).

Ogeechee International History Film Festival (OIHFF), Statesboro (2021 dates TBA) - The Ogeechee International History Film Festival promotes and celebrates history presented through motion picture. Now in its fourth year, it is the only open submission, juried, international cinema program of its kind. The festival is sponsored by the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Georgia Southern University Department of History, the Georgia Humanities Council, and the Georgia Southern University Departments of Political Science and International Studies, Communication Arts, Foreign Languages, Film Club, and the History Club.

SCAD aTVfest, Atlanta (2021 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.

South Georgia Film Festival, Valdosta (2021 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.