Calling all film-lovers, filmmakers, and industry professionals! The Atlanta Film Festival is going on right now through Sunday, April 6th, and you definitely want to get down there.
Let's start with some trivia: did you know that there are only two-dozen Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the U.S.... and our very own Atlanta Film Festival is one of them??
That means Atlanta attracts the best of the best from around the globe. This isn't one of those festivals where you'll stuck in a theater trying to figure out how to slit your wrists with the perforated edge of the ticket stub.
One of the largest and longest-running festival in the country, the AFF attracts more than 25,000 people annually to celebrate hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films, selected from 3,000+ submissions from all over the world.
Peep the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival trailer below to sample what awaits you:
This is my first year attending the AFF and I'm loving it so far. I've attended four films at this point, and my intention is to learn from them: shooting style, story development, and pace, in particular.
Since several of the screenings also had the filmmaker(s) present, there were opportunities to learn more about making the film, the process of writing and production, that really deepened your experience of the film. I still don't know how filmmaker Vincenzo Cosentino shot the film Handy by himself while also performing as the dismembered hand moving (skateboarding, having sex, getting a job) around throughout the film.
Many of the screenings take place in venues in the Little Five Points/Poncey-Highlands areas, such as 7 Stages Theatre and the Plaza Theater. Here's the Plaza pictured below from the AFF Instagram page.
Two fun facts about the Plaza: it's Atlanta's oldest cinema, and it's got to be the only place in the city where you can regularly watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show several times a week.
So yes, I highly recommend you checking the AFF website for scoop on tickets and movie/events lineup. This year's festival is a firecracker so far; don't want to miss it.