Every spring, the Atlanta Film Festival is held in Atlanta, featuring a wide range of independent films in various genres. It is An Academy Award-qualifying event with international programs gathering over 8,000 submissions from all over the world. The festival is known for its Pink Peach prize for the best LGBT feature and short film. New Mavericks shorts program offers movies by female filmmakers. The festival draws about 30,000 visitors every year.
The Atlanta Film Festival was founded in 1976. Over the years, it has taken place at such iconic venues as the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema and the 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points. It's a great platform to meet celebrity directors and industry professionals like Robert Rodriguez, Josh Brolin, Eddie Vedder, Michael Ealy, Jasmine Guy, Gary Anthony Williams, Pauley Chris Moore, Howard Zinn, Jeff Foxworthy, Pauley Perrette, Tichina Arnold, Carlos Cuarón, and others.
The festival also features an outdoor program SOUND + VISION with music, live performances, videos, and art installations. It really brings Atlanta's hottest bands, daring experimental films, food trucks and music videos to the streets so that thousands can enjoy it.
ATLFF's educational programming track runs the five-day Creative Conference that hosts roughly 40 panels, talks and demos digging deeper in the world of cinema with a focus on screenwriting, producing, acting, casting, and distribution and their mix in a creation of a film.