Atlanta Film Festival
Atlanta, Georgia / April 30-May 10, 2020 / atlantafilmfestival.com / A, S, V, P
With more than 8,000 submissions received, the Atlanta Film Festival is a heavy hitter in the Southeast. High-visibility distributors include Turner Films, Focus Features, Bleecker Street, Magnolia Pictures, Showtime, AMC Networks, Sundance TV, and HBO. Showtime recently picked up Weldon Wong Powers’ It’s A Party at the festival. With Georgia at the forefront of tax-incentive-friendly deals for filmmakers and a major center for filmmaking, there are industry events such as panels, workshops, masterclasses, seminars, and demos. At the most recent festival, half of the programming was directed by women, and 40 percent of programmed films were directed by people of color. Award-winning narrative, documentary, and Georgia-based films receive $1,000. A creative conference includes masterclasses, which have featured such people as Jason Reitman, Romany Malco, Chris Tucker, and Amber Nash. The Screenplay Competition and Screenwriter’s Retreat provides winners the chance to work with mentors on polishing scripts.