11 More Must-Do Film Festivals in Georgia

April 13, 2016

The Atlanta Film Festival has come to a close, but fear not, movie-lovers! Georgia has plenty more where that came from. Here, we bring you 11 more fabulous festivals for 2016 (in the order they’ll occur) featuring some of the best independent content from around the world, right here in the good old Peach State. Just grab your ticket and pass the popcorn.

 

 

 

1. ANIMATION ATTACK!

 

When: May 21, 2016

 

Where: Downtown Players Club

98 Broad Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

 

What: 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of Atlanta’s only film festival exclusively celebrating the art of animation, with some of the world’s most talented animators. This unique 12-hour festival brings together over 100 different animated shorts and features from around the globe, including stop-motion, computer, experimental and traditional styles of animation.

 

www.animationattack.org

2. ATLANTA SHORTSFEST

 

When: July 15-16, 2016

 

Where: Synchronicity Theatre

1545 Peachtree Street NE #102, Atlanta, GA 30309

 

What: Traditionally, short films don’t garner the attention they deserve on the festival circuit. Atlanta Shortsfest is here to change that, by spotlighting excellent short films and providing a platform to share and discuss the work with audiences and a diverse group of filmmakers from all over the world.

 

www.atlantashortsfest.com

 

 

 

3. MACON FILM FESTIVAL

 

When: July 21-24, 2016

 

Where: Downtown Macon, GA

 

What: Surrounded by musical history and the richness of southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while showcasing the city of Macon. Screenings will take place in several different historic theatres dotted around the downtown district, along with celebrity guests, special screenings, and a variety of free workshops throughout the weekend.

 

www.maconfilmfestival.com

 

 

 

4. ATLANTA UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

 

When: August 19-20, 2016

 

Where: Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

88 Forsyth Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

 

What: Since 2004, the Atlanta Underground Film Festival has served as a forum for independent filmmakers, allowing these artists to thrive outside the mainstream arena with independent films, live music, art, and mingling opportunities at the hip downtown art space, Eyedrum.

 

www.auff.org

 

 

 

5. BRONZELENS FILM FESTIVAL

 

When: August 25-28, 2016

 

Where: Atlanta, GA (various venues)

 

What: Founded in 2009, this nonprofit festival brings national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a multicultural production hub for filmmakers of color. Meet a whole new generation of talent from around the world, showcasing their independent films alongside informative panels and Master Classes taught by industry heavy hitters.

 

www.bronzelens.com

 

 

 

 

6. ROME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

When: September 15-18, 2016

 

Where: Downtown Rome, Georgia

 

What: As Northwest Georgia’s signature film event since 2003, RIFF features dozens of independent films from around the world, along with industry workshops and an annual make-up artist competition. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “top 20 festivals worth the submission fee,” this unique festival uses Rome’s historic DeSoto Theatre, built in 1929, as its central venue.

 

www.romeinternationalfilmfestival.com

 

 

 

7. ATLANTA DOCUFEST

 

When: September 15-17, 2016

 

Where: TBA

 

What: Documentary lovers should not miss the 11th Annual Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival. Here, you’ll find the best in independent documentary film and video from across the globe, showcasing meaningful life stories to educate and entertain audiences of every demographic.

 

www.docufest.com

 

 

 

​8. OUT ON FILM

 

When: September 29 – October 6, 2016

 

Where: Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

931 Monroe Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

 

What: One of the oldest LGBT film festivals in the country, since 1987. An 8-day cinematic journey of our lives, our culture and our identity.

 

www.outonfilm.org

 

 

 

9. ATLANTA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

 

When: October 7-22, 2016

 

Where: Plaza Theatre

1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

 

What: A non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Atlanta community about the rich diversity of Asian Pacific culture through award-winning films and movies. This festival brings to the forefront the often hidden history and social issues for Asian Americans living in the Southeast.

 

www.atlaff.org

 

 

 

10. ATLANTA HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

 

When: October 13-15, 2016

 

Where: Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

88 Forsyth Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

 

What: Atlanta’s top horror festival, featuring every genre of horror film, from sci-fi to slasher flicks, short films and feature lengths, from near and far. To celebrate a decade in existence, the 2016 festival will feature a huge party for everyone involved.

 

www.atlantahorrorfilmfest.com

 

 

​11. SAVANNAH FILM FESTIVAL

 

When: October 22-29, 2016

 

Where: Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

342 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31402

 

What: An annual film festival in beautiful Savannah, presented by SCAD and featuring a wide variety of films from both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. Drawing crowds of 40,000 daily, this eight-day extravaganza also features workshops, panels and lectures.

 

www.filmfest.scad.edu

 

 

 

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