Industry News: 40th Anniversary Atlanta Film Festival

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The 40th Annual Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) has announced the full lineup of film, educational and special programming and events that will take place from April 1 – 10, 2016.

Of the nearly 5,000 film submissions for the 2016 festival, the final lineup includes 51 feature length films and 100 short films representing 37 countries. The ten-day event will be highlighted with Opening and Closing Night presentations and galas, eight Marquee screenings events, 37 Creative Conference events and over a dozen unique Special Presentations and events.

Scheduled talent appearances, including director Rob Burnett (The Fundamentals of Caring), actors Tyler Hoechlin, Blake Jenner and Ryan Guzman (Everybody Wants Some!!), director Chad Hartigan (Morris from America) and actor Wendell Pierce (HBO’s Confirmation), will also take place throughout the festival.

From more than two dozen films with production or filmmaker ties to Georgia to anniversary-themed editions of beloved annual ATLFF events such as “Food On Film,” the 2016 fest will celebrate more than four decades of film and educational programming in the state of Georgia.

The Atlanta Film Festival is the annual centerpiece of educational and enriching film programing that is atlanta film festival2provided year-round by parent organization, the Atlanta Film Society.

Christopher Escobar, ATLFF Executive Director said, “We’re working harder than ever to hold our festival in places unique to Atlanta. In everything from retro film presentations to special homecoming guests and original branding, we’re paying homage to the last four decades. And like our founders set out to be in 1976, we’re especially committed to creating an opportunity for independent voices to be heard and celebrated.”

For more information about the Atlanta Film Festival and full schedule of film screenings and events, visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com. Passes for the festival are available for purchase now on the website. Individual screening tickets are now on sale.

I've reviewed films for more than 20 years. Current movie reviews of new theatrical releases and direct-to-video or streaming films are added weekly to the Silver Screen Capture movie news site. Many capsule critiques originally appeared in expanded form in my syndicated Lights Camera Reaction column.

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