Atlanta’s 2020 Film Festival Will be a Drive-In & Virtual Format4 min read

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In an announcement this week by The Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference (ATLFF), we learned that the 2020 film festival format will shift to drive-in screenings and virtual education events.

The event runs from Thursday, Sept 17th through Sunday, Sept 27th of this year.

A new look for the Atlanta Film Festival

Typically, the Atlanta Film Festival and Creative Conference’s screenings and educational events take place in-person during the Spring, but was postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s festival will feature work from over 150 filmmakers and will give extend its reach beyond Atlanta. Movie fans will have access to screenings digitally and will have access to over 20 events planned for the virtual creative conference.

“The Atlanta Film Festival’s commitment to providing a platform for filmmakers from around the world to showcase their work spans more than four decades. Providing a spotlight on talented and often under-represented filmmakers, as well as enriching educational experiences, during the annual event remains a pillar of our organization’s mission,” said Christopher Escobar, Executive Director of ATLFF. “However, as 2020 has shown us, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our filmmakers, attendees, staff, and volunteers. When presented with the opportunity to pivot to a virtual format with select drive-in screenings, it became obvious that this adjustment was the only way to achieve our goals this year.”

Most of the drive-in screenings will take place at Dad’s Garage and The Plaza Theatre, with other venues possibly being announced soon. Social distancing and health protocols will be enforced to ensure a safe experience.

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In addition to the drive-ins, ATLFF will offer films and other selected works in a digital format for the first time, allowing people across the country to see the screenings. Eventive is hosting the virtual screenings.

With 8500+ submissions announced for this year’s event, it’s a record-breaking year. ATLFF selected 148 works to be featured including a mix of documentary feature-length films, short films, and other creative media, with some being planned as world premieres.

Although ATLFF plans of sticking with the current lineup, the schedule is subject to change.

The 10th annual Creative Conference, a five-day series of educational events, remains a key part of ATLFF’s programming and will take place virtually. The festival will again host some of the top professionals in the entertainment industry to share their latest ideas, innovations, and observations.

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The 10th Annual Creative Conference

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Photo courtesy: Atlanta Film Festival

This 5-day series of educational events is a staple of ATLFF’s programming and is all moving ahead as a virtual event.

Professionals across the entertainment industry will come together to share their knowledge, tips, innovations, and to discuss the current climate of the industry.

“In the last decade, ATLFF’s attendance has more than tripled to approximately 30,000 attendees over the 11-day festival. This growth is undeniably due to the talent we are honored to showcase through film, the outstanding filmmaking community that comes together to present resourceful educational workshops and, of course, the unwavering support of passionate Atlantans,” ATLFF Programming Director Alyssa Armand stated. “While we will miss seeing many attendees in-person this year, we are immensely proud and excited to present the same quality of film and events to a virtual audience in our beloved city and across the country.”

“Attending” the Atlanta Film Festival

While ticket sales haven’t started, we do have the pricing for the different offerings.

  • Drive-in screenings: $15-$50 per car, based on the number of guests in the vehicle
  • Virtual screenings: $9.99 per screening or $50 for unlimited screenings
  • Creative Conference Events: $9.99 per event or $50 for unlimited events
  • Unlimited Virtual screenings AND unlimited Events: $75 for unlimited access to both

Atlanta Film Festival Updates

Programming announcements and additions are expected to happen as we get closer to the event. To get the latest news, be sure to visit Atlanta Film Festival’s site and follow them on social media:

We’ll also try to update this post with any new information we find, so be sure to check back often.

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