Screening Schedule Announced for 2020 Atlanta Film Festival and Creative Conference Drive-In3 min read

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WarnerMedia’s Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference (ATLFF) has announced their selection of screenings that will be played at this year’s event, happening Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 27, 2020.

With over 8500 submissions, 148 were selected to be screened at this year’s festival which is being held as a series of drive-in screenings to protect attendees during the pandemic. In addition to the screenings, ATLFF will host virtual screenings and educational events throughout the 11-day festival.

Breakdown of films to be screened at drive-ins

  • 15 narrative films
  • 10 documentary features
  • 12 short film and creative media blocks

Standout films that will be screened include:

  • THE OUTSIDE STORY, a comedy starring Brian Tyree Henry and Sonequa Martin-Green
  • IN THE COLD DARK NIGHT, a true-crime documentary feature set in Griffin, Georgia from filmmakers behind AMANDA KNOX and THE TED BUNDY TAPES
  • FANDANGO AT THE WALL, a documentary feature executive produced by Carlos Santana, Quincy Jones, and Andrew Young

Animated, Narrative and Documentary shorts

ATLFF is an Academy Award®-qualifying film festival in the Animated, Narrative and Documentary short categories, so you can expect an amazing display of talent and fierce competition.

Notable shorts

  • STUCCO, directed by Janina Gavankar and Russo Schelling in the “Late Night, Great Night” block
  • WHITE ECHO, directed by Chloe Sevigny in the “Outta This World” block; and NIMIC from director Yorgos Lanthimos in the “Eat the Rich” block


ATLFF’s New Mavericks, ¡CineMás!, Noire, and Pink Peach will have screenings celebrating women, Latinx, Black and LGBTQ filmmakers and stories respectively. Nearly half of the selections were directed by people of color, and roughly 20% of the selections have ties to Georgia.

Drive-In Format

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it was announced earlier in the year that this year’s Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference would switch from screening the selections in theaters to drive-in screenings where attendees are outside and socially-distanced.

In addition to the drive-in screenings, all screenings will also be offered in a virtual event setting. 36 screenings will be held at drive-ins and 127 works will play virtually. Marquee screenings will also join the lineup and will be announced at a later date.

10th anniversary Creative Conference

Soon, the schedule for the 10th anniversary Creative Conference virtual schedule should be announced. This series will include over 20 education events, and is a key part of ATLFF’s programming.

Like the screenings, this year’s Creative Conference will shift formats to virtual events, with a focus on Masterclass conversations and panels featuring accomplished directors, showrunners, producers, writers, actors, production designers, editors and more.

2020 Creative Conference Educational Topics

  • Virtual pitching
  • Development
  • Creating family friendly content
  • Marketing
  • Digital branding
  • Podcasting
  • Sales and distribution

The experts for the educational events have credits including “The Walking Dead”, “Greenleaf”, “All American”, “Lovecraft Country”, and “Little Miss Sunshine,” so you won’t want to miss the classes.

Drive-In Screening Locations

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Photo courtesy: Atlanta Film Festival

Originally, it was announced that the drive-in screenings would be held at The Plaza Theatre and Dad’s Garage, but now Pullman Yard has joined the event and is the third location offering showings.

The Plaza Theatre

1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Dad’s Garage

569 Ezzard St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Pullman Yard

225 Rogers St NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

ATLFF 2020 Schedule and Ticket Information

View the 2020 ATLFF Screening Schedule or download the Atlanta Film Festival app for iOS or Android.

ATLFF badges are now on sale on the festival’s website. Ticketing access is now open to badge holders. Individual ticket sales will open next week. Unlimited access to virtual screenings and events is available as well.

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