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When artists meet audiences in person, it's magic. Help us bring more filmmakers – and more magic – to Atlanta in 2014.

Our profound thanks to the more than 300 backers who helped us raise meet and exceed our goal. Thanks to you, we'll be able to bring more filmmakers to the festival in the Spring of 2014 to share the experience with you. 

If you missed the funding deadline and want to secure your Pass to the festival, head over to this page. Just want to support the festival? This page can help you do that.

We believe that strengthening the connection between an artist and an audience through direct interaction is one of the most important things a film festival can do. Filmmakers create the connections by making movies, but when we bring those filmmakers to theaters to meet moviegoers in person, magic happens. Become a backer of this project and you'll be responsible for some of that magic. With some of the great rewards we've cooked up, you'll get to experience it too. (Even if you don't live in Atlanta.)

If you're not familiar with the Atlanta Film Festival, it is the city's premier film event – 10 days in the Spring that showcase 200+ films and the people who make them. In addition to feature and short film screenings, the Festival includes parties, a 5-day Creative Conference, the highly popular Sound & Vision night of music and film, red carpet events, a screenplay competition, and more. At 38 years old, the Atlanta Film Festival is one of the longest-running and most prestigious film festivals in the world. The 2014 festival runs from March 28 - April 6. 

In days gone by, the festival was lucky enough to have the support of generous sponsors who donated flights and hotel rooms (or the money to buy them) so that we could bring filmmakers, actors, distributors, and other members of the industry to Atlanta to participate. While we still have the backing of some heroic organizations and individuals, support for travel has declined in the current economic climate. Because filmmaker participation is such an essential part of the festival experience, we want to make certain that this part of the budget returns to its former strength and continues to grow. 

A crowdfunding campaign like this one can help provide that budget while also creating a touchpoint between the festival and its fans. All funds collected as part of this campaign will be used to bring filmmakers & industry to Atlanta and show them the Southern hospitality of the city while they're here.

The experience of meeting an audience is powerful for a filmmaker, but it's just as important to the audience. If you're a movie lover, the opportunity to meet the people who make your new favorite films is one of the defining features of a film festival. Have you ever watched a movie and wished you could ask the filmmaker what they were thinking during a certain scene? Has a film ever made you so happy you wanted to shake the director's hand? That's what a film festival is all about.  

If you're also a filmmaker, a festival is one of your few opportunities to meet and connect with others in the industry from outside the city. The funds we raise will mostly go towards bringing more filmmakers to the festival. A smaller portion will be used to bring in key members of the industry to participate in the ATLFF Creative Conference and the festival as a whole, to help Atlanta filmmakers make new connections and build their careers.

Like every Kickstarter project, if we don't raise the entirety of our $13,000 goal we won't get a penny. This "all or nothing" aspect of Kickstarter ensures that we set a realistic dollar amount for our goal, and that we will work hard to convince backers that it's a goal worth supporting.  Please give as generously as you can and help us spread the word. Your card will not be charged unless we reach our goal.

You don't have to live in Atlanta to be a part of the festival! The Backers Jury will include everyone who contributes $25 or more and wants to participate. 

This group of people will have the opportunity to watch about 8-10 of the short films selected for the festival before the festival begins. The jury will then vote to pick a winner. Watching and voting will take place online, so you can participate from anywhere you have an internet connection. You can even watch in your pajamas -- we can't see you.

Once a winner is picked, we'll fly one of the creators of that film in for the festival and present them with a special "Filmmaker to Watch" award. We will also ask them to attend the Backers Mixer. See updates about the Backers Jury during the campaign for more details.

  • Every penny collected during this campaign will be used to bring filmmakers & other members of the film industry to Atlanta and to show them a good time while they're here.
  • This year we will return to the newly-renovated, historic Plaza Theatre as our main venue. We're exploring the use of other screening venues in the area, and we want to keep the festival as "walkable" as possible in Poncey-Highlands and the surrounding neighborhoods.
  • This year we received more film submissions than ever before (3000+ and counting) -- that means a bigger pool of choices for an even better festival.
  • The Atlanta Film Festival is an Academy Awards qualifying festival. The winners of our animated and narrative shorts jury awards may qualify to be on a short list for Oscar nomination. 
  • We will announce our first wave of programmed films during the course of this Kickstarter campaign.
  • MovieHopper Cards and festival Passes all provide all-you-can-watch access to the regular films at the festival. See the festival web site for more information on the exact level of access provided by each.
  • MovieHopper Cards and Passes also come with a membership to the Atlanta Film Festival, which means you'll get invitations to free advance screenings and other fun film events all year round.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and don't forget to spread the word.

Christopher Escobar, Executive Director
Charles Judson, Artistic Director

and the staff of the Atlanta Film Festival

(Photos and video courtesy Doobious.)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This is a pretty straightforward project -- if we raise the funds, we'll offer to bring in and accommodate people who we wouldn't have been able to bring to Atlanta otherwise. There's always the chance that someone we invite (like our Backers Award winner) won't be able to attend, which would be disappointing, but where possible we'll simply bring in someone else from that film or another film.

Where we have backer levels that involve physical rewards, there is the chance that they might not be delivered exactly when we intend based on external circumstances -- maybe the turkeys escape before they can be smoked, or the popcorn machine at the Plaza breaks on the day of the festival. In those cases, we'll make good on the deal as soon as we can, or come up with a suitable alternative.

All Passes and MovieHopper Cards purchased as part of a reward level may be picked up beginning March 28 at the Atlanta Film Festival.

FAQ

  • Just select the reward you want, then adjust your pledge amount to include the difference in price between a MovieHopper Card ($50) and the retail price of the Pass you want. Make sure to send us a message via KickStarter so we know exactly which Pass you want instead of the MovieHopper.

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  • Yes! The campaign ends on December 22nd, and immediately following (as quickly as we can, anyway) we'll deliver the necessary codes to register your pass at the festival with our ticketing system. You can either give the code itself to the recipient, or use it yourself to register in their name. (Use your own name in the ticketing system and register the recipient as the attendee when prompted.) For other perks, just send us a Kickstarter message to indicate that you'll be giving the reward as a gift to someone else. We will also ask for details like this in a survey after the campaign ends.

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  • Yes! The Passes & MovieHopper Cards available as part of our Kickstarter campaign have all the same privileges and perks as the ones for sale on the main festival web site. The extra rewards you don't see on the web site (like the Backers Jury) are available only as a part of the campaign. If anything seems unclear, just send us a Kickstarter message.

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  • Scroll to the top of the campaign page and click the tab marked "Updates." The backers-only tips are in update posts marked "For Backers Only." (Backers who visit those posts will only be able to see the title of those updates.) There will be more of these as the campaign progresses, and after the campaign we will continue to post backers-only crowdfunding tips there.

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  • Use the "Contact Me" link in the right hand sidebar (it should be in the light blue box). This is a busy time of year for the festival so it takes a while to get to all the email. Kickstarter messages are a better way to get our attention.

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    Every dollar counts! You'll get access to our backer updates, including a series of posts about the things we learn while running a Kickstarter campaign. We will also include your name on the backers thank-you page on our website.

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    Big thanks! Your name will be on the big screen at the festival during the pre-show slides as well as on our web site, plus you'll get access to the backer updates.

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    EARLY ADOPTER - Be one of the first people on the Backers Jury at the early bird price! The Backers Jury is a group of movie lovers who will (via internet) watch a selection of short films playing the festival and vote on a winner. We'll fly the winner (if available) to join us at the festival and give them a Backers Award! Plus: backer updates and your name in the festival pre-show slides and on the web site.

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    At this level you'll become a part of our Backers Jury, a group of movie lovers who will (via internet) watch a selection of short films playing the festival and vote on a winner. We'll fly the winner (if available) to join us at the festival and give them a Backers Award! Plus: backer updates and your name in the festival pre-show slides and on the web site.

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    Join us in April at the ATLFF 2014 Backers Mixer, where you'll get to meet some of the filmmakers we bring in with your contributions. (No other festival credentials required to attend.) Plus, we'll immortalize you on paper when we print your name on the backers thank-you page in the 2014 printed program guide! You'll also receive a MovieHopper Card to attend the festival, participate in the Backers Jury, backer updates, and your name on the thank-you page of the printed program guide and the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    Unlimited popcorn for one at the Plaza Theatre during the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, plus a MovieHopper Card to attend. Also: be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    TURKEY PLEASE! Backers at this level will receive one smoked turkey courtesy of our sponsor Epting Events and Harry's Pig Shop BBQ in Athens, GA. Also: 1 MovieHopper Card, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014. Smoked, refrigerated turkeys will be delivered to the place of your choosing within 15 miles of the ATLFF office in downtown Atlanta between December 21-23. Once you claim this reward, please contact us to discuss delivery details.

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    1 Film Badge to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival. Also: be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    ASK LINDA ANYTHING - Curious about getting your start in the industry, how to streamline your production, approach a distributor, finance your film, invest in a film, or budget, schedule, or market your film? This reward gets you 2 hours of free-form consultation time with one of Atlanta's hardest-working filmmakers, Linda Burns, by phone or in person in the Atlanta area. (Backer is responsible for travel expenses if necessary, and session may be rescheduled due to Linda's shooting obligations.) Also: 1 MovieHopper Card, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    PERFECT YOUR PITCH -Linda Burns produced 2 movies that premiered at Sundance, has 6 internationally distributed, and 2 developing with Cinetic and WME. She started D-Girl Project to workshop pitching, and she can help you whip your pitch in shape in a 2-hour consultation session by phone or in person in the Atlanta area. (Backer is responsible for travel expenses if necessary, and session may be rescheduled due to Linda's shooting obligations.) Also: 1 MovieHopper Card, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    WALK WITH THE DEAD! Atlanta Movie Tours will take you and a friend to the great locations used in t.v. shows and movies filmed in Georgia. Touring in luxury coaches, trivia contests with prizes, famous quotes, AMT tours are an interactive experience as guides show you locations used in The Hunger Games, Gone With the Wind, Driving Miss Daisy, and more. If you're a Walking Dead fan, The Big Zombie Tours are for you. Plus: 1 MovieHopper Card to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    YOUR SWAG IN OUR BAG - Got a service, product, or project to promote to visiting film industry? We give out 500 of these souvenir bags to visiting filmmakers, industry, and VIPs during the festival. This reward entitles you to place literature or promotional swag in the bag. (Item must be in good taste and reasonably sized - message us for details. You are responsible for providing swag.) Plus: 1 MovieHopper Card to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    CITYPASS! This reward nets you two Atlanta CityPASS booklets, courtesy of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Each Atlanta CityPASS offers 5 tickets to Atlanta’s top attractions (Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Studio Tours; Zoo Atlanta OR Atlanta History Center; Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR High Museum of Art) (Retail cost per booklet $74; actual value of each $127). Also included: 1 MovieHopper Card, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014. CityPass booklets will be mailed to recipient's U.S. address in January.

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    1 Film & Conference Badge to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival. Also: be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    MEET THE PRESS - Jen Yamato, reporter for Deadline Hollywood, will consult with you and answer your questions about the entertainment press as it relates to your indie film project. 1 hour of consulting via Skype or in person (bidder responsible for transportation). Includes one (1) MovieHopper Card to ATLFF 2014. Also: be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    1 All-Access Badge to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival. Also: be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    Indie Filmmaker Consulting with Christopher Holland (author of FIlm Festival Secrets and veteran of film festivals and film distribution companies). 2 hours of consulting about your indie film project via Skype or in person (backer responsible for transportation). Plus: 1 All-Access Badge to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    Film concierge service. Just prior to the festival, ATLFF Artistic Director Charles Judson will provide personal concierge service by phone or in person (schedule permitting) to help you select the films that best match your taste during the festival. Plus: 1 All-Access Badge to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    SLAMDANCIN' - Indie filmmaker consulting with Dan Mirvish, producer/director and co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival. 2 Hours of consulting about your indie film project via Skype or in person (bidder responsible for transportation). Includes one (1) All-Access Badge to ATLFF 2014. Also: be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    Indie Filmmaker Consulting with Brian Newman (Founder/consultant at Sub-genre Media, focusing on entertainment and cultural industry business development and distribution, and former CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute) 2 Hours of consulting about your indie film project via Skype or in person (bidder responsible for transportation). Includes one (1) All-Access Badge to ATLFF 2014. Also: be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    Sponsor a filmmaker! You'll be listed in the program guide as the travel sponsor of a filmmaker's screening and you'll be personally introduced at the screening. Plus: 1 All-Access Badge to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    Private screening party in the renovated upstairs auditorium at the historic Plaza Theatre for you and 150 of your closest friends. Plus: 1 All-Access Badge to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    BACKER'S AWARD SPONSOR - Your company will be listed as the official presenter of the award chosen by the Backer's Jury (see the $25 pledge level for more info on that). Tentatively titled the Filmmaker to Watch Award, your company name would be included every time the award is mentioned in official festival literature, promotion, and pre-show material: i.e. The Atlanta Film Festival "Filmmaker to Watch" Award Presented by YOUR VERY COOL COMPANY. A representative of your company would have the option of presenting the award at our Awards Brunch during the festival. Need more info? Send us a Kickstarter message. Plus: 1 All-Access Badge to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    Bag sponsor! Your company logo/name/whatever (in good taste, of course) on our filmmaker swag bag. We give out 500 of these souvenir bags to visiting filmmakers, industry, and VIPs during the festival. Plus: 1 All-Access Badge to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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    Private screening party in the newly-restored downstairs auditorium at the historic Plaza Theatre for you and 300 of your closest friends. Plus: 1 All-Access Badge to the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, be on the Backers Jury, attend the Backers Mixer, get backer updates, and see your name in the pre-show slides, on the thank-you page of the printed program guide, and on the web site. This level includes ATLFF membership through 12/31/2014.

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