The Atlanta Film Festival turns 43-years-old next April.
Don’t we look GREAT?!
Last year was our biggest and brightest year ever. In case you missed it, we had 28,000 attendees across 11 days. We showcased nearly 220 films from almost 50 countries, brought in 300+ filmmakers and held a 5-day Creative Conference. We had Masterclasses with Chris Tucker, Jason Reitman, Romany Malco and Amber Nash. Daveed Diggs, Kiersey Clemons, Bo Burnham and Regina Hall graced our red carpet.
It was wonderful, but we aren’t scaling back for 2019. YOU can be a part of next year being even bigger and better.
We know that your favorite part is meeting the filmmakers, and guess what—the filmmakers’ favorite part is meeting you! The filmmaker-audience relationship is something that keeps the audience watching and keeps the filmmakers creating new content.
With the money we raise through this campaign, we are able to fly filmmakers from across the world to our festival and make those important connections between artist and audience. Filmmaker participation is an essential part of the festival experience, and we strive to minimize the burden on the artists. The Atlanta Film Festival is the city's premiere film event—an 11-day showcase for 200+ films and the people who make them. At 43, ATLFF is one of the longest-running and most distinguished independent film festivals in the world. The 2019 festival runs April 4-14.
What’s New with This Year’s Campaign?
This year, we have moved back to Kickstarter from IndieGoGo’s Generosity platform (which has since been absorbed by GoFundMe). While these means more fees, we are at home on Kickstarter and confident with the extra support we receive on this platform.
Also new, we’ve “unwrapped” festival badges from the annual ATLFS Membership. While they can still be purchased together at a discounted rate, purchasing a badge to the festival doesn’t automatically include a membership.
ATLFS Membership cards will still function as a Moviehopper Card and allow for access to screenings and panels in Line C (subject to availability).
Why is it Important to Bring Artists to Atlanta?
Atlanta’s exponential growth in the entertainment industry makes Atlanta a hub for opportunities waiting to happen. These artists have put their all into these films and deserve to meet those who have questions, acknowledge those whose lives have changed because of their film, and meet those who can propel their career into the vast depths of the industry. Connections mean everything to us. The funds we raise will bring more filmmakers to the festival and key members of the industry to the ATLFF Creative Conference in an effort to provide new connections and build their careers.
Anything Else I Should Know?
Every penny collected will serve to bring filmmakers and other industry members to Atlanta and treat them to world-class Southern hospitality while they're here. This includes flights and hotels, of course, but also infrastructure like ground transportation. We’ve received over 8,100 submissions this year—a new record! This means more to choose from while programming our festival, and ultimately, a better festival. The Atlanta Film Festival is an Academy Award®-qualifying festival that was recently included on MovieMaker Magazine's lists of the '50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee' and the '25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.' The winners of our animated short, documentary short and narrative short jury awards may qualify to be on a short list for Oscar® nominations.
Membership to the Atlanta Film Society comes with all kinds of year-round perks, like invitations to free advance screenings, discounted registration to classes, and more.
Eyes on the prize, eh? A few of the perks available:
Risks and challenges
Moving back to Kickstarter, we accept the all-or-nothing risk. If we don’t raise $20,000, we don’t get a single penny pledged.
This is our sixth year running a crowdfunding campaign to dramatically increase our hospitality budget. We certainly risk campaign fatigue.
There is always a chance that even if we raise the funds, an invited filmmaker won't be able to attend. In that unfortunate case, we will simply be able to invite someone else.
We also face the challenge of trying to raise this money right as people are spending their hard-earned money during the holiday season.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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