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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.

Rewards:

Eyes on the prize, eh? A few of the perks available: 

Comfy, soft, and ready for you. ATLFF'18 limited edition shirt in black, navy, or grey!
Comfy, soft, and ready for you. ATLFF'18 limited edition shirt in black, navy, or grey!
Tote this babe around town. It's durable canvas ready to hold your all your needs.
Tote this babe around town. It's durable canvas ready to hold your all your needs.
Your basic dad-cap with the added style only ATLFF can provide.
Your basic dad-cap with the added style only ATLFF can provide.

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.

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    Exclusive ATLFS Holiday Party perk only available in person 12/5.

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    Thank You in Print

    Your name will be immortalized forever in our printed program guide (distributed across Atlanta by Oz Magazine!), as well as on the big screen at the festival during the pre-show slides and on our website, plus you'll get access to the backer updates.

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    Carry Our Thanks in an ATLFF '18 Tote!

    Get one of our stylish ATLFF '18 canvas tote bags before they disappear forever! Plus, your name will be immortalized forever in our printed program guide (distributed across Atlanta by Oz Magazine!), as well as on the big screen at the festival during the pre-show slides and on our website, plus you'll get access to the backer updates.

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    Opening & Closing Night

    Get 1 ticket to both our Opening Night Film & After-Party AND our Closing Night Film & After-Party at the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival (normally $50 each/$100 value).

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    2019 ATLFS Membership (Discounted Rate!)

    Normally $100, get year-round 2018 ATLFS membership for just $85 (exclusive through the campaign)! Your membership is also good for Line C access to regular film screenings and panels during the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival (subject to availability). Plus, We will print your name in the 2019 Program Guide, you'll be featured in the pre-show slides and on the website, and you'll receive backer updates. Membership expires 12/31/19

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    Unlimited Popcorn & Membership

    Unlimited popcorn for one at the Plaza Theatre during the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival plus a 2019 Atlanta Film Society Membership. Your membership is also good for Line C access to regular film screenings and panels during the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival (subject to availability). Plus, we will print your name in the 2019 Program Guide, you'll be featured in the pre-show slides and on the website, and you'll receive backer updates. Membership expires 12/31/19

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    Personal Plaza Marquee

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    ATLFF 19 FILM Badge

    One FILM Badge to attend the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival. Price will go up in December! Grants Line A admission to all films during the festival.

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    Swag Bag & Membership

    Collect all the merch (one tote, one shirt, and one hat) from ATLFF'18! Don't forget to tell us your size and color, subject to availability (but list your preference black, navy, grey)! Plus a 2019 Atlanta Film Society Membership. Your membership is also good for Line C access to regular film screenings and panels during the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival (subject to availability). Plus, we will print your name in the 2019 Program Guide, you'll be featured in the pre-show slides and on the website, and you'll receive backer updates. Membership expires 12/31/19

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    YOUR SWAG IN OUR VIP BAGS

    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.)

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    ATLFF 19 FILM+CONFERENCE Badge

    One FILM + CONFERENCE Badge to attend the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival. Price will go up in December! Grants Line A admission to all films and panels during the festival.

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    ATLFF 19 ALL-ACCESS Badge

    One ALL-ACCESS Badge to attend the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival. Price will go up in December! Grants Line A admission to all films, panels and parties during the festival.

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    ATLFF 19 ALL-ACCESS Badge (w/Membership)

    One ALL-ACCESS Badge to attend the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival. Price will go up in December! Grants Line A admission to all films, panels and parties during the festival. Also includes ATLFS Membership through 12/31/19. ($475+ Value)

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    2 Seats to ATLFF Awards Brunch

    A pair of seats at annual awards brunch during the festival! Drink mimosas and dine alongside our acclaimed filmmakers during the second weekend of ATLFF '19.

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    ATLFF 19 PRODUCER Badge

    One PRODUCER Badge to attend the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival. Price will go up in December! Grants Line A admission to all films, panels and parties during the festival for you AND A PLUS-ONE, as well as Awards Brunch invitation, festival merchandise and shuttle access.

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    Year-Long Plaza Pass For ONE!

    All the movies you want to see at the Plaza Theatre from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 for ONE! ($1,000+ value).

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    $1,000 Patron

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    FESTIVAL SCREENING HOST/SPONSOR

    Get your name on the marquee, in the program guide and on the website for a screening to be held during the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival! Plus, you'll get 20 tickets to the screening so that you can bring all of your friends and family with you!

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    Year-Long Plaza Pass For TWO!

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    Private Plaza Screening (Mon-Wed)

    Private screening at the Plaza Theatre for up to 150 people on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening, including popcorn & soda ($2,775 value).

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    Movie Night Package

    We'll bring everything from our new AV Toolbank to make a private screening of a film of your choosing at a place of your choosing (in Metro Atlanta) for up to 50 people. Included: projector, screen, audio & playback systems as well as a technician. A value of over $2,000!

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    Deluxe Movie Night Package

    We'll bring everything from our AV Toolbox to make a private screening of a film of your choosing at a place of your choosing (in Metro Atlanta) for up to 100 people, plus the full red carpet treatment and even candy, soda and on-site-popped popcorn for everyone! Perfect for group or company events! Included: projector, screen, audio & playback systems, red carpet, drinks, snacks, as well as a technician. A value of over $3,000!

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    Become a Patron of the Atlanta Film Society. This comes with all sorts of benefits, including 4 All-Access Badges to the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival. Also: 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 the same perks as ATLFS membership and more through 12/31/2019.

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    FESTIVAL PARTY HOST/SPONSOR

    Become a Patron AND get your name on one of the best parties to be held during the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival! Plus, you can help us plan it (if you so desire) and you'll get 20 tickets so that you can bring all of your friends and family with you! This level of patronage includes the same perks as ATLFS membership and more through 12/31/2019.

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    CLOSING NIGHT HOST/SPONSOR

    HOST CLOSING NIGHT! Become a Patron AND get your name on the marquee, in the program guide and on the website for Closing Night Presentation & Party of the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival! Plus, you'll get 20 tickets so that you can bring all of your friends and family with you! This level of patronage includes the same perks as ATLFS membership and more through 12/31/2019.

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    OPENING NIGHT HOST/SPONSOR

    HOST OPENING NIGHT! Become a Patron AND get your name on the marquee, in the program guide and on the website for Opening Night Presentation & Party of the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival! Plus, you'll get 20 tickets so that you can bring all of your friends and family with you! This level of patronage includes the same perks as ATLFS membership and more through 12/31/2019.

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    Become a Patron of the Atlanta Film Society. This comes with all sorts of benefits, including 6 All-Access Badges to the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival. Also: 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 the same perks as ATLFS membership and more through 12/31/2019.

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    Become a Patron of the Atlanta Film Society. This comes with all sorts of benefits, including 8 All-Access Badges to the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival. Also: 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 the same perks as ATLFS membership and more through 12/31/2019.

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Funding period

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