Help Bring Filmmakers to Atlanta - April 1-10, 2016!

About the Project


The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2016! 

For 40 years, the Academy Award® qualifying Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) has been the home to independent filmmakers by leading the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.  Georgia is now #3 in Film/TV production, with a $6.2 Billion Dollar industry, and produces over 200 productions a year.  The Atlanta Film Festival is the gateway to Georgia’s booming film industry. The 40th Anniversary will be “A Homecoming Year” with invitations extended to ATLFF alum such as Spike Lee, Robert Rodriguez and Ray McKinnon as well as over 125 notable Georgians in the industry. 

ATLFF is an internationally respected festival and this year ATLFF will screen over 150 films representing more than 30 countries over the course of 10 days during April 1-10, 2016. The Festival provides rich opportunities to experience works of local, regional, national and international filmmakers across a variety of disciplines including narrative, documentary, animation, puppetry, experimental and music, from a record 4,800+ submissions received from 130 countries. 

In addition, this year the festival will feature the sixth iteration of the Creative Conference, a 5-day seminar series event that presents roughly 40 presentations and panels covering screenwriting, producing, animation and music, led by local and national community leaders, industry experts, filmmakers and businesses.  Anchored in Ponce-Highlands at The Plaza Theatre, Little 5 Points at 7 Stages, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and other notable locations in Atlanta (including the Rialto and the High Museum), the festival screenings will include question and answer sessions with 250 visiting and local filmmakers for over 23,000+ festival attendees. 

The Festival is produced by a total budget of $629,912. While crucial partnerships and effective uses of technology help keep costs down, certain costs, for example hotel, transportation and related costs for filmmakers, become not only increasingly expensive but also virtually impossible to be funded solely by partnerships as they once were in the past. 

Filmmaker participation is an essential part of the festival experience, and we want to return the travel and lodging budget to its former strength. All funds this campaign collects will bring filmmakers and industry members to Atlanta in April. Your donation will assist in filling the gaps not covered by sponsorships and partnerships to make the festival a success by helping us to purchase plane tickets, provide housing and car rentals for our filmmakers. ATLFF is the only independent major film festival in Atlanta so it relies on the support of the community to make it possible. 

The organization's mission is to lead the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.  Your support of the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival and the moving image will help the festival increase filmmaker participation and ensure that the 40th Anniversary Homecoming Year is a success! Support the  Atlanta Film Festival Family today.  Thank you!




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    Donations of $1+: Recognition on the Atlanta Film Festival Website
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    Donations of $50+: Donors will receive (1) Movie Hopper Pass, which includes admission to regular 2016 Atlanta Film Festival films that aren’t sold out, in addition to a year-round membership for admission to screenings and events during the year.
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    BRAVE theatrical poster signed by Kelly MacDonald (Merida), Kevin McKidd (Lord McGuffin), Craig Ferguson (Lord Macintosh), Writer/Director Mark Andrews and Producer Katherine Sarafian.
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    COMEDY 6-TITLE BUNDLE! Great blu-ray + DVD combo packs of comedy films TRAINWRECK, A HAUNTED HOUSE, DUMB & DUMBER TO, NEIGHBORS, GET SHORTY (DVD) and "Family Guy" Volume 8 (DVD) + TRAINWRECK T-shirt + Ted 2 Movie-Size Plush Talking 11" Teddy Bear Explicit Doll .
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    Donations of $100+: Donors will receive (2) Movie Hopper Passes, which includes admission to regular 2016 Atlanta Film Festival films that aren’t sold out, in addition to a year-round membership for admission to screenings and events during the year.
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    MILLION DOLLAR ARM Bluray/DVD & autographed theatrical poster signed by Jon Hamm (JB), Lake Bell (Brenda) and two more people from the film--filmed in GA! Did we mention Jon Hamm? He touched this poster and put his name on it.
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    Steve Carell (Ben Cooper) and Jennifer Garner (Kelly Cooper) autographed theatrical poster of ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY also including Kerris Dorsey (Emily), Dylan Minnette (Anthony), Ed Oxenbould (Alexander), Writer Rob Lieber, Producer Lisa Henson, Director Miguel Arteta, Producer Dan Levine and one more person from the film.
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    CINDERELLA theatrical poster signed by Lily James (Cinderella), Cate Blanchett (StepMother), Richard Madden (Prince) and Writer Chris Weitz.
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    POPCORN & MOVIEHOPPER! Unlimited popcorn for one at the Plaza Theatre during the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival, plus a MovieHopper Card (and year-round membership) 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 ATLFS membership through 12/31/2016.
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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.) Plus: 1 MovieHopper Card to the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival (and year-round membership), 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 ATLFS membership through 12/31/2016.
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    Donations of $150+: Donors will receive (1) Film Pass that guarantees admission to all regular screenings with guaranteed admission to the Opening Night Party in addition to a year-round membership for admission to screenings and events during the year.
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    Amount over $125 is tax-deductible
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    Donations of $250+: Donors will receive (1) Film & Conference Pass with guaranteed admission to the Opening & Closing Night Films & Parties, admission into the Filmmaker Lounge, and to all Creative Conference Sessions in addition to a year-round membership for admission to screenings and events during the year.
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    "THE WALKING DEAD" FAN BUNDLE & MOVIEHOPPER! A huge “The Walking Dead" gift bundle, plus one MovieHopper Card to attend the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival (and year-round membership). Includes: TWD Survival Kit , Limited Edition TWD Poster Autographed by Tim Bradstreet and Professionally Framed, Sheriff Rick Grimes Mini-Bust, Funko 5-Inch Daryl Dixon Plushie, McFarlane Toys The Walking Dead TV Daryl Dixon 10" Deluxe Action Figure, McFarlane Maggie Greene Action Figure, TWD Black and Yellow 'Zombie Xing' Trucker hat, The Walking Dead Card Game. 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 ATLFS membership through 12/31/2016.
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    Donations of $350+: Donors will receive (1) All-Access Pass which guarantees admission to all regular screenings with priority seating, Admission to both Opening & Closing Night Films & Parties, admission into the Filmmaker Lounge, Admission to all Creative Conference Sessions, and access to the Filmmaker Shuttle in addition to several other exclusive perks as well as a year-round membership for admission to screenings and events during the year.
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    "GAME OF THRONES" UNSULLIED ARMOR & DRAGON EGG REPLICA! Featured at our spectacular ATLFF '15 "Game of Thrones" Season 5 After-Party, get your hands on this exceptional, handmade Unsullied Armor and a replica Dragon Egg made by master prop artists in Shane Morton's studio. A huge addition to any GOT fan's collection.
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    HOST A SCREENING! Get your name on the marquee, in the program guide and on the website for a screening to be held during the 2016 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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    $1,000 PATRON LEVEL! Become a founding Patron of the Atlanta Film Society. This comes with all sorts of benefits, including 2 All-Access Badges to the 2016 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 the same perks as ATLFS membership and more through 12/31/2016.
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    MOVIE NIGHT PACKAGE! We'll bring everything from our new A/V 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.
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    $2,500 PATRON LEVEL! Become a founding Patron of the Atlanta Film Society. This comes with all sorts of benefits, including 4 All-Access Badges to the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival, Reserved Seating Year-Round and Concierge Ticketing. 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 the same perks as ATLFS membership and more through 12/31/2016.
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    DELUXE MOVIE NIGHT PACKAGE! We'll bring everything from our new A/V Toolbank 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.
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