ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF GA FILM TAX CREDIT
With strong state industry support, the 2018 ATLFF is the largest yet
ATLANTA, Ga. (April 12, 2018) — After a decade of generous tax incentives supporting film production in the Peach State, the 42nd Annual Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) will kick off tomorrow with one of its strongest lineups ever, thanks in large part to the growth of Georgia’s film industry.
More than 25,000 festivalgoers are expected to attend the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival over the next 10 days to watch 200+ short and feature length films. These unique and independent films have been handpicked from all over the world, yet nearly a quarter have Georgia ties to filmmakers or production – a feat simply not possible 10 years ago.
“There has been a direct relationship between the growth of Georgia’s film industry, the number of people working in this sector across the Atlanta area, and the year-over-year increase in festival attendance and quality of programming represented at the Atlanta Film Festival,” said Christopher Escobar, Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Society. “We’re proud to share in the industry’s growth as one of the oldest and largest organizations, dedicated throughout the year, to the promotion and education of film in the United States.”
“Never in our 40-year history have we ever seen as much enthusiasm and support for the local film industry as now. People are excited about ‘what’s the next big movie or TV show’ filming around them,” Escobar said. “Skilled crews are deciding to relocate to Atlanta, not Hollywood, to get their careers off the ground. Productions are moving from places like New York, LA and Vancouver to shoot here. And more and more movies and TV shows are being made about the people who live here – in Atlanta, Georgia, the South.”
In the 10 years since Georgia revised its film industry tax credits, the festival has consistently set new records for both attendance and submissions. In 2008, the festival attendance was around 10,000, and ATLFF received approximately 1,500 film submissions. By 2018, those figures have increased to 25,000 and 7,600, respectively.
Since the Entertainment Industry Investment Act, also known as HB 1100, was signed into law in 2008, Georgia has become a top-3 filmmaking destination in the world – behind only California and New York. The state has attracted investment from big network and studio productions, which has supported film tourism and a range of support industries, including catering, construction, accounting and others, for a total economic impact of $9.5 billion to the state in FY 2017, according to the GA Office of the Governor.
Firms like 2018 ATLFF Opening Night sponsor Moonshine Post-Production, a full-service post-production house whose credits include the greatly-anticipated 2018 ATLFF films SUMMER 03 and MAN MADE, have successfully ridden this wave of investment to become leaders in the indie market.
Other groups like Closing Night sponsor Crafty Apes have made a name for themselves as among the best for visual effects and editing. Their list of credits includes major productions like LA LA LAND, HIDDEN FIGURES, CAPTAIN AMERICAN: CIVIL WAR, “Stranger Things” and more. Recently, these two groups have teamed up to offer full-service post production capabilities for Georgia-based film projects, and Moonshine Founder Drew Sawyer and Crafty Apes Co-Founder Chris LeDoux will present at this year’s ATLFF Creative Conference.
Joining this year’s stacked lineup of films and Creative Conference panels are Master Class workshops from Academy Award® -nominated director Jason Reitman, who recently filmed the upcoming movie FRONT RUNNER in Atlanta; popular voice actress Amber Nash of the critically-acclaimed FX/FXX show “Archer;” and Romany Malco, who wrote, directed and produced the ATLFF ’18 official selection PRISON LOGIC.
The festival has also increased the quality of its educational programming through partnerships with organizations like Screencraft and Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts to bring top industry talent to the festival.
Notable filmmakers and special guests from previous fests include James Gunn, Michael Rooker, William H. Macy, James Franco, Josh Brolin, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Blake Jenner, Rob Burnett, Sherri Shepherd, Jack McBrayer, Abigail Spencer, Spike Lee, Ray McKinnon and James Ponsoldt.
In addition, previous Creative Conference Master Class hosts have included actors William H. Macy and James Franco, a panel of producers from Pinewood Atlanta Studios and Marvel Studios, filmmakers James Ponsoldt and Victor Nunez, and Broadway veteran Schuler Hensley.
With a record 7,600 film submissions received for the 2018 festival, the final lineup includes 58 feature length films and 150 short films from 56 countries – making this year’s film festival the most diverse, by number of countries represented, and the largest, by number of films, in Atlanta history.
Festival badges and individual tickets are on sale now. The Atlanta Film Festival is the annual centerpiece of educational and enriching film programing that is provided year-round by parent organization, the Atlanta Film Society.
Screening dates and times are subject to change. For a full lineup of films, or to purchase passes, please visit www.AtlantaFilmFestival.com.