2022 Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference Unveils Key Programming and Full Lineup

by Raheem Karim
Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference

Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference

The 46th annual Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference Reveals Full Lineup

The 46th annual Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference (ATLFF) will return April 21 – May 1 revealed the full line up of more than 155 selected works, 11 Marquee films, and 25 educational events. ATLFF received a record breaking of nearly 10,000 submissions.

Opening night will be highlighted by the film “892” – starring John Boyega as a Marine struggling to reintegrate into civilian life – and “Mija” – a documentary about an ambitious music producer from an undocumented family will close out the Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference.

“We’re particularly excited about this year because we are not only back to in-person screenings, but our hybrid format will provide even more opportunities for audiences to participate around the globe,” said Christopher Escobar, Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Festival. “A huge part of our ethos is advocating for diverse voices, which is why it’s even more important that we continue to evolve and connect with communities everywhere in new and innovative ways.”

Some of the marquee selections include “Cha Cha Real Smooth” starring Dakota Johnson and written and directed by Cooper Raiff, “Emily the Criminal” starring Aubrey Plaza and Theo Rossi, and “Summering”, a coming of age story directed by Georgia-native and celebrated ATLFF alumni James Ponsoldt. Documentary feature highlights include “Look At Me: XXXTENTACION”, an inside look at a gifted young rapper’s tumultuous rise to fame before his death at the age of 20, with never-before-seen footage as XXXTENTACION’s inner circle speaks out, and “REFUGE”, a story about fear and love in the American South from local Atlanta directors Erin Levin Bernhardt and Din Blankenship.

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Diversity has been the cornerstone of the Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference. Of the 155 selections 74% are directed by filmmakers who identify as female or non-binary (53%) and/or are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) (56%).

Screenings will be held at three venues, including Plaza Theatre (1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE), Dad’s Garage (569 Ezzard St SE), and The Carter Center (453 Freedom Parkway), with more to come. All virtual screenings and events will be presented via Eventive. For more information he full schedule of films and events visit www.AtlantaFilmFestival.com.

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