The Atlanta Film Festival returns April 21-May 1 for its 46th Edition

The 46th annual Atlanta Film Festival will take place from April 21 to May 1. This year’s lineup of 153+ selected works was chosen from a record-breaking nearly 10,000 submissions, including 20% with ties to Georgia and a combined total of 74% directed by filmmakers who identify as female or non-binary and/or are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC).

Among the highlights of the festival are Opening and Closing Night Presentations and 9 additional Marquee titles from celebrated filmmakers and Hollywood studios.

Five specialty tracks will return to the 2022 festival including New Mavericks, celebrating excellence in film from female and gender non-conforming directors and leads; ¡CineMás!, focusing on Latin American culture; Noire, uplifting Black filmmakers, Pink Peach, featuring films with LGBTQ stories and characters, and Georgia Films, highlighting productions with ties to the state of Georgia. 

A few selections from these tracks and Marquee programming are below: 

  • “892” – Opening Night Presentation [Narrative Feature] | Marquee, Georgia Tie, Noire
    • Set in Atlanta. A narrative starring John Boyega, the late Michael K. Williams, Nicole Beharie, and Connie Britton. 
    • The film’s director Abi Demaris Corbin will be available for red carpet interviews at the Opening Night Presentation
  • “MIJA”  – Closing Night Presentation [Documentary Feature] | Marquee, ¡Cinemȧs!
    • From Disney+ and directed by Isabel Castro
    • Follows Doris Muñoz and Jacks Haupt, both of who share the ever-present guilt of being the first American-born members of their undocumented families.
  • “REFUGE” – [Documentary Feature] | Georgia Tie, New Mavericks, Marquee
    • A story about fear and love in the American South (Clarkston, GA) from local Atlanta directors Erin Levin Bernhardt and Din Blankenship.
  • “Cha Cha Real Smooth” – [Narrative feature] | Marquee
    • starring Dakota Johnson and written and directed by Cooper Raiff
  • “Emily the Criminal” – [Narrative feature] | Marquee
    • starring Aubrey Plaza and Theo Rossi
  • “Summering” – [Narrative feature] | Marquee, Georgia Tie
    • A coming of age story directed by Georgia-native and celebrated ATLFF alumni James Ponsoldt
  • “Look At Me: XXXTENTACION” – [Documentary feature] | Marquee, Noire
    • 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
  • “Master of Light” – In Competition for Best [Documentary Feature] | Georgia Tie 
    • Atlanta-based artist George Anthony Morton is a classical painter who spent ten years in federal prison for dealing drugs. Since his release, he has worked to defy society’s expectations and tackle the white-dominant art world. 
    • Winner of the SXSW 2022 Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary
  • “In the Bones” – World Premiere [Documentary Feature] | New Mavericks, Noire
    • The primarily female filmmaking team
    • A lyrical documentary that explores the personal and political by interweaving the lives of 12 characters living in Mississippi during a legislative session in which equal pay for equal work and abortion rights are being decided. 
  • “NICO” – [Narrative Feature] | Pink Peach, New Mavericks
    • The self-confident, life-affirming German-Persian Nico is brutally torn from her everyday life by a racially motivated attack. With the help of tough karate training, she tries to channel her anger, but she also loses touch with herself. When Nico meets the Macedonian Ronny, a connection develops between the two women that makes Nico question the path she has chosen.

To view the full ATLFF 2022 lineup click HERE. 

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