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Atlanta’s Without a Box Spotlight Email Just Went Out

Atlanta's Without a Box Spotlight Email Just Went Out

The Atlanta Film Festival’s December 5 deadline looms like a Lowell Mill Girl…and submissions are flooding in!

There’s a late deadline in January–but you’re going to wanna get your work to us before then, because prices are going up. In other words, don’t wait to get notice from Sundance before you decide whther or not to submit to ATL, SXSW, Nashville, Sarasota, Tribeca, etc!)


Atlanta, Georgia – USA
April 16 to 25, 2009

In the Spotlight this week is the ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL (ATLFF), an event renowned for discovering new talent. Since its inception over three decades ago, the Festival has shown early works of filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jason Reitman, Christopher Nolan, Rian Johnson, Mark Osborne, Robert Rodriguez, and Ray McKinnon.

The Atlanta Film Festival is one of a select group of Academy Award-qualifying film festivals; in fact, the 2001 Oscar-winning short THE ACCOUNTANT qualified for its nomination after winning at ATLFF. Boasting a long-established reputation for excellence in programming, the vital ten-day Festival attracts both industry professionals and corporate sponsors to engage with filmmakers and over 10,000 tastemakers and film lovers in attendance.

Accepted filmmakers receive film festival passes and invitations to gala events, parties, receptions, industry panels, and a VIP Hospitality Lounge. Filmmakers are also honored at the filmmaker appreciation party, co-hosted by Paste Magazine. Over 90% of the 2008 Atlanta Film Festival program came directly from Withoutabox submissions, so your chances of selection are very real – don’t miss out!

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Positioned at the intersection of art, culture and commerce, the Atlanta Film Festival brings meaning to the moving image by championing the shared community experience, fostering the free exchange of ideas, and nurturing the development of a thriving industry.


ATLFF is known for discovering original stories that enlighten audiences, provoking community dialogue, learning and engagement in world issues. The Festival presents prizes for the best of Documentary and Narrative Features as well as for Animated, Documentary, and Narrative Shorts. Winners of the Animated and Narrative Short Film Awards become eligible for Oscar nominations, while the Pink Peach Award is presented to a film that explores lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender themes.

Filmmakers of all backgrounds have had fun and productive experiences at ATLFF. Lucia Small of THE AXE IN THE ATTIC attests, ATLFF “really took care of me, and the film…found its home in Atlanta,” while Brandon Klein, Nicholas Klein, Daniel Klein and Tim Klein (WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?) express a similar sentiment: “[The Festival] will always mean a lot to the four of us.” And Chris Holland (Author of “Film Festival Secrets”) speaks to the “real sense of camaraderie that grows over the course of the festival week as names and faces become familiar through repeated contact.”

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