Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Atlanta Film Fest director discusses changes

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Atlanta Film Festival Executive Director Chris Escobar
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  • Atlanta Film Festival Executive Director Chris Escobar
I emailed new Atlanta Film Festival Executive Director Chris Escobar yesterday with some questions about what changes in the fest we might expect under his leadership. Here's what he had to say:

As for changes to the festival, I think what you'll see is both a return to certain missed festival elements and an exploration of some new ones. We're bringing back our pass use as had existed in prior years, re-centralizing our operations and activity like ticketing, filmmaker lounge, etc. to be back at Landmark.

We've made pass prices much more attainable, and are adding a second block of competing animation shorts for the academy-award qualification. More excitedly, while we will still be holding the majority of the festival at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, we're working on finalizing partnerships with select Atlanta-gem venues to have screenings on different nights during the week days of the festival. We've shifted our schedule to both a month earlier in the year and by a day of the week to include two full weekends. We're also including music as a more present component of the festival. We've launched a music video block that will be treated much like a short film block, programming several feature-films with music themes and having more live performances during festival events. There are lots more additions...

Ultimately, the major changes only begin at the festival and grow from there to our year-round programs through various strategic partnerships with other organizations and institutions—Georgia State University being the first. What you'll see develop are major strides in our educational programming, engaging and intriguing films, exciting and unique events and reaching a vastly larger audience! You will see a revival of some favorites and some terrific new additions for what I think could be considered the New Atlanta Film Festival.

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