Film Festival Alliance

FilmEx Regional: Atlanta Film Festival

Join Film Festival Alliance in Atlanta for an in-person, regional FilmEx!

FilmEx Regionals are designed to bring together organizations within a region to build community, encourage dialogue on local and regional conditions, and strengthen collaboration between festivals. Through informal gatherings, film screenings, and small, focused groups, festival folks will have the opportunity to deepen their professional relationships and explore current issues affecting the film festival landscape.

Hotel Information:
Atlanta has many hotel & Airbnb offerings in the Midtown and Downtown areas, including a special 20% discounted rate for ATLFF rate at the Wylie Hotel here.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, April 28
IRL Happy Hour at The Righteous Room (051 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306)
Join the FFA team for a casual meet up and hello as we kick off our first IRL event in two years!

Evening: Film Screenings begin at 7:00pm. Stay tuned for more information about ATL parties, events and colleague gatherings as we get closer to the festival.

Friday, April 29
9:00AM-10:00AM: A Tour of Plaza Theater (1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA)
Hosted by the Atlanta Film Festival & Atlanta Film Society, with coffee and donuts.

10:15AM – 11:45 AM: Festival Organizer Session One: Setting the Stage (Plaza Theater)
As we gather in real life for the first time in two years, with no mute or hide camera button, we can fully realize how greatly our industry has changed since 2020. As we’re faced with many difficult conversations, we must also examine how we effectively create discourse with our various industry stakeholders – from our own staff and board to filmmakers and audiences. What are the roadblocks that stand in our way, and how do the ways in which we view ourselves and our organizations inform these conversations for better or for worse. What tools can we share for productive dialogue as we move our industry forward together?

12:00 PM – 12:30PM: Breakout Lunch at the Plaza Theater
Lunch will be served in the theater. Grab some food, take a bio break, and take a break with us.

12:45PM – 2:00 PM: Festival Organizer Session Two: Having the Tough Conversation (Plaza Theater)
In small groups, we will dig into two industry-wide topics at the front and center of the festival landscape today: Programming and the Non Profit Industrial Complex. Implementing the strategies discussed in our first session, folks will interrogate their own approaches to these topics, and reflect on the ways their organizations have approached the myriad issues stemming from these topics, including programming ethos + guidelines, bias within programming + screening staff, boundary-setting for organizational wellness, and aligning ethics + mission with external stakeholders.

2:30 PM-3:30 PM: Meet the Festivals/Filmmaker Mixer (Plaza Theater) A chance for ATL filmmakers to meet festival organizers from the region and across the country and ask all of your burning festival questions. films!

4:00PM – 5:30PM: FFA x Indie Media Arts South (IMAS) Happy Hour (The Righteous Room)
Join Film Ex ATL and Indie Media Arts South for a casual mingle around cocktails and conversation at The Righteous Room.

Born from a national Independent Media Arts collective created by Sundance Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts, Indie Media Arts South is a regional organization working to support and uplift filmmakers and arts organizations across the greater south.



Film Screenings begin at 7:00pm. Stay tuned for more information about ATL parties, events and colleague gatherings as we get closer to the festival.

Saturday, April 30

10:00AM – 12:30PM: Festival Organizer Session: Taking Action and Keeping Up Momentum (Hotel Clermont)
After addressing some of the hurdles that festivals are currently facing, it’s time to think about the ways in which we can individually and collectively take action against the “status quo” and move the needle towards sustainability. What are some ways in which we can take action – next month, next year, and in the next three years? How can we create safe and trusted spaces where leadership can come together to really listen, and think deeply and intentionally about positive actions that will better organizations uniquelly, and hopefully blaze new trails for the industry as a whole.

12:00PM – 1:30PM: Breakout Lunch
Continue the conversation and grab some lunch with colleagues around Midtown! FFA will facilitate various groups of festival attendees with similar interests. Restaurant recommendations coming soon!

1:30 PM – 2:30PM: Eventive VR Program
This will be a hybrid event and will be free and open to any festival organizer virtually.

Film Screenings begin at 7:00pm. Stay tuned for more information about ATL parties, events and colleague gatherings as we get closer to the festival.

May 1
10:00AM: “See You Next Time” Coffee (Destination TBD)
Join FFA and our festival colleagues for a casual coffee meetup to swap business cards and bid adieu to old friends and new.