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Florida State University Partners with Atlanta Film Festival


The 41st annual Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is pleased to announce their partnership with Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts (FSU Film) to provide key educational and film programming at the 2017 event.

FSU Film’s sponsorship of the festival will bring a group of Academy Award®-nominated alumni filmmakers – fresh off their ‘Best Picture’ win for MOONLIGHT at the 2017 Oscars® – to Atlanta for a panel discussion on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 8:00PM at The Highland Ballroom. Earlier in the 10-day film festival, FSU Film will present selected Keylight films from student filmmakers at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 6:45PM.

ATLFF’s FSU College of Motion Picture Arts Film Forum will feature MOONLIGHT editors Joi McMillon (BFA ’03) and Nat Sanders (BFA ’02) in a panel discussion moderated by the college’s dean, Reb Braddock. The filmmakers will share their experience in the industry and career highlights following graduation. McMillon and Sanders were nominated for their achievements in editing MOONLIGHT by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars), Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critic’s Choice Awards) and the American Cinema Editors (Eddie Awards). Additionally, the pair won the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Award for the category. McMillon was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Oscar in the editing category.

As a part of their on-going partnership with the FSU Film, ATLFF 2017 is also proud to showcase eight short films from recent graduates at the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts Presents: Selected Keylight Films. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the college.  Additionally, the non-profit parent organization of ATLFF, the Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS), will continue to collaborate with FSU Film year-round by offering quarterly Film Forums featuring notable alumni and industry leaders similar to the MOONLIGHT filmmakers, which will be open to ATLFS members and college alumni.

FSU Film is ranked by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 25 film schools in the country. Its students have won more than 2,000 awards since the school opened in 1989 and in the last five years, FSU Film graduates have collaborated on four ‘Best Picture’ nominated films at the Oscars®. In the last two years alone, FSU Film alumni Adele Romanski (MOONLIGHT) and Jonathan King (SPOTLIGHT) were producers of the ‘Best Picture’ winner. Other notable FSU Film alumni include directors Barry Jenkins (MOONLIGHT), Greg Marcks (11:14), and David Mitchell (IT FOLLOWS, MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER), screenwriters Ron Friedman (CHICKEN LITTLE and OPEN SEASON) and Matthew Lopez (RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN and THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE); executive Amy Kennedy of Princess Pictures, et al.

“As a film festival dedicated to showcasing diverse voices and fostering emerging talent, it has been an honor to be able to partner with FSU College of Motion Picture Arts for the past two years to bring enriching programming to the festival that also highlights the work of student filmmakers. It is the Atlanta Film Society’s year-round goal to provide education and support to Atlanta’s developing film community, and our multi-year partnership with FSU Film is a direct reflection of that common goal,” said Christopher Escobar, Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Festival.

The Atlanta Film Festival will kick off 10 days of events on Friday, March 24, 2017, that will continue through Sunday, April 2, 2017. In addition to more than 160 film screenings and a dozen special events, the 41st annual event will feature nearly 40 Creative Conference educational events.

Below please find key information on the events presented in partnership with the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts. Additional information on the full lineup of ATLFF 2017 can be found at



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