June 9-17, 2006
By Pamela Cole
30th Atlanta Film Festival (AFF) is over. Shame on you if you didn't
get to at least one of the over 160 screenings, panels, and events
during this nine-day celebration of independent film. This year's
festival sold a record 27,000 tickets, surpassing last year's attendance
of 26,000. The festival opened with a Gala fund-raising event on
June 7, attended by real live movie stars like Cicely Tyson, Ruby
Dee, and others.
"The AFF was a stunning accomplishment when the limitations
of staff and time are taken into account, " said festival director
Jake Jacobson, who came to the position in January 2006. "
A handful of hard-working IMAGE employees put together a 160-film,
nine-day festival in five months, received great responses from
attendees, and pulled in a record box office."
Jacobson says he looks forward to having "the blessing of
more time" to plan the 31st Atlanta Film Festival, which will
include "new venues, a festival date earlier in the year, a
more expansive program, greater marketing, and more of an international
As a reporter, I attended several screenings and events, and even
volunteered to maximize my festival experience this year. I find
it's always more fun to volunteer with an event of this magnitude,
and see it from the inside out. I also had spies all over the festival
who gave me feedback for this article.
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Film Awards Gala
Parties & Networking
For even more information, see www.atlantafilmfestival.com.