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Festival to open March 15 with Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey and Atlanta’s Ray McKinnon

ATLANTA, GA —The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) proudly announces its diverse 2013 lineup of narrative and documentary features.  Over the course of ten days in Atlanta, GA, March 15 – 24, the ATLFF will screen more than 200 films curated from over 2,800 submissions. The festival will once again include in attendance many participating filmmakers and industry professionals. The program consists of 24 Narrative Features, 13 Documentary Features and 15 Short Program Presentations.  The festival includes 43 features/shorts shot in Georgia and/or featuring Atlantans; these films are part of the Georgia on Our Mind film track. The festival’s main competition consists of eight Narrative Features, six Pink Peach (LGBT) Features, and nine Documentary Features battling for their category’s Grand Jury Prize.

The Atlanta Film Festival will open with the feature film Mud, a film by director Jeff Nichols. Mud is the story of two Arkansas teens who befriend a gritty, superstitious stranger named Mud played by Matthew McConaughey.  Ray McKinnon, local filmmaker and co-star of Mud, will be in attendance on opening night.  The Atlanta Film Festival’s final premiere will take place on Saturday, March 23 at The Plaza Theatre and will feature 2013 Sundance Film Festival breakout hit The Spectacular Now. The film was directed by Georgia native James Ponsoldt, who will also be in attendance. The Spectacular Now stars Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Miles Teller (Footloose) and Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty).  Both Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller were awarded U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prizes for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival with director James Ponsoldt receiving a nomination for Grand Jury Prize.  The final day of the festival, March 24, will be dedicated to encore presentations of fan favorites and critics’ choices.

“The Atlanta Film Festival is entering its 37th year with an inspiring and exciting list of films,” said Atlanta Film Festival Executive Director Chris Escobar.  “We’ve hit a new milestone with over 2,800 submissions, and the quality of choices continues to only get better and better. The 201 films scheduled to be shown were truly the best of the best and we’re excited to be able to present them at our new partner venues the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages.”

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About the Atlanta Film Festival

The Atlanta Film Festival, now in its fourth decade, is one of the region’s largest and longest-running preeminent celebrations of cinema in the Southeast United States.  Over 25,000 festival attendees enjoy independent, animated, documentary, and short films each year, selected from over 2,200 submissions.  Atlanta Film Festival 365, the arts non-profit which produces the Atlanta Film Festival annually also schedules screenings, discussions, workshops and panels year-round to keep cinema top of mind and the art & culture community talking.

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