The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) has announced its 2012 lineup of narrative and documentary features and short films for this year’s festival, March 23-April 1.  Over the course of 10 days, the ATLFF will screen more than 125 films curated from over 1,500 submissions, and with many participating filmmakers and industry professionals.

The Atlanta Film Festival will open with the feature film L!fe Happens, a film by director Kat Coiro about three Los Angelenos and what happens when a one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy. Co-writer Krysten Ritter stars in the film along with Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson. Director Kat Coiro and Krysten Ritter will be in attendance on opening night. The Atlanta Film Festival closing night will take place on Saturday, March 31 and will feature The Cabin in the Woods, the highly anticipated horror film starring Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Connolly. The final day of the festival, April 1 will be dedicated to encore presentations of fan favorites and critics’ choices.

The program consists of 29 Narrative Features, 26 Documentary Features and 9 Short Program Presentations with over 50 features/shorts with ties to Georgia. The festival’s main competition consists of 7 Narrative Features, 3 Pink Peach (LGBT) Features, and 8 Documentary Features battling for their category’s Grand Jury Prize. This year’s festival will also mark the introduction of the Atlanta Gem series which highlights venues around the city. Each Gem Series presentation is paired with a film to help highlight that location’s unique place within our city’s culture. Additional information about the Atlanta Gems series and other specialized programming will be announced over the coming days.

“We are excited to announce this year’s lineup. With over fifty films that have Georgia connections, this year’s festival truly is a tribute to the talent from our state,” said Atlanta Film Festival Board President Walker Anderson. “We are also happy to be highlighting venues across this city and to bring the festival to many different neighborhoods and communities. We are grateful to the film-lovers and arts supporters who turn out each year for the festival and are thrilled by the selections we have to offer them this year.”

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.