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Free Virtual Events At Atlanta Film Festival

by Soraya Alcalá


The Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference (ATLFF), which began on Thursday, September 17, 2020 and will run through Sunday, September 27, 2020, is hosting five virtual events on COVID-19-related topics affecting the film industry and has made them available to view online without cost. The complimentary panels are part of the Creative Conference, ATLFF’s series of educational workshops, panels and Masterclasses. The COVID-19 panels and additional paid Creative Conference events are available on demand virtually through the end of the festival.

The five free Creative Conference events feature panels of actors, producers, casting directors, crew members and more involved in the film industry discussing the challenges of working in the industry during the unprecedented pandemic. The panel topics include: “Casting in the Age of COVID;” “COVID Testing and Film Production;” “Actors Roundtable – Truly Vulnerable;” “COVID and the Crew;” and “Remote Post-Production in the Age of COVID”.

In addition to the free events, the final lineup of the 44th annual festival includes 50 drive-in and 127 digital screenings from selected works. There are 27 additional Creative Conference events available for purchase, including three livestream scheduled events. Among the headlining livestreams is a Masterclass with award-winning writer and director Damon Lindelof, whose Georgia-lensed series “Watchmen” just won 11 Emmys at the 2020 ceremony.


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COVID Testing and Film Production

Panelists: Producers Patricia Taylor & Gabrielle Pickle

Moderator: Producer and Creative Conference Director Linda Burns

Description: Panel: Speed, affordability and accuracy continue to pose a challenge to productions gearing up for fall, especially indies. Fresh off a Georgia film shoot, producers share what they learned about COVID testing, results lags and test efficacy.

Link to view: https://watch.eventive.org/atlantafilmfestival2020/play/5f5698b7b6231b00299f5a94

Casting in the Age of COVID

Panelists: Regional Set Representative Susan Moss (SAG/AFTRA), Casting Director Jessica Fox-Thigpen & Actor Mike Pniewski

Moderator: Producer and Creative Conference Director Linda Burns

Description: Panel: A casting director and SAG representatives discuss common questions and concerns, as well as what actors should expect from casting and contracts, PPE protocols and how to report non-compliance anonymously.

Link to view: https://watch.eventive.org/atlantafilmfestival2020/play/5f5698b7b6231b00299f5a96

Actors Roundtable – Truly Vulnerable

Panelists: Miles Mussenden, Eric Goins & Meg Messmer

Moderator: SAG / AFTRA Actress Karen Ceesay

Description: Panel: Atlanta-based actors share what it’s like being back to work, from the benefits of being local, occasionally managing their own props and wardrobe tweaks, to crews covered in PPE and managing their own COVID fears.

Link to view: https://watch.eventive.org/atlantafilmfestival2020/play/5f5698b7b6231b00299f5a98

COVID and the Crew

Panelists: Freelance Commercial COVID Compliance Coordinator Keith Pearson, Turner Broadcasting Manager of Production Safety Megan King & Cinematographer and AC Trish Solyn

Moderator: Producer and Creative Conference Director Linda Burns

Description: Panel: Atlanta-based crew members and COVID compliance coordinators share stories from shooting during COVID, the benefits of being local, the challenges of wearing PPE in the Georgia heat, and what’s working and what isn’t.

Link to view: https://watch.eventive.org/atlantafilmfestival2020/play/5f5698b7b6231b00299f5a9a

Remote Post-Production in the Age of COVID

Panelists: Sound Designer Chris Nicholson, Assistant Editor Inëz Czymbor, Composer Ben Holst, Post Production Supervisor Drew Sawyer & ADR Mixer Greg Crawford

Moderator: Georgia State University’s CMII Project Manager Lisa Ferrell

Description: Panel: Georgia’s post-production professionals from various departments discuss working remotely, how coordination, communication and planning are even more important, and the challenges they’ve had to overcome to ‘make it work.’

Link to view: https://watch.eventive.org/atlantafilmfestival2020/play/5f5698b7b6231b00299f5a9c

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