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The educational workshops, panels and conversations taking place virtually and in person from April 21 - May 1 will feature industry experts with credits including “Mare of Easttown”, “Stranger Things”, “The Walking Dead”, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and more.

ATLANTA, GA (April 15, 2022) — Today, the 46th annual Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) announced its lineup of Creative Conference panels, workshops and conversations that will take place during the 2022 event from April 21 – May 1, 2022. This will be the 12th year that ATLFF has curated a robust lineup of educational programming, known as the Creative Conference, as part of the annual film festival. This year, the Creative Conference will offer more than 25 events, including five in-person panel discussions and more than 20 panels and one-on-one, in-depth virtual conversations with industry experts from Georgia to New York and Los Angeles.

The Creative Conference serves to educate, entertain, engage, and enlighten festival-goers by pulling back the curtain on film and television production, giving audiences a behind-the-scenes look at how projects get made. While covering a wide range of topics, this year’s programming will focus on screenwriting. Additional topics will include showrunning, directing, producing, acting, cinematography, pitching, podcasting, editing and post-production sound mixing.

"The Creative Conference is more accessible than ever this year,” said Linda Burns, a 30-year industry veteran and Creative Conference Director. “We are so excited to be able to share this incredible programming with audiences both in person and virtually. Festival-goers will get the unique opportunity to hear from some of the brightest minds in film, television, podcasting, and more in order to better understand the behind-the-scenes aspects of how projects get made and how the creative process works from start to finish.”

The panels will feature revealing conversations with some of the most admired and sought-after artists in their respective fields. Most notably, Gotham and Independent Spirit Award-nominated writer, producer and director Cherien Dabis will lead a discussion on directing for television. With directing credits including “Ozark”, “Ramy” and “Only Murders in the Building”, Dabis has also been nominated for the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize twice and won the coveted FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, Emmy-nominated director, writer, and producer Craig Zobel (“Mare of Easttown”) will dive headfirst into the craft of screenwriting during his panel on directing and writing for film and television, as well as some of the boundary-pushing projects he has created and been a part of throughout his decades-long career. Antonia Gentry, star of Netflix’s hit show “Ginny & Georgia” and a recent graduate of Emory University, will participate on a panel featuring Atlanta's own rising stars, talking through how they got started in acting and their first major roles.

As with the lineup of 160+ selected works and Marquee screenings, 2022 Creative Conference programming will highlight underrepresented filmmakers and stories. Panel topics that will explore diversity, equity and inclusion in film and television include: “Creating Stories and Opportunities for a Female, Brown, and Muslim Community”; “The Future of Television: Bigger, Black and More Women!”; “The Need for More AAPI Representation in Film, Music, and Journalism”; and “Voices of Color Above the Line.”

Additional participants in this year’s Creative Conference panels include actors Danielle Deadwyler (“Station Eleven,” “The Harder They Fall”), Priah Ferguson (“Stranger Things,”) and Luke David Blumm (“The Walking Dead,” “Where the Crawdad Sings”); writers and directors LaToya Morgan (“Shameless,” “Parenthood,” “The Walking Dead”), Stacey Muhammad (“First Wives Club,” “Harlem,” “Black-ish”), Alessando Tanaka (“Animal Practice,” “Dice”), Rochée Jeffrey (“SMILF,” “Woke”); editors Inëz Czymbor (“Black Panther,” “WandaVision”), Barry Murphy (“Spider-Man: No Way Home”), Alexandra Fehrman (“Everything Everywhere All At Once,” “CODA”), Bryan Parker (“Julia,” “The Underground Railroad”) and more.

All Creative Conference content, other than in-person panels, will be available for streaming worldwide during the entire 11 days of the festival. In-person panels will not be offered virtually. Festival passes are on sale now at Creative Conference individual virtual and in-person event tickets are currently $9.99-$12 or $85 for unlimited virtual access. Prices will increase on April 21, 2022.

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