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Film Festival Panel Discussion


Meet the Festival Organizers: The Inside Scoop on Film Festivals and Film Festival Programming. 7 PM, Tuesday, November 1st, Ciné in downtown Athens.

Join us for a panel discussion with area film festival programmers and organizers! Do you love independent films and film festivals? Have you always wanted to know what goes into festival programming? How to make films that festivals want? Get the inside scoop on how festivals work and how programming decisions get made! The panel will be moderated by Dave Marr, Flagpole columnist and city editor, and a member of Ciné's programming committee.

This event is free and open to the public. Arrive early and enter to win the door prize provided by 6X6.

Panel dicussion participants include:

Sara Beresford, Director/Programmer, EcoFocus Film Festival, Athens GA
Charles Judson, Programmer & Industry Outreach, Atlanta Film Festival
Pam Kohn, Former Director, Robert Osborne Classic Film Festival, Athens GA
Harry Musselwhite, Executive Director, Rome International Film Festival
Terrell Sandfur, Festival Organizer, Macon Film Festival
Ken Sherman, President, Athens Jewish Film Festival
Justin Carter, Festival Producer, Dixie Film Festival

This event is co-presented by:
EcoFocus Film Festival, UGA Filmmaking Union,
Film Athens, Ciné and 6X6.


Film Submission Deadline!


Show us what you've got! Submit your film for the upcoming EcoFocus Film Festival (March 2012) no later than October 22, 2011. No submission fees. Submission details here!


EcoFocus Special Event: General Orders No. 9 with Filmmaker and Composer


Join us on Saturday September 24th at Ciné for a special screening of GENERAL ORDERS No. 9. Reception (catered by The National) at 6:00 PM. Film starts at 7:00 PM and will be accompanied by a live musical performance by composer Chris Hoke, followed by a conversation with filmmaker Robert Persons. (Film Trailer)

This event is co-sponsored by EcoFocus, Ciné, and The National.

Tickets are $12 and available through Additional screenings (without filmmaker and composer) also available.

Awarded for its visionary cinematography, GENERAL ORDERS No. 9 breaks from the constraints of the documentary form as it contemplates the signs of loss and change in the American South.

The stunning culmination of over eleven years of work from first time writer-director Robert Persons, GENERAL ORDERS No. 9 marries experimental filmmaking with an accessible, naturalist sensibility to tell the epic story of the clash between nature and man's progress, and reaches a bittersweet reconciliation all its own.

Told entirely with images, poetry, and music, GENERAL ORDERS No. 9 is unlike any film you have ever seen. A story of maps, dreams, and prayers, it is one last trip down the rabbit hole before it's paved over.


EcoFocus Seeks 2011-2012 Festival Interns


Do you love EcoFocus and want to commit to rolling up your sleeves and helping make the festival a success? EcoFocus Film Festival seeks two enthusiastic and dedicated interns for the 2011-2012 festival season. Interns will report directly to the EcoFocus Director. Internship duration is mid-September 2011 to mid-April 2012, and hours will fluctuate over the course of the season. Applications must be received by Friday, August 26, 2011. Please see intern descriptions (two PDF downloads below) for application instructions and further details. EcoFocus internships offer a great opportunity to learn about and participate in what it takes to execute and complete a film festival.


EcoFocus Announces Next Festival Dates and Call for Film Submissions


We are pleased to announce that the next EcoFocus Film Festival will run March 23-31, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. EcoFocus is excited to bring audiences our fourth festival of engaging and entertaining films about environmental issues. Films submitted for consideration for the 2012 festival will be accepted through September 15, 2011. We are accepting film submissions in three categories: Environmental Features (50 minutes or more), Short Environmental Films (20 minutes or less), and Family Programming (any length). To submit your film, or learn more about the festival, please visit our website and review submission details.


EcoFocus Screening of FRESH at the State Botanical Garden


Join EcoFocus and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on Thursday, April 7th for a screening of the film FRESH. Arrive at 6:30 pm to enjoy a pre-movie reception with beverages, local appetizers, and live music. FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

The event will be held at the Callaway Building Auditorium at the State Botanical Garden in Athens. Tickets are $8 for Botanical Garden Members, $10 for non-members. This film is appropriate (and very inspirational) for older children (10 and up). There is very limited footage portrying animals in indisturial agriculture settings.



Trailer (You Tube)


One Lucky Elephant Screening on Tuesday February 15th


We are excited to announce that EcoFocus and the Animal Voices Film Festival have partnered up to co-present - for the very first time in Athens - the much acclaimed One Lucky Elephant. This is your chance to see what all of the buzz is about. One Lucky Elephant has not only been selected to participate in the 2011 American Documentary Showcase and the mother of all documentary film festivals (the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam), but also has been chosen as one of three documentaries in the inaugural documentary club on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to show this brand new film to Athens audiences, and hope that you make time to join us on Tuesday night, February 15th, at 7:30 PM in the Miller Learning Center (room 171) on the UGA Campus. This event, as well as all films at the Animal Voices Film Festival, is free and open to the public.


So Right So Smart to Screen This Friday, 1/28


This Friday, January 28th, EcoFocus presents two screenings of So Right So Smart at the Green Life Expo at the Athens Classic Center. So Right So Smart is a feature-length documentary that celebrates the success of businesses that have begun to take positive steps toward a sustainable future. This film was featured at our 2009 festival, and fans loved it.

After the films on Fr