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Atlanta Film Society

The Atlanta Film Society is a membership-based 501(c)(3) arts non-profit.

Now celebrating a 42-year history, the Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS) is one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the promotion and education of film in the United States. ATLFS aims unite the Atlanta community by serving artists in creative growth and inspiring audiences through the power of the moving image. Enriching the community through screenings, classes, workshops and other events year-round, the chief operation of ATLFS is the Atlanta Film Festival.




When is the Atlanta Film Festival?

April 13th, 2018- April 22nd 2018


Where is the Atlanta Film Festival?

Festival Headquarters is located at the Poncey Highland Cafe & Coffee:

  • The Poncey Highland Cafe & Coffee: 640 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306


What are the different ticket types?

General admission tickets admit patrons into a single screening or Creative Conference event. Pre-sale tickets are available online for $10 until 11:59 pm the night before the screening, while same-day tickets are available to purchase for $12 at any venue’s Box Office (excluding Druid Hills Presbyterian Church).


Opening/Closing Night screening and party tickets are also available online or at the door for $50. These tickets are subject to availability.


Festival Badges have varying admission privileges depending on the badge type. All badges include a year-round membership to the Atlanta Film Society and Buddy Passes that allow a single plus one to attend a Festival event with the badge holder in Line A.

  • Film Badge admits the badge holder to all screenings via Line A.

  • Film & Conference Badge admits the badge holder to all screenings and Creative Conference events via Line A.

  • All-Access Badge admits all badge holders to screenings, Creative Conference events, and accompanying buddy pass holders via Line A.

  • Producer Badge admits the badge holder and a plus one to any screening, Creative Conference event, or party for the entirety of the Festival. This badge also includes ATLFF merchandise and access to the Filmmaker Brunch.  

  • MovieHopper Card admits the card holder into any screening via the Standby Line, given that seats are available after both Line A and Line B are seated.


What if I need ADA Accommodation?
If you need reasonable modifications due to a disability, including communications in an alternate format, in order to participate in any County-sponsored event, please contact us at 470-296-0170 or via e-mail at  Please contact us seven days (7) in advance of the event to facilitate your request. Also, please note The Plaza Theatre has no elevator to it's second floor. We apologize for any inconvenience.


What is a Buddy Pass?

A Buddy Pass allows the ticket holder admittance to any given screening or Creative Conference event in the Standby Line, given that seats are still available. A single Buddy Pass holder may also be admitted to any screening, or Creative Conference event via Line A as long as they are accompanied by a Badge Holder. One Buddy Pass may accompany one badge holder at a time per event. Buddy Passes are not valid for any parties.


Is there a limit to the number of screenings I can attend as badge holder?

All badges and MovieHopper Cards provide all-you-can-watch access for one person to regular film screenings during the festival. Badge holders are admitted 20 minutes prior to showtime, whereas MovieHopper Card holders are admitted approximately 5 minutes prior to showtime, given that seats are still available.


Are there discounts available for tickets and badges?

There is a discount available for all seniors over 60, current students or military personnel (active or retired). To receive a discount on badges, use the discount code MSS50-ATLFF18  in the promo code box and your badge MUST be picked up with a valid ID. Badges are available for pick up at Festival Headquarters (Poncey Highland Cafe & Coffee) 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 4/12 or 10:00 am to 7:00 pm 4/13 through 4/22.


In order to receive a senior/student/military discount on general admission tickets, a valid ID must be presented to the Box Office representatives at the time of ticket purchases. The festival adheres to a strong no refund policy, thus you risk forfeiting your tickets by not having a valid ID upon pickup.


Where do I park?

Parking availability varies for each venue. In all cases carpooling or using public transportation is encouraged.

The Plaza Theater: 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

  • Front & Rear Lots - Free

  • Druid Hills Presbyterian Church              

    • Limited Parking available after 7PM

    • No parking during the daytime and Sunday mornings.

Hilan Theater: 798 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

  • Street parking is available

Dad’s Garage: 569 Ezzard St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

  • Free on-site parking

  • Free Street parking available

Rialto Center for the Arts: 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

  • The Equitable Deck- $4

Woodruff Arts Center: 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

  • Woodruff Arts Center Parking Garage- $15-$20

Highland Inn: 644 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

  • Street parking available

Paris on Ponce: 716 Ponce De Leon Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

  • Valet parking; $10

  • Parking located between Paris on Ponce and Morningstar Storage.

  • Ponce City Market parking (access through Atlanta Beltline); up to $15

  • Overflow parking is on Maiden Ln NE or St Charles Ave NE.

How do I get my tickets?

General admission tickets can be printed at home prior to each screening. You may also use your Eventbrite confirmation from your email. Each venue’s Box Office will open one hour prior to the first screening of the day.


Badges and MovieHopper Cards can be picked up at Festival Headquarters (Poncey Highlands Cafe-next to Highland Inn) between  4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 4/12 or 10:00 am to 7:00 pm 4/13 through 4/22. Badges cannot be picked up at venue Box Offices, so be sure to allow enough time to pick them up prior to the start of screenings and events you would like to attend.


Which badges include priority seating (Line A) and when are those patrons admitted?

Any patrons with the following badges are admitted via Line A and will be seated 20 minutes prior to showtime. All seating is first-come, first-served for all badge holders, so early arrival is essential to acquiring optimal seating. Line A admission is included with any of the following badges:

  • Producer Badge

  • All-Access Badge

  • Film & Conference Badge

  • Film Badge

  • Weekend Badge

  • Filmmaker Badge

  • Industry Badge

  • Press Badge

  • Buddy Pass holders accompanying a badge holder.

Individual ticket holders ($10 in advance/$12 at the door, purchased for individual screenings or events online or at the Box Office) are seated approximately 15 minutes prior to start time. If you do not arrive by the time Line B is admitted, your seat may be released to patrons waiting in the Standby Line, who are seated 5 minutes before the screening begins. It is important to arrive early, particularly for more popular screenings. Please allow plenty of time to park and make your way to the venue.


Is there a badge, or package, to only attend the Creative Conference?

This year, we offer $25 Creative Conference Day Pass for unlimited attendance all day to Creative Conference events. Single Panel tickets can be purchased individually ($10 in advance/$12 at the door). Access to the Creative Conference can also be obtained through the Film & Conference badge.


What does it mean when advance tickets are no longer available?

A limited number of tickets are made available for advance purchase; the rest of our theater seats are reserved for our badge-holders to claim. Should these seats go unclaimed at 5 minutes to showtime, they will be sold to guests waiting in the standby line. Tickets purchased from the standby line are $12. We can accept cash or credit card.


How does the Standby Line work?

All attendees with either a MovieHopper Card, a Buddy Pass without an accompanying Badge Holder, or walk-up patrons looking to purchase tickets to a sold out screening are to wait in the Standby Line. Once badge holders and individual ticket holders are seated, all remaining seats are released to Standby Line (approximately 5 minutes prior to screening). Except for a handful of screenings each year that sell out in advance, there are always a generous number of seats left at every screening for this group.


What does the membership included with my badge entail?

Atlanta Film Society  Membership is included with every badge and MovieHopper Card. Throughout the year, ATLFS members receive invitations to advance screenings of new movies, discounts, free tickets to ATLFS events, and other great perks. All members will be added to our members only email listing to recieve notices. A membership purchased today expires at the end of 2018. For further information, check out


Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Call the Atlanta Film Festival Box Office at (470) 296-0170or email


What's the refund policy?

All purchases are final upon payment. No refunds or transfers will be made available.  





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