The ME Film Festival (Milledgeville-Eatonton) is an international industry initiative founded in 2013 as the Milledgeville Film Festival. While working in Middle Georgia on the reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”, producer Jeremiah Bennett and Director BJ Golnick realized Milledgeville was a treasure trove for unique filming sites. Not only is she the antebellum capital of Georgia, she is also home of acclaimed author Flannery O’Connor, whose family farm Andalusia is a world-wide pilgrimage destination. O’Connor’s alma mater “Georgia State College for Women” located in Milledgeville is now the state’s public liberal arts university, known as Georgia College. Other hidden jewels include the Oconee River Greenway, Bartram Forest and the Central State Hospital campus, once the largest mental hospital in the world.
The 7th annual ME Film Festival will showcase filmmaking talents from more than 45 countries over seven days. Located in the heart of central Georgia, the ME Film Festival sets itself apart by creating an intimate atmosphere between other filmmakers and industry professionals, fostering unique and worthwhile networking opportunities you’re unlikely to receive anywhere else.
The industry panels offered are wide-ranging, providing experienced insight into craft building, crowdfunding, and social issues in the film industry. Past guests and panelists have included actors Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr, Scott Takeda (Gone Girl, Everything Must Go) and April Billingsley (The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries), industry Executive John Heinsen (VP of New Media, Producers Guild of America), and writer Jesse Zwick (Parenthood, About Alex). Our keynote speakers have included Academy Award Nominated producers Cathleen Sutherland (Boyhood) and Rachel Winters (Dallas Buyers Club).
In its 6th year in 2019, Milledgeville Film Festival expanded to the neighbouring city of Eatonton, Georgia for a six-day film festival. It is branded as a Southern Gothic-themed film event, created by filmmakers for filmmakers. Women’s Impact in Filmmaking and New Media are two main focuses of interest for this internationally-flavored line up. Events include screenings in an outdoor midnight horror film viewing on the grounds of the abandoned Central State Hospital, a red carpet awards show with a Golden Globes style dinner, and a Sunday filmmaker’s brunch at Lockerly Arboretum.
Come celebrate the festival’s 7th year of great films with Southern Hospitality, May 18-24, 2020.
For more information on the festival, visit the Milledgeville Film Festival website.