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Atlanta Children’s Film Festival

Celebrating 15 Years!

Promoting Positive, Educational & Entertaining Films for Children

July 7 – 24, 2022

Celebrating 15 Years!

The Atlanta Children’s Film Festival promotes positive, educational, and entertaining children’s and family-oriented films. This educational and fun festival is two weeks of eye-opening and exciting activities which include film screenings, media literacy and film workshops for children, families and industry professionals. One of the goals of this festival is to introduce youth to careers in film and television. 

This year’s film festival will be July 7 – 24, 2022. After two years of a fully virtual format this year will be a hybrid festival. The theme is One Big Family-Creating Together. Sixty films made by and for young people will be screened. The films come from filmmakers from all around the world.

In addition, there will be awesome guest teachers: Allyssa Lewis, Emmy-Award winning animator, Fran Burst-Terranella, Emmy-Award winning independent film and television director and producer, Janlatae Mullin, Award winning director, and Kelly Young-Silvia, actress and youth acting instructor. The festival kicks off on July 7th  with an animation workshop, a festival favorite in past years. By popular demand we will showcase films via virtual screening July 18 – 24, 2022. 

To see a listing of films go to:  https://atlcff.eventive.org/welcome


Fun Educational Workshops

Limit 25 students (Ages 7-17)

Intro to Animation with Allyssa Lewis, Emmy-Award winning animator (Online)

Students will learn how to recreate their favorite cartoon show with the assistance of Emmy winning professional television animator, Allyssa A Lewis. Students will walk through the animation pipeline and try their hand at animating and voice acting via stop-motion paper cut-out workshop. You don’t need previous experience or an ability to draw to join in on the fun!

Thursday, July 7, 2022

11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m.


Limit 25 students (Ages 5+)

Create Puppets with the Center for Puppetry Arts (Online)

Students will learn how to build, decorate and the basics of manipulating a puppet in the “Fantastic Friends Workshop.” Materials to make the puppets will be provided.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

11:00 – 12:00 p.m


Intro to Filmmaking Camp (Hybrid) Students will work together and produce a short film. List of classes and times below. ($249 for the Week.) (Scholarships from the Tyler Perry Foundation are available to allow the first 10 students to register take the camp for $100)
Limit 20 students

Intro to Filmmaking (Part 1 – Production Process)

Ages 11-17

Monday, July 11, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Students will learn the production process from pre-production to post-production.

Intro to Filmmaking (Part 2 – Script Writing Workshop)

Ages 11-17

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Students will learn how to write a short film script.

Intro to Filmmaking (Part 3 – Script Writing Workshop)

Ages 11-17

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Students will work together as a writing team to create a short film.

Intro to Filmmaking (Part 4 – Production Workshop) In-Person

Ages 11-17

Thursday, July 14, 2022 (Location TBA)

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Students will learn about film recording equipment, camera movement and composition.

Intro to Filmmaking Part 5 – Editing

Ages 13-17

Friday, June 15, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Students will be introduced to editing using iMovie on a phone or iPad.

Film Festival Family Day

Emory University

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Kelly Young-Siliviais on the set of Coming 2 America with her student, Akiley Love and her mother.

Word in Motion Acting Workshop with Kelly Young-Silvia, Acting Instructor

Do you want to be a professional child actor?  Come find out how with acclaimed acting instructor, Kelly Young-Silvia.  Several of her students have been in top movies including Coming to America II and Aretha.  In this workshop, students will be introduced to the world of acting through fun learning acting techniques. In addition, students will learn how to prepare for an acting audition. Come meet a professional casting director and agent that will give advice to children and parents at the panel discussion: How to Break Into Professional Acting? Participants in the acting class can attend the panel for free.

Limit 40 students (Ages 7-17)

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Panel Discussion fee: $20 if you do not attend the workshop.

Panel Discussion – How to Break into Professional Acting?

Kelly Young-Silvia, Acting Instructor who specializes in teaching youth will host a panel discussion with a professional casting director and agent.

We will have special guest professional child actors who will give advice and tips.

Limit 40 students (Ages 5-17)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m


Media Career Fair

Youth will be introduced to the world of filmmaking, meet media professionals and learn the production process. Students write a short script about themselves and record it on camera. In addition, youth will learn and practice using equipment.

Limit 40 students (Ages 5-17)


Limit 20 students (Ages 5-9)

Storytelling and Play Making with Ms. Ladybug

Join PBS Early Learning Champion, Ms. Ladybug, for a magical storytelling of her first children’s book, Storm Bugs! With movements, sounds, and of course fun. Students will play and learn about what bugs do during a storm. After listening to the story, students will act out a skit with props and costumes and create a fun short video.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m


Limit 25 students (Ages 5-10)

Create Puppets with the Center for Puppetry Arts

Students will learn how to build, decorate and the basics of manipulating a puppet in the “Fantastic Friends Workshop.” Materials to make the puppets will be provided.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Youth Vision–A special screening online of films produced by youth

July 8 -10, 2022

$25.00 Family Screening Pass
$10.00 Individual


Film Screening at  the Film Festival Family Day.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m

$25.00 Family Screening Pass
$10.00 Individual

Virtual Film Showcase – Screening of all films online

July 18 – 24, 2022

$25.00 Family Screening Pass
$10.00 Individual

EVENT BUNDLES- Purchase a special-access pass to multiple events at a discount.

Advance Regular Start of Festival
All Access Pass – Camp, Virtual Workshops & Family Day $175 $200 $225
Filmmaking Camp and all Virtual Workshops $145 $150 $155
Virtual Workshops $30 $35 $40
Family Day -Acting Workshop, Panel Discussion & Fair $70 $75 $80
Family Day – Two Workshops & Media Fair $35 $40 $50 (Day of Event)

All bundles include full access to ACFF’s virtual and in-person film screenings.

Lunch will be served from 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Pizza will be on sale for a $1 a slice.