Allow me to state the obvious. Summers in Macon are hot and this Summer is shaping up to be one of the warmest yet. With that in mind how does sitting in a quiet, dark, super air-conditioned room surrounded by the smells of popcorn sound to you? Pretty perfect right? I couldn't agree more which is why grabbing a ticket to this year's Macon Film Festival is the smartest way to wrap up your Summer. 


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This year the festival is celebrating 18 years of bringing independent film to Macon! The festival offers a little something for everyone with narrative to documentary films, Georgia-made films, LGBTQ films, student films, and incredible full-dome immersive content like you've never seen before.

Where to watch:

  • Historic Douglass Theatre
  • The Grand Opera House
  • Theatre Macon
  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
  • Museum of Arts & Sciences

Expect after-parties and workshops popping up throughout downtown. With close to 100 films being screened at this year's event you're sure to find a title or two that sparks your interest!

For those of you that have been before you know that there is more to the film festival than just the films. Attendees not only get to see independent films they wouldn't have a chance to see anywhere else but they also get a chance to meet the filmmakers and learn more about their favorite films. Filmmakers travel from around the country during festival weekend to share their work and tell their stories. 


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The festival weekend also serves as the perfect time to visit some of your favorite Macon restaurants for a bite between films, to do some shopping at one of our locally owned stores, or grab a drink at one of downtown's bars/breweries before you line up for an evening's special screening film. After attending one of the festival's after-parties, consider checking in with our friends at Hotel Forty Five to rest up for the next day's activities. Hotel Forty Five is offering an exclusive rate for a limited time for Macon film festival attendees. Book your room today by clicking here or below! You don't want to miss out on staying at this vibrant downtown hotel that's within walking distance to many of the screening venues!

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Alongside an amazing lineup of official selection film titles that screen throughout the day Friday, Saturday and Sunday each festival evening offers a special screening event that you won’t want to miss.

This year's special screening opening night film is the documentary CHASING, CHASING AMY in which filmmaker Sav Rodgers looks back at the 90's film CHASING AMY and its impact on the LGBTQ community. CHASING, CHASING AMY premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this Summer. 

The documentary will be followed by a special Friday evening of immersive films at the Museum of Arts and Sciences and will include a live VJ experience and party with music on the museum's outdoor pavilion. 


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We're bringing the party back to downtown Macon Saturday night with a special free community screening of the 2002 film DRUMLINE with special guest Grammy award winning producer Dallas Austin at the Grand Opera House. Saturday's film will be preceded by a special "Battle of the High School Bands" event judged by Austin alongside other celebrity guests and will feature marching bands from Central Fine Arts & International Baccalaureate Magnet High School, Howard High School and Westside High School. 

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The festival will close with a special documentary screening of IT'S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL in which director Alexandria Bombach explores the music and career of the Indigo Girls through the eyes of the music duo themselves. IT'S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL premiered at Sundance earlier this year. 

We hope you join us for the 18th Annual Macon Film Festival from August 17th - 20th! Learn more about our films and curate your festival experience by visiting us online at We hope to see you at the movies! 

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