Columbia Filmmakers at 2023 Atlanta Film Festival

Aisha Amin
April 21, 2023

Columbia filmmakers are making waves at this year's 47th annual Atlanta Film Festival. 

Three short films created by Film alumni have been selected to screen at the prestigious event.

Sound to Sea, a short film written and directed by Ryan Craver '20, produced by Barbara Twist '20, co-produced by Glenn Brown '20, Lauren Fondren '22 and Patrick Nichols '22, follows a closeted middle-schooler who befriends the attractive new kid on an overnight biology field trip. Over the course of the trip, he's forced to confront his queer identity, his relationship to his male anatomy, and his uncomfortable niche in the ecosystem known as eighth grade.

Homesick, a short film written and directed by Film student Valeria Contreras and produced by student Kevin Lee, follows a young couple separated by a pandemic and the US–Mexico Border as they struggle to hold on to each other.

TikTok Challenged, written and directed by student Ivan Rome and produced by student Yoko Kohmoto, follows Claretha, a soap opera-loving grandmother, who has always dreamed of being a star—and she's finally got her chance: TikTok. To go viral though, she needs a little help from her grandson, Daryl, who didn't exactly plan on spending the day teaching her how to do the newest TikTok dance.

This year’s Atlanta Film Festival takes place April 20–30, 2023. The festival includes a full lineup of works selected from nearly 10,000 submissions. The lineup of 155 films will feature diverse filmmakers who continue to uplift voices and stories from around the world. The festival and accompanying educational conference will take place at multiple venues in Atlanta and virtually. 

Christopher Escobar, Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Festival, said, “We are thrilled to return for our 47th annual festival with both an in-person and virtual format, allowing our films and content to be more accessible than ever. This year’s lineup is once again full of unique programming from a variety of diverse voices from the local Atlanta community and around the world. We can’t wait to welcome audiences back this April."