pviff logo*2012 Film Festival Events Marks New Partnerships & Enhanced Programs ATLANTA (February, 27 2012) – The 7th Annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival (PVIFF 2012), the Southeast’s premiere international film and arts festival returns with an exciting schedule of screenings, educational forums and networking from August 16 – 19 at the W-Hotel & Alliance Française d’Atlanta in Colony Square, Atlanta, Georgia.

An impressive lineup of seasoned film and TV professionals will take center stage at PVIFF 2012, headlining workshops that offer an A-Z insight into career opportunities in the business. With topics that range from finance strategies, branding methods, casting techniques, and everything in between, PVIFF 2012 will be the ultimate destination for today’s filmmakers and artists alike.

“We are excited about this year’s festival, which will hit new benchmarks in terms of the content and programs we will be providing our attendees,” says PVIFF Executive Director, Len Gibson. “Our festival has gained a reputation for delivering the nuts and bolts of how to move forward careers in the film and TV industries. Our lineup this year is first class – from the films being screen, workshop and panels, our exciting partnerships and exclusive V.I.P. parties.”

Festival Highlights
In partnership with the International Soul Music Summit & HBCU Connect PVIFF 2012 will launch a virtual component that will allow registrants an opportunity to participate in multiple festival activities. With this new partnership with HBCU Connect the festival will hold a nationwide film competition at Historically Black Colleges & Universities throughout the U.S.

Other partnerships include Emory University and Kennesaw State University. Recently PVIFF partnered with Emory’s Spring Entertainment, Media & Sports class instructed byDr. Susan Hogan. This class will work with PVIFF to develop enhanced marketing and branding strategies and to improve processes.

More than 30 students from Kennesaw State University’s Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program will attend PVIFF 2012 to participate in various panels, workshops and special events. An in-depth panel on the keys to success in the fields of film and television distribution will be programmed by Entertainment Partners (EP). EP will sponsor, host and program this integral panel that will be filled with industry experts and attendees will leave with a world of knowledge.

Confirmed Guests:
Acclaimed casting director Nancy Klopper will be hosting a one of a kind casting workshop/master class offering the do’s and don’ts of casting and how to take your career as an actor from A to Z. Her credits as a casting director include: “Ray,” “The Devil’s Advocate,” “Righteous Kill” and many more.

Acclaimed producer and Chief Operating Officer for the successful TDJ Enterprises & New Dimensions Entertainment, LTD Curtis Wallace. Mr. Wallace will be joining PVIFF’s hit panel “How To Get Your Project Greenlit.” Wallace’s producer credits include “Not Easily Broken,” “Jumping The Broom,” “Sparkle” (Whitney Houston’s final acting soiree prior to her untimely death) and more.

Acclaimed legendary director/producer Michael Schultz will be the subject matter expert in the new exciting panel entitled “The Industry’s Handbook” which will focus on the nuts and bolts of the film and television industry. Mr. Schultz’s directing credits include: “Cooley High,” “Car Wash,” “The Practice,” “Brothers & Sisters” and many more.

Acclaimed producer Shelby Stone, President of Flavor Unit Entertainment will join the “How To Get Your Project Greenlit” panel providing her success secrets on how to get a project from inception to the screen at PVIFF. Stone’s producer credits include “Lackawanna Blues,” “Let’s Stay Together,” “Single Ladies” and many more.

A complete PVIFF lineup will be announced on April, 17th. For additional information, please visit the Peachtree Village International Film Festival website at www.pviff.com. ABOUT THE PEACHTREE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  The Peachtree Village International Film Festival was created in 2006 through the African American Cinema Gallery and the Hispanic Cinema Museum. Originally called the Sweet Auburn Film Festival, the event was rebranded in 2009. Since its inception PVIFF has served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists alike in the film & entertainment industry. This dynamic international film festival showcases feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. PVIFF also feature celebrity attractions, innovative workshops, panels, parties, and much more. PVIFF is poised to become one of the most celebrated film events through dynamic programming and a dedication to helping filmmakers excel in their careers. PVIFF’s brand is entrenched in the old saying “It Takes A Village.” Our vision allows us to create a “village” atmosphere of opportunity for filmmakers, business owners and film enthusiasts.

GA Film Commission, Independent Distribution Group, V-103 FM, Kennesaw State University, Entertainment Partners, Blue Print for Hollywood, Trendsetters to Trendsetters Magazine, Alliance Française d’Atlanta, Productionhub.com, EURweb.com & more. Visit: www.pviff.com for complete sponsorship list.

Press Contacts: PVIFF Media: 678.472.4666