Posted on: November 11, 2023 Posted by: Christina Bronner Comments: 0





ATLANTA (November 7, 2023) — The 18th Annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival (PVIFF 2023), the Southeast’s premier international film and arts festival, is back with a renewed vigor, exciting new partnerships, educational forums, and networking opportunities. Join us from December 6th to 9th, 2023, in the vibrant city of Atlanta, GA.


PVIFF 2023 promises to be a stellar year, featuring new and captivating films, screenplays, documentaries, panels, workshops, and special events that you won’t want to miss. As PVIFF celebrates its 18th anniversary, we take pride in the remarkable success that our filmmakers and award winners have achieved over the past decade after premiering at our esteemed event. “At PVIFF, we provide a platform that fosters collaboration between creatives and industry professionals. Considering the SAG strike this year in which we support we are focusing more on the business of filmmaking and how other facets of entertainment plays an integral part in producing quality content.  Though we are still amid this much needed strike we are optimistically excited about the future of content production,” says PVIFF’s CEO and Founder, Len Gibson.

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PVIFF enters its seventh year in partnership with the thriving film, media, and art digital platform, JARO Media Services. JARO is proud to sponsor the 6th Annual Short Film Competition at PVIFF. The top three winners of the PVIFF Short Films/Short Docs Competition, sponsored by JARO, will receive special awards, cash prizes, cross-promotion, and a minimum of three months’ distribution on their platform. “We are thrilled about our partnership with PVIFF at JARO. Our goal is to discover exceptional content that resonates with a wide audience, and we believe that PVIFF consistently offers outstanding content from their talented filmmakers,” says JARO’s Founder and CEO, Richard DeVaughn.


Each year, PVIFF highlights a successful film or television series. This year, we will honor the cast and crew of Viacom’s / MTV “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” series for their remarkable success.


“After 18 years, we are still growing and evolving. Stay tuned for an incredible event featuring exceptional films, engaging panels, and a gathering of talented and resourceful individuals. We are excited to be celebrating 50 years of Hip Hop as well. We are all aware of the marriage between Music, Sound and Visuals, Commercials, Video games, Videos, Film & Television content. We will also have virtual events for our fans and supporters from across the nation and around the world who can’t attend in person. Thank you all for your continued support,” said PVIFF President and Founder, James “JB” Brown.


Festival Highlights:


– PVIFF’s opening night premiere will showcase the highly anticipated indie documentary feature film “On The Line: The Richard Williams Story,” followed by a Q&A with the Williams family on Wednesday, December 6th at 6 p.m. at the historic Auburn Avenue Research Library, sponsored by Fulton County.

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– PVIFF will feature more 60 Shorts, Features, Documentaries, Web Series and Music Videos and Screenplays at this year’s events.  Some of the highly anticipated screenings includes the premiere of the indie  BET feature “For What It’s Worth” written by LaJill Hunt, Directed by Courtney Arlett, produced and executive produced by Loretta Wilson with A Bold Media (“BET Awards,” “My Valentine Crush” etc.) produced by Gregory Anderson (“Stomp The Yard,” “The Family Business” etc.), Lem Collins (“The Bottom,” “I Got A Story To Tell” etc.) etc.  The film stars: Jermel Howard (“Power,” “Salt-N-Pepa” etc.) Leslie Black (“Chicago Med,” “Muzzle” etc.), Angelo Diaz (“ATL Homicide,” “Law & Order: Organized Crime” etc.), CJ Williams (“All The Queen’s Men” “Trophy Wife” etc.) and more.  “For What It’s Wortth” screens at the Central Library Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2023 followed by a Q&A with the cast & crew.


– PVIFF will also premiere “My Favorite Holiday,” directed and produced by PVIFF Alum Tabari Sturdivant alongside producer/casting director LaQuanda Plantt featuring a stellar cast. “My Favorite Holiday” will premiere on Thursday, December 7th followed by a premiere party as a part of PVIFF’s Exchange Mixer at Omni Coffee & Eggs.

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-PVIFF will also debut an ongoing workshop entitled An Actors’ Scene Study with acclaimed actors Lamman Rucker (“Greenleaf,” “Meet The Browns,” “Why Did I Get Married” etc.) and Javon Johnson (“The Oval,” “American Soul,” “The Hate You Give” etc.).   Rucker and Johnson will share decades of experience with working and aspiring actors as they provide training to help actors develop and refine their skills in analyzing and performing scenes from plays, films and or television shows.  In this workshop, actors will work in small groups or pairs and will be assigned scenes to study.  This dynamic workshop will take place on Friday, Dec. 8th 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9th 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  at the event center inside of Omni Coffee & Eggs, 261 Peter St, SW Atlanta, GA 30313.  Seating is extremely limited.


– Other distinguished guests at PVIFF this year include finance veteran, producer, and founder and CEO of the new acclaimed content platform Larry Meistrich (“Sling Blade,” “Belly,” “New Jersey Drive” etc.) Greg Maurice, producer and distribution executive credited for 100 Million + licensed film and television deals to date, executive producer and financier Dolapo Erintola, Vice President of Operations and Channel Planning for MTV Entertainment Group, Ti-Shea Meadows, producer and founder of A Bold Move Media, Loretta Wilson, acclaimed actress, Erica Hubbard, acclaimed actor Roger G. Smith, Charmin Lee, Carl Gilliard, acting instructor, Jonna Neagele, attorney and Fulton County Commissioner, Marvin Arrington and many more.

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– PVIFF’s annual awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9th at 6 p.m. at the Rialto Center for Performing Arts.  Receiving awards this year at PVIFF will be acclaimed actor, Roger G. Smith (“Do The Right Thing,” “Till,”  “Dope” etc.), actor, Johnell Young (“Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” “Kold X Windy,” “Tales”etc.), a special musical tribute celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop honoring the family of acclaimed R&B Soul Artist, Curtis Mayfield, acclaimed Hip Hop Legend Kool Moe Dee and more. The show will be hosted by acclaimed actor Tobis Truvillion (“Empire,” “Best Man: The Final Chapters” etc.) and will also feature surprise live musical performances, surprise guest appearances and more.


-PVIFF has also been committed to helping screenwriters improve their craft, and this year, we will feature the live taping of a new series entitled “The Script,” produced and hosted by actor Brad James, with special guest appearances by acclaimed actors.


Another significant event at PVIFF this year is the live and virtual table reads hosted by 2023 screenwriter finalists, featuring actors chosen by PVIFF staff and this year’s screenwriting competition finalists.


PVIFF 2023 proudly acknowledges its sponsors, including Fulton Films, 712 Vodka, Mayvenn, JARO Media, Georgia Film Commission, Upscale Magazine, Southern Barter Club, Omni Coffee & Eggs, Fulton County, GO Media Productions, InkTip, Studiovity, Producers in Pajamas, Arrington & Phillips, L.L.P., Talent Connect, AQV Films, Divas Incorporated, LLC and many more.



The Peachtree Village International Film Festival, founded in 2006 by Len Gibson and James “JB” Brown, is dedicated to fostering the careers of filmmakers and artists in the film and entertainment industry. PVIFF showcases feature-length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the world. Through innovative workshops, panels, parties, and more, PVIFF is poised to become one of the most celebrated film events, creating opportunities for filmmakers, business owners, and film enthusiasts. For more information and tickets for PVIFF 2023, please visit