omari hardwick

Omari Hardwick

*Atlanta  — Since 2006, the Peachtree Village International Film Festival (PVIFF), has brought the best of the best to Atlanta, and this year is no exception.

With a 2012 programming line-up that features expanded creative and technical panels and workshops, conducted by some of the leading professionals in the entertainment industry, PVIFF2012 will once again demonstrate why it’s the most prestigious African-American film and arts festival in the southeast.  The 4-day festival will be held once again at the W Hotel in midtown Atlanta.

Highlights from this year’s festival will include a special 20th anniversary celebration of “Boomerang,” featuring a special audience with its director Reggie Hudlin; a special screening series featuring Studio 11 Films showcasing 11 short films produced and directed by new talented artists mentored by actress Lisa Raye, actors Mel Jackson, Tommy Ford and others. The PVIFF2012’s Casting Workshop will be conducted by noted Casting Director, Nancy Klopper (“Ray,” “Fantastic Four”). The always popular pre-festival, PVIFF CONVERSATION SERIES will again offer intimate discussions with leading Hollywood executives. This year’s series will feature Klopper, director Reggie Hudlin (“House Party,” “Boomerang”), Nikkole Denson-Randolph, VP, Specialty & Alternative Content for theatre giant AMC, and screenwriter Herschel Weingrod (“Brewster’s Millions”).

“What we have to offer our guests each year just keeps getting better and better,” says PVIFF Executive Director, Len Gibson. “After carefully monitoring the comments made by our audiences over the years, we have expanded our programming this year to include a greater focus on casting and finance to better meet their needs. Our goal is to provide our attendees with a better take-away experience in both areas when they leave the festival.”

In addition to the Casting Workshop, PVIFF2012 will produce an additional Casting Panel that will include emerging actors Natauri Naughton (“Notorious” and “Lottery Ticket”), Chadwick Boatsman (star of the upcoming bio-pic on baseball great Jackie Robinson) and Atlanta’s own, actor Greg Allan Williams (“Necessary Roughness,” “W,” “The Preacher’s Kid,” etc.) as panelists. The always popular Finance & Distribution panel will feature Hollywood stalwarts, executive Joseph Chinese (Entertainment Partners) and Nikkole Denson-Randolph, who will also join the popular “How to Get Your Project Greenlit” panel.

In partnership with the HBCU Network, PVIFF2012 will screen and announce the winner of the HBUC Film Festival.  PVIFF2012 has also partnered with See Soul, Inc. ( which will offer digital distribution to top films that screen this year.  Other partnerships include the International Soul Music Summit (ISMS- and the Curacao Music & Film Festival (

“I am thrilled at the level of respect that PVIFF continues to gain from within the film industry  and film lovers alike,” adds Gibson. “As we move past our 7th year, expect PVIFF to play a bigger role in services the needs of the growing southeast film community”.

The 2012 Peachtree Village International Festival is sponsored by: Entertainment Partners, Georgia Lottery, In Atlanta Media, Party Peekers, Restlyss Style Magazine, Trendsetters Magazine, Alliance Française d’Atlanta, Rolling Out Magazine, The Source Magazine,,, EURweb, Primer Mundo Cigars, Vita CoCo, Get Connected, The Law offices of Womble Carlyle, Atlanta Photographers Network, Platinum Creations Catering, Jonell PR Brand, Kennesaw State University, Emory University and more.

Established in 2006, the core mission of the PVIFF is to promote cultural diversity within the arts. Through its film showcases and programming, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry.

The Peachtree International Film Festival (PVIFF) is a property of GIPP Museums, Inc., an Atlanta-based non-profit founded by Len Gibson (CEO). For full details on this year’s festival, please visit

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