Our History

The ME Film Festival (Milledgeville-Eatonton) is an international industry initiative founded in 2013 as the Milledgeville Film Festival.  While working in Middle Georgia on the reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”, producer Jeremiah Bennett and Director BJ Golnick realized Milledgeville was a treasure trove for unique filming sites.  Not only is Milledgeville the antebellum capital of Georgia, she is also home of acclaimed author Flannery O’Connor, whose family farm Andalusia is a world-wide pilgrimage destination.  O’Connor’s alma mater “Georgia State College for Women”, located in Milledgeville, is now the state’s public liberal arts university, known as Georgia College.  Other hidden jewels in the area include the Oconee River Greenway, Bartram Forest, and the Central State Hospital campus, once the largest mental hospital in the world.

 

Now in its 8th year, the ME Film Festival, focused on international collections of story-driven films with unique voices, is created by filmmakers for filmmakers from over 25 countries. Events include live screenings, industry panels, after-parties, special filmmaker events, a red-carpet awards show with a Golden Globes style dinner, and a Sunday filmmaker’s brunch.  Due to the pandemic, our festival’s eighth year of great films with Southern Hospitality will be held virtually, exclusively on the MOKO streaming platform.