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 she 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 include the Oconee River Greenway, Bartram Forest and the Central State Hospital campus, once the largest mental hospital in the world.
Now in its 6th year in 2019, Milledgeville has expanded to the neighbouring city of Eatonton, Georgia for a six-day film festival. It is branded as a Southern Gothic-themed film event, created by filmmakers for filmmakers. Women’s Impact in Filmmaking and New Media are two main focuses of interest for this internationally-flavored line up. Events include screenings in an outdoor midnight horror film viewing on the grounds of the abandoned Central State Hospital, a red carpet awards show with a Golden Globes style dinner, and a Sunday filmmaker’s brunch at Lockerly Arboretum. Come celebrate the festival’s sixth year of great films with Southern Hospitality, April 23-28, 2019!