Cobb County, Ga. – (July 18, 2019) – The Cobb International Film Festival will be August 1- 4, 2019 at the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre.  Tickets range from $15 to $50.  Times vary by day.  Tickets and a schedule can be accessed at

This will be the fifth year for the Cobb International Film Festival, formerly known as the Marietta International Film Festival.  It will showcase feature-length films, short films and documentary films from filmmakers at all different levels and from around the world.

Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 will showcase a new component of the festival:  panel discussions and workshops with industry experts, including “Auditioning in Georgia and How to Succeed” and “The One Fact Every Actor Needs to Know About Series Television.”  

The highlight of the festival is the awards program which takes place on Sunday, August 4 and recognizes the best entries in the Cobb International Film Festival.  Sixteen awards will be given, ranging from Best Films, Best Actors and Actresses, Best Cinematography, Best Writing and Best Soundtrack.

Richard Tavernaro, the festival’s founder and executive director, said “This festival is a meeting place for filmmakers and people who are interested in the world in all its variety and different approaches to life. The festival offers filmmakers a platform to introduce their work and discuss topics shown in the film as well as the filmmaking process to encourage and create dialogue between people.”

The Cobb International Film Festival is a collaboration between Long Shot Productions, The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, Agency 850, Cobb Travel & Tourism, the City of Marietta and Cobb County Government.

“The Cobb International Film Festival will showcase Cobb’s presence in the film industry and gives people the chance to connect and learn from industry experts,” said Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce.  “Because of the growth and presence of the film industry throughout our entire county, we are excited that after four years in our community, this film festival is being rebranded as the Cobb International Film Festival.” 

In 2016, the Cobb International Film Festival began a partnership with Film Racing, a company that creates unique and inspiring competitions for filmmakers.  The Cobb International Film Festival includes the screenings and awards program for the top fifteen international finalists of the 24-Hour Film Race. 

This year, the Cobb International Film Festival entered into a partnership with the inaugural Cobb International Festival, held at Jim R. Miller Park the same weekend as the film festival, further enhancing the international flavor of both festivals.

Holly Quinlan, the Camera-Ready Liaison for the state in Cobb and President and CEO of Cobb Travel & Tourism, said, “The Cobb International Film Festival gives our county an avenue to showcase films from around the world, teach those who want to learn more about the industry through the workshops, and recognize independent artists who excel at their craft.”

To purchase your tickets, learn more about the film festival, view the schedule of events and see the list of film entries, visit


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