Throughout the calendar year, AJFF is working to engage and interact with the community on a deeper level. We were incredibly excited to kick-off a renewed Community Engagement focus for the coming year at our recent Breakfast of Champions event.
We called it that, because those present are champions of arts and culture within the greater Atlanta community. These cultural and civic leaders gathered over breakfast at the offices of Greenberg Traurig, a long-time supporter and leader in the AJFF community. Below are some images of the morning and some quotes from those that were there. Over 25 organizations were present with over 75 attending.
As our Community Engagement Manager, Dina Fuchs-Beresin says, "Film is a powerful medium on so many levels and we wanted to bring communities together to explore ways we can harness this tool and use it as a way to begin conversations about important issues that affect us all.”
“It was a pleasure to participate in Breakfast of Champions, see a beautiful sunrise and meet old and make new friends. It was also very delicious, thank you for a treat!” -- Gennadi Nedvigin, Artistic Director, Atlanta Ballet
“Thank you to AJFF for hosting such a lovely breakfast with lively attendees. Indeed, I saw a many people I hadn’t seen in a while, as well as current partners. It was a pleasure to meet many new potential partners. There was great energy in the room.” -- Kristy Winkler, Education Director, Alliance Francaise
And, as Dina says, “As we continue to grow and evolve beyond our annual festival, we look to the larger community to help us shape new programming initiatives and work with us through creative partnerships that showcase evocative movies and pair them with organizations and institutions that recognize the power of film to educate, inspire and build bridges of understanding.”