Atlanta, GA

New film training program launches in Atlanta

Gené Hunter
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(ATLANTA, Ga.) With Atlanta becoming a staple location for the film and entertainment industry, the city and the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment (AMOFE) created a program for individuals interested in a career in film.

The initiative, Set Southern Production Assistant Training Program (Set South PA Program) partnered with United Way of Greater Atlanta and The Georgia Film Academy to benefit underserved Atlantans. The program will also receive legal guidance from Bloomberg Associates, a pro-bono municipal consulting firm, according to a press release.

Currently, Disney is a lead supporter of the Set South PA Program. Local sponsors are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The program is free of charge and works to connect unemployed and underemployed Atlants to careers in the film industry. The first class will host 15 students and plans to expand into multiple cohorts with a cap of 25 students each.

Throughout the four weeks, students will participate in a curriculum crafted by The Georgia Film Academy and will teach set etiquette, standard practices, mock set experiences and more to provide hands-on experience.

The program is free of charge and no previous production experience is required. Once students complete the training, the program will assist with job placement and mentorship. Productions that receive permits from the City of Atlanta will be encouraged to hire Set South graduates on their production.

Applications are currently being accepted for the inaugural class, set to start on Oct. 4.

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