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ATLANTA -- 175 documentaries, animated films and shorts are featured in the 38th annual Atlanta Film Festival. It's one of the largest and longest-running festivals like it in the country. The week-long event is now only an opportunity for filmmakers to highlight their work but they're also competing for Oscar-qualification.

More than 3,000 submissions were whittled down to 175 for the 2014 festival which runs from March 28-April 6.

Atlanta Film Festival Executive Director Christopher Escobar calls the selection process "excruciating".

"We have a really hard-working staff and a really committed screening committee with folks from all over the community that are watching over 60 days worth of content. If you were to play it back to back, that's how long it would be," Escobar said.

In addition to screenings, the event is also an opportunity for people to mix and mingle with filmmakers, aspiring filmmakers and take seminars. Last year, the festival moved its official location to the historic Plaza Theatre. 7 Stages Theatre also serves as a festival venue.

Click here for more information on tickets, trailers, film festival events and getting involved in the festival.

Now in its fourth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival showcases narratives, documentaries and animated features from March 28-April 6, 2014.

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