Educate and Protect Yourself with our Legal Workshop Series

The Atlanta Film Festival and Deborah Gonzales, Esq. are excited to partner for three affordable and invaluable workshops, laying out the legal fundamentals every filmmaker and televsion content creator needs in their knowledge-base.

It won't make you an attorney, but it will give you enough information to know how to protect yourself and how to keep your film and/or TV project legal!

All three classes take place on Saturday, June 28th in the Sub-Basement at 25 Park Place NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

You must register by Thursday, June 26th at 5:00 PM.

Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. is an entertainment attorney licensed in New York and Georgia who handles all legal aspects of the creative process in film and television, from option contracts to distribution. Clients includes producers, screen writers, actors and studios, among others. 

Eventbrite - Legal Workshop Series | Film Legal 101


9:30AM to 12:30PM
Total Capacity: 50 Students
$75.00 Non-Member, $60.00 ATLFF Members

This three-hour session will cover the three C's of filmmaking law: copyrights, contracts and clearances. In addition, it will offer insights into the following: 

  • Film & TV Industry's Current Status
  • Latest Hollywood Legal Disputes
  • Special Legal Considerations (i.e. casting minors)
  • Insurance & Financial Concerns
  • and more!
Eventbrite - Legal Workshop Series | Doc Legal 101


1:30PM to 3:30PM
Total Capacity: 25 Students
$50.00 Non-Member, $40.00 ATLFF Members

The development and production of documentary films and shorts have a host of different legal consideration we will discuss in this two-hour session. Topics covered will include:

  • Life Story Rights

  • Trademark & Copyright Considerations of Third-Parties

  • Liability for Defamation & Publicity Rights Violations

  • and more!

Eventbrite - Legal Workshop Series | Reality TV Legal 101


4:00PM to 6:00PM
Total Capacity: 25 Students
$50.00 Non-Member, $40.00 ATLFF Members

The last two-hour session of our legal series focuses on the legal nuances of reality TV shows -- from idea submission and pitching agreements to participant waivers and contingency agreements. Further topics covered will include:

  • Digital Streaming & Social Media Legal Concerns
  • FCC Navigation
  • Crisis Management
  • and more!


DISCLAIMER: These sessions are provided for general educational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice. Participation in these workshops DOES NOT create an attorney-client relationship with the facilitator. 


Interested in being the first to find out about workshops and film industry opportunities like this one, and receive a 20% discount in the process? Become a member of the Atlanta Film Festival today and receive year-round benefits such as: invitations to advanced screenings, free tickets to special ATLFF screenings at The Plaza Theatre, access to free members-only workshops and webinars, a 20% discount on year-round screenings, events, and workshops, and much more! 

Plus, every membership comes with access to our annual 10-day film festival -- March 20-29th, 2015. Memberships purchased now will provide you with access to all of the above mentioned benefits until 12.31.2015!

For more details regarding our membership and festival pass/card options, or to receive expedited membership subscription in order to take advantage of a discount on this class series, please email Jessica Hinckle ( for further information.

As always, thank you for supporting the Atlanta Film Festival!