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|The Narrative Feature category is for fictional films that run 40 minutes or longer. Animated, Experimental, and Puppetry films that meet these guidelines also qualify. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Narrative Feature Competition (acceptance to the festival does not guarantee inclusion in Competition).
|The Documentary Feature category is for non-fiction films that run 40 minutes or longer. Animated and Experimental films that meet these guidelines also qualify. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Documentary Feature Competition (acceptance to the festival does not guarantee inclusion in Competition).
|The Narrative Short category is for fictional films that shorter than 40 minutes. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Narrative Short Competition (acceptance to the festival does not guarantee inclusion in Competition). The winner of the jury award in this category becomes Oscar-Qualified for the Academy Award® for Best Live-Action Short Film.
|The Documentary Short category is for non-fiction films shorter than 40 minutes. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Documentary Short Competition (acceptance to the festival does not guarantee inclusion in Competition). The winner of this category becomes Oscar-Qualified for the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject.
|The Animated Short category is for films shorter than 40 minutes that feature primarily animated content or stop-motion animation. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Animated Short Competition (acceptance to the festival does not guarantee inclusion in Competition). The winner of this category becomes Oscar-Qualified for the Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film.
|The Experimental Short category is for films shorter than 40 minutes. Films submitted in this category will be eligible only for Experimental programming.
Our Experimental programming highlights avant-garde short films that go beyond form and function. These films often reject traditional narrative structure and filmmaking tools, and seek to convey a meaning or story through a unconventional and often abstract application of the film medium.
Experimental films (with few exceptions) do not have the linear, conventional story structure that you would find in narrative or documentary shorts. If your film does not heavily employ abstract or non-narrative tools, it may not belong in this category. For examples of experimental work, see the filmography of Shirley Clarke, Stan Brakhage, or Hollis Frampton. Contact us if you’re unsure whether your project belongs in this category.
|The Music Video category is for original music videos (an official reel, a visual accompaniment and/or representation of a piece of music that’s generally 1-10 minutes in length) and music films (musically structured narrative, experimental, documentary or animated shorts that are no longer than 20 minutes). Songs must be the ORIGINAL composition of the band or musician featured in the video. Covers will not be considered.
|The Puppetry Short category is for films shorter than 40 minutes that feature live-action puppetry primarily but not necessarily exclusively. Stop-motion films belong in the Animated Short category.
|Submissions may include pilots or full-length episodes between 1 and 60 minutes long. Formats include television, mini-series and/or webisodes. Be sure to note any additional or upcoming episodes (with approximate run-times).
|Family Friendly Feature
|The Family Friendly Feature category is for narrative or documentary films that run 40 minutes or longer and are geared towards children under 12. If you have a specific age recommendation, please note this in your submission.
|Please submit a 360-enabled Vimeo/YouTube screener, or both a 360 screener and download link. Downloadable films will be viewed on an HMD (likely Gear VR). For interactive works, please send a video of the project (no builds please).
|As part of our annual Food on Film spotlight, we are accepting features or shorts of any genre whose primary subject matter is food or drink. The food or drink must be heavily featured on screen in the film and play a pivotal role in the plot/subject matter.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
To connect, educate, and engage audiences with the creative industry by supporting artists and providing a platform for their work. We champion cultural diversity, foster artistic growth, and advocate for diverse voices in film and media arts.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Now approaching its 43rd year, the Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is the Southeast’s preeminent celebration of cinema and the flagship production of the Atlanta Film Society. One of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country, ATLFF showcases both emerging and established artists’ works. In addition, the Atlanta Film Festival is one of less than twenty US film festivals that is Academy Award®-qualifying in all three categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short. Recent festivals have seen audiences of over 27,000 film-lovers joining over 300 attending filmmakers in support of moving images that push the boundaries of independent cinema.
Every spring, our 11-day festival—recognized as the Best Film Festival by Creative Loafing, Sunday Paper, 10 Best, and Atlanta Magazine, as well as the Best Spring Festival by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution—presents local and international works selected from over 7,600 submissions representing 50+ countries. ATLFF has been named a “Top 50 Festival Worth the Entry Fee” and one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker magazine. Historically, ATLFF’s program is comprised of approximately 80% - 85% submissions.
ATLFF actively strives to be an inclusive showcase with spotlights on filmmakers of color, LGBTQ+ films (Pink Peach), women filmmakers (New Mavericks), family-friendly programming, Food on Film and/or experimental subjects and themes. Our experimental thread champions films created with conscious, referential use of the medium, rejection of traditional narrative arcs, and opposition to mass media or conventional storytelling practices.
ATLFF’s continued exposure is in part thanks to growing distributor and press outlet attention. Recent distributor attendance includes A24, Paramount, Netflix, Lionsgate, Participant Media, Vimeo, Film Collaborative, Cinelicious Pics, HBO, Turner, XLrator, NBC Universal, Comcast, Archer Gray, Kickstarter and Seed & Spark.
Now in its fourth year, our Georgia Film Award honors a Georgia-made production. A subsidized $20 submission fee is available for submissions that were both shot in Georgia and come from a director with a current Georgia address. Georgia Film submissions will be considered for additional competition categories as applicable.
Cash prizes ranging from $500-$1,000 will accompany the Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animated Short, and Georgia Film Award distinctions.
Alyssa Armand (Programming Director); Cameron McAllister (Associate Director); Christopher Escobar (Executive Director)
We strongly encourage you review the following carefully. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to all of the following rules and terms. All projects that have been submitted by our final deadline and that adhere to the following terms will be considered for inclusion in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival.
If you have any further questions, please visit our FAQ page: http://www.atlantafilmfestival.com/submission-faq/
Each submission must be accompanied by a submission fee paid in full and a working screener in order to be considered. Once we have all necessary materials, the submission will be marked “In Consideration”. It is the submitter’s responsibility to make sure that all requirements are met. If your film has not been listed “In Consideration” within 7 business days of submission, please contact us to find out what is needed to move your film into consideration.
Press kits and cover letters are not required but are appreciated. If you wish to submit either, please attach it to your submission. DO NOT send hard copies to our office; they will be recycled.
All projects must be submitted via secure online screener - either as a password protected Vimeo link attached to your submission, or uploaded directly to Withoutabox or FilmFreeway. The submitter is responsible for ensuring that their screener link and password is active through at least April 15, 2019. In the event of a password or URL change after submitting, email us immediately. If we discover an error with the screener, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. Failure to respond by the final submission deadline will result in disqualification without refund of submission fees. Online screeners must be available to stream, we do not accept any films that must be downloaded.
We DO NOT accept DVD or Blu-Ray screeners. In addition, we cannot accept screener links via email, they MUST be attached to your submission.
For Virtual Reality submissions, you must A) provide a 360-enabled screener, such as Vimeo or YouTube, or B) both a 360 screener and download link. Downloadable films will be viewed on an HMD (likely Gear VR). For interactive works, please send a video of the project (no builds please).
All foreign-language films must be submitted with English subtitles. If we discover a submission is missing subtitles, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. Failure to provide working subtitles by the final submission deadline will result in disqualification without refund of submission fees.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Works-in-progress are accepted with the following stipulations:
Incomplete projects must be clearly listed as such. Films should be marked as either a “Rough Cut” or “Work In Progress/WIP”. All incomplete materials or changes to be made should be clearly indicated (ex: temporary score, missing VFX, no color-correction) both in your cover letter and the film cut itself (ideally as a title card at the start of the film).
The entrant may update their screener up until the final deadline, as long as the link and password for the submission remains the same. However, ATLFF is only responsible for considering the project as it exists at the time of review. We are under no obligation to revisit updated cuts once a screener has been seen. Therefore, you should not submit your project if it is not complete enough to adequately represent the final product.
Updated cuts must be accessible via your Withoutabox/FilmFreeway account. We cannot accept updated cuts via email.
No updated cuts will be accepted after the final submission deadline: November 15, 2018.
If selected, the final version of the film must be available by February 15, 2019.
Please review all submission categories carefully before submitting your project. All entrants are required to pay the submission fee of their film’s appropriate category. If you believe you have submitted your film to the wrong category, contact us immediately. While we can typically facilitate a change in category, the entrant will be responsible for any changes in submission fees. We cannot offer partial refunds for categories with a smaller fee. If the new category has a higher fee, the entrant is responsible for paying the difference.
Submission to multiple categories is not encouraged. Please read category descriptions carefully to determine where your submission belongs. If the entrant wishes to submit to multiple categories, a separate submission fee must be paid for each category. ATLFF reserves the right to determine eligibility of a submission in each respective category. Refunds will not be offered for submission to an inappropriate category.
The Georgia Film category is for any project that was at least partially filmed in Georgia AND comes from a director who resides in the state of Georgia. This category has a flat entry fee of $20. Submissions are only accepted on FilmFreeway, and require a password to submit. If your project applies, email GA@atlantafilmfestival.com. Please allow up to 7 business days for a response.
Films programmed from the Georgia Film category will be eligible for the Georgia Film Award as well as any other juried categories that we may deem appropriate. If you submit to this category without meeting the necessary criteria, you will be disqualified from consideration for the festival and will not be issued a refund.
Please note, submitting in this category makes no difference to the chances of being accepted into the festival, as all local films must stand alongside the other films in ATLFF’s programming. The Georgia Film category is intended as a way to support our local filmmaking community by offering a low-cost means of entry (and also makes it easier for us to identify local films within the thousands of submissions we receive each year).
All projects must have been completed on or after October 1, 2017 to be considered for the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival.
We do not require a World Premiere in any category, but premiere status is taken into consideration when making final selections. Typically, we prefer to screen films that have premiered after our 2018 festival (May 2018 or later), but there are always exceptions.
Feature films must be premieres in the state of Georgia. Exceptions to this rule may be made on very rare occasions and are solely at the discretion of the programming team. However, feature films that are not Georgia Premieres will NOT be eligible for competition. Similarly, films that have acquired US distribution of any kind prior to selection at ATLFF are not eligible for competition.
Feature films that have been (or will be) released online, on VOD, or DVD prior to the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival are not eligible to screen.
There is no premiere requirement for short films, but a Georgia premiere is strongly preferred. Short films that are available online are programmed on a case by case basis, but we typically prioritize films that have not yet been released to the public.
It is the submitter’s responsibility to notify ATLFF of any updates in premiere status as they occur, especially if the film is selected for another festival in the state of Georgia.
Please keep track of deadlines closely if you plan on submitting within a certain submission window. All deadlines are set for 11:59pm EST.
Any submissions with an unpaid balance after a deadline will be required to pay the following deadline’s submission fee. Failure to pay the appropriate fee will result in disqualification without a refund.
You can find a full list of deadlines (and associated submission fees) at the following link: atlantafilmfestival.com/submit.
All works selected must be available by February 15, 2019 for inclusion in the festival.
Should your film be accepted in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival, you grant ATLFF the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
All accepted films will screen at least once during the festival, with the possibility of an encore screening for select films/shorts blocks when appropriate. All scheduling is purely at the discretion of the ATLFF staff.
ATLFF only pays for return shipments of prints. Flash drives will only be returned upon request, and local drives are pick-up only. We cannot return international flash drives, so we highly recommended sending online. Flash drives left after a year will be recycled.
DCP capability is limited and dependent on the screening venue. DCP must be approved by the Content Manager after the schedule is finalized. ATLFF is not responsible for any shipping expenses of unapproved print formats. Schedule and screening venues are decided solely at the discretion of the programming staff, and ATLFF cannot guarantee that any film will play in a DCP-capable theater. Please be prepared to have an alternate print format available. If approved for DCP, you must provide a backup format (such as Blu-ray or a digital file).
The Atlanta Film Festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES for submitted films. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that ATLFF will not pay to present your work.
COPYRIGHT & LEGAL TERMS
By entering your film for consideration to the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the Atlanta Film Festival, Atlanta Film Society, and any representative or affiliates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
REFUNDS & DISQUALIFICATION
Once a project is listed “In Consideration” on Withoutabox or FilmFreeway, we are unable to offer refunds for any reason, including (but not limited to):
Submission to the wrong category
Change in premiere status or distribution
Failure to pay the full submission fee by the final deadline
Failure to provide a working screener by the final deadline
Project’s failure to comply with submission Rules & Terms
Rejection from the festival
Withdrawing your submission for any reason (including changes of heart)
ATLFF reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund, even after a film has been invited or final programming has been announced, at the sole discretion of ATLFF staff.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By submitting my project for consideration to the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival I acknowledge that I have read and agree to all rules and regulations (listed above) for submission to the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival.
I understand and agree that my submission must be accompanied by a submission fee paid in full and a playable screener in order to be considered, and that it is my full responsibility as the submitter to ensure my submission is complete and remains complete throughout the submission process.
I acknowledge that entry fees are non-refundable, and that ATLFF reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees.
I understand and agree that, if selected, my film must be available by February 15, 2019 for inclusion in the festival. If selected I also grant ATLFF the right to utilize an excerpt from my project at (and prior to) the Festival for promotional purposes.
I acknowledge that all scheduling and screening venues are decided purely at the discretion of the ATLFF staff.
I understand and agree that the Atlanta Film Festival only pays for return shipments of prints.
I understand and agree that the Atlanta Film Festival does not pay screening fees for submitted films. By submitting my project, I acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present my work.
By entering my project for consideration to the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival, I authorize that my work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the Atlanta Film Festival, Atlanta Film Society, and any representative or affiliates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.