40th Annual

Atlanta Film Festival

April 01, 2016 to April 10, 2016

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Narrative Feature
The Narrative Feature category is for fictional films that run 40 minutes or longer. Animated and Experimental films that meet these guidelines also qualify.
Documentary Feature
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.
Narrative Short
The Narrative Short category is for fictional films shorter than 39 minutes and 59 seconds. The winner of this category becomes Oscar-Qualified for the Academy Award® for Best Live-Action Short Film.
Documentary Short
The Documentary Short category is for non-fiction films shorter than 39 minutes and 59 seconds. The winner of this category becomes Oscar-Qualified for the Academy Award® for Documentary Short Subject.
Animated Short
The Animated Short category is for films shorter than 39 minutes and 59 seconds that feature primarily animated content or stop-motion animation. The winner of this category becomes Oscar-Qualified for the Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film.

Films that feature live-action puppetry belong in the puppetry category.

Experimental Short
The Experimental Short category is for experimental films shorter than 39 minutes and 59 seconds.

Films submitted in this category will be eligible only for Experimental programming.
Music Video
The Music Video category is for original music videos (a visual accompaniment and/or representation of a piece of music generally 3-4 minutes in length) and music films (no longer than 20 minutes) that may be narrative, experimental, or animated. Songs must be the ORIGINAL composition of the band or musician featured in the video. Covers will not be considered.

'Music videos' are eligible for our Music Video Competition, while 'music films' screen at our SOUND + VISION event as gallery-style installations at The Goat Farm Arts Center.
Puppetry Short
The Puppetry Short category is for films shorter than 39 minutes and 59 seconds that feature live-action puppetry primarily but not necessarily exclusively.

Stop-motion films belong in the Animated Short category.
TV Pilots
Pilot episodes may include presentations or full-length pilots between 5 and 60 minutes long. Episodes include television, mini-series and/or webisodes.


The mission of the Atlanta Film Festival is to lead the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. It works to bring filmmakers and audiences together through year-round screenings, events, and networking opportunities.


Now approaching its 40th year, the Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF)—an Academy Award®-qualifying festival—is the area’s preeminent celebration of cinema. One of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country, ATLFF invites an audience of over 25,000 to experience the moving image by showcasing emerging artists and filmmakers who push the boundaries of independent cinema.

Every spring, our 10-day festival—recognized as the Best Film Festival by Creative Loafing, Sunday Paper, 10 Best, and Atlanta Magazine—presents local and international works selected from over 3500 submissions.

We actively seek films that reflect and feature LGBT (Pink Peach), female (New Mavericks), ethnically diverse, or experimental themes.

"The Accountant" won the Oscar® for Best Live Action Short Film in 2002 after qualifying at the 2001 Atlanta Film Festival.

In 2013, the festival moved its official home to the historic Plaza Theatre in Atlanta's Poncey-Highland area, just minutes away from another principal venue—the 7 Stages Theatre in the legendary Little Five Points district.

2015 Jury Award Winners:

Best Narrative Feature: GOD BLESS THE CHILD – Robert Machoian & Roberto Ojeda-Beck
Best Documentary Feature: STRAY DOG – Debra Granik
Best New Mavericks Feature: IN THE TURN – Erica Tremblay
Special Jury Prize: NEXT YEAR (L'ANNÉE PROCHAINE) – Vania Leturcq
Best Narrative Short: TURTLE (WU GUI) – Jordan Schiele
Best Documentary Short: THE MURDER BALLAD OF JAMES JONES – Jesse Kreitzer
Best Animated Short: STARLIGHT – Tamarind King, Shir Wen Sun, Marisa Tontaveetong, Yu Ueda
Best Pink Peach Short: CHARLOTTE – Angel Kristi Williams
Best New Mavericks Short: JENNAH – Meryem Benm'Berek
Best Music Video - 80's ROK performed by Willie Hyn

2015 Audience Award Winners:

Audience Award Feature: HELP US FIND SUNIL TRIPATHI – Neal Broffman
Audience Award Short: SLUT – Chloe Okuno
Spirit Award: DANTE'S DOWN THE HATCH – Jef Bredemeier
Homegrown Award: GOOD GRIEF SUICIDE HOTLINE – Sam Carter

Recent festival guests include James Franco (I Am Michael), Abigail Spencer (Rectify), Kara Hayward (The Sisterhood of Night, Moonrise Kingdom), Ray McKinnon (Mud, Rectify), James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), renowned animator Bill Plympton (Cheatin'), David Gordon Green (Joe), Ty Sheridan (Mud, Joe), and Jamie Babbitt (Girls, Drop Dead Diva).


1. Please make sure to read all of the festival rules as well as the terms and conditions. If you have any further questions, please visit our FAQ page: http://www.atlantafilmfestival.com/submission-faq/

2. Entries must postmarked by the deadline date of the entry period in which a film was submitted. (For example, if you submit a film on the early deadline date, the film must also be postmarked as sent on that date.)

3. All works must be submitted as WAB Secure Online Screener, Vimeo link or on DVD (region 1 or 0) for pre-screening. Please do not send film reels or original material.

4. Screeners will not be returned. Please do not send self-addressed stamped envelopes.

5. Eligible works must have been completed by the date listed in the category requirements. Feature Films must be theatrical premieres in the state of Georgia. There is no premiere requirement for shorts. We do not discriminate against films that are available to the public online, but that may disqualify you from Academy Award consideration.

6. Works in progress WILL be accepted for submission. Please include information as to what still needs to be completed (color correction, score, etc.) with the submitted DVD.

7. If you want to replace your original submission with an upgraded version, you must submit a new DVD clearly labeled with the entry number and "Replacement Copy". Any judging that was done with the original submission will not be discarded. Any future judging will be done with the new copy.

8. The Atlanta Film Festival does not present sponsored works (such as training films or commercials produced for a client). Only independently produced films and videos are appropriate for this competition. Artists must have final creative control over their work to be eligible.

9. The Atlanta Film Festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES. By submitting your film via Withoutabox you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.

10. All works selected must be available by February 19, 2016 for inclusion in the festival.

11. We encourage you to ship everything in paper sleeves.


By entering your film for consideration for the 2015 Atlanta Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2015 Atlanta Film Festival. The Atlanta Film Festival is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.