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19-Apr-2015 2:30am PDT  


Atlanta Film Festival

39 Annual March 20, 2015 to March 29, 2015

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Atlanta GA 30302
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Narrative Feature
The Narrative Feature category is for films that are longer than 40 minutes in length and are fictional. Fictional animated and experimental feature films qualify for this category.
Documentary Feature
The Documentary Feature category is for non-fiction films that are longer than 40 minutes in length. Non-fiction animated and experimental films qualify for this category.
Narrative Short
The Narrative Short category is for fictional films 39 minutes and 59 seconds and under.
Documentary Short
The Documentary Short category is for non-fiction films with running times of 39 minutes and 59 seconds or less.
Animated Short
The Animated Short category are for films that are 39 minutes and 59 seconds or shorter and feature primarily animated content.

Films that feature live-action puppetry should be submitted under the puppetry category.

Experimental Short
The Experimental Short category is for experimental films that have a running time of 39 minutes and 59 seconds or less.
Music Videos
ATLFF is accepting a range of music videos and music films from musicians and filmmakers from around the world that will meet ATLFF's mission to lead the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. Videos may be narratives, experimental or animation and can be long (max 20 minutes) or short form.

Songs must be the ORIGINAL composition of the bands featured in the videos. Covers will not be considered.
Puppetry Shorts
The Puppetry Short category is for films that are 39 minutes and 59 seconds or shorter and feature primarily, but not exclusively, live-action puppetry.

Stop-Animation films should be submitted under the animation category.

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-around screenings, events, and networking opportunities.

Since 1976, the Atlanta Film Festival has offered audiences the opportunity to experience the best in international and independent cinema, from works by emerging regional media makers to masterpieces from the world's most celebrated artists.

Now in its fourth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF)—one of only two dozen Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the United States—is the area’s preeminent celebration of cinema. As one of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country, ATLFF welcomes an audience of over 25,000 to discover hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary and short films, selected from 3000+ submissions from all over the world. The festival was started in 1976 and takes place every spring. It is also the most distinguished event in its class, recognized as Best Film Festival by Creative Loafing, Sunday Paper, 10Best and Atlanta Magazine. The Accountant won the Academy Award 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. The 7 Stages Theatre in the city's Little Five Points district also serves as a festival venue.

Grand Jury Award Winners for 2014 were I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS (Narrative Feature), MYSTERIO (Narrative Short) GETTING TO THE NUTCRACKER (Documentary Feature), WEB (Documentary- Special Jury Prize), THOMAS BENNET (Documentary Short), QUEENS & COWBOYS (Pink Peach Feature), GUM (Pink Peach Short), RABBIT AND DEER (Animated Short), LESSON #16 FOR BEATMASTER V/FUN (Music Video)

Grand Jury Award Winners for 2013 were I USED TO BE DARKER (Narrative Feature), A RIVER CHANGES COURSE (Documentary Feature), GOD LOVES UGANDA (Pink Peach LGBT Feature), GUN (Narrative Short), GUIDESTONES (Documentary Short), OH WILLY... (Animated Short), KISS ME (Pink Peach LGBT Short), and ROCKERS (Music Video).

Grand Jury Award Winners for 2012 were WELCOME TO PINEHILL (Narrative Feature), CODE 2600 (Documentary Feature), CLOUDBURST (Pink Peach LGBT Feature), ZOLTAN: THE HUNGARIAN GANGSTER OF LOVE (Narrative Short), MISSISSIPPI: I AM (Pink Peach - LGBT Short), IK BEN ECHT NIET BANG (Documentary Short), THANK YOU (Animation Short) and BOXCAR FAIR (Music Video).

Recent festival guests include James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), renowned animator Bill Plympton (Cheatin'), David Gordon Green (Joe), Ty Sheridan (Mud, Joe), Kristen Connolly (The Cabin in the Woods), Karey Dornetto (Portlandia), and Jamie Babbitt (Girls, Drop Dead Diva).

Christopher Holland (Marketing and Operations Director) ; Kristy Breneman (Programming Director) ; Sara Howard (Festival Registrar) ; Sara Howard (Festival Registrar)

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:

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 or on DVD (region 1 or 0) for pre-screening. Please do not send film reels or original material. Vimeo links will also be accepted with DVD submissions.

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 20, 2015 for inclusion in the festival.

11. You will not receive style points for fancy packaging. It is wasteful and costly to send DVDs in hard plastic covers. 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. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Atlanta Film Festival 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. 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.