11th Annual

Atlanta Horror Film Festival

October 19, 2017 to October 22, 2017

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Short films under 45 minutes in any horror genre are considered
All feature films in the horror genre are considered.


The 2017 Atlanta Horror Film Festival is held October 19 - 22, 2017 at the Synchronicity Theatre.

Atlanta Horror Film Festival is so proud to have showcased thousands of incredible independent horror features and shorts since 2006!

We are the top horror film festival in Atlanta, and we are dedicated to showcasing films from the world's most talented filmmakers. Our program is packed with award-winning films from every corner of the earth.

In our 11 seasons, we have consistently programmed films that stick with you long after the festival is over, and films you won't see anywhere else.

Atlanta Horror Film Festival is a must for established and up-and-coming filmmakers who have created short and feature films that audiences can not forget.

Our selection committee programs every kind of film in the horror genre: from sci-fi to gore, and everything in between.


The Atlanta Horror Film Festival is held during Atlanta Film Series, a four-month showcase of independent film hosted at The Sychronicity Theatre. Atlanta Film Series is packed with events designed to spotlight every genre of cinema imaginable.

The scorching summer months of July and August bring the Atlanta's Summer Film Series, with award-winning short films showcased at Atlanta Shortsfest, and the top independent features and shorts at Atlanta Underground Film Festival.

Atlanta's Fall Film Series, held September and October, showcase unforgettable documentary films during the Atlanta Docufest, and a terrifying celebration of the top horror films from across the globe at Atlanta Horror Film Festival.

Join us in 2017 for the Atlanta Film Series, and see why Atlanta has become the top destination for filmmaking!

These are just some awards that will be presented during the 2017 Atlanta Horror Film Festival:

Best Feature
Best Horror Feature
Best Sci-Fi Feature
Best Horror Comedy Feature
Best Thriller Feature
Best Drama Feature
Best Foreign Feature
Best Local Feature
Best Director
Best Short Film
Best Horror Short
Best Thriller Short
Best Horror Comedy Short
Best Sci-Fi Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Zombie Short
Best Local Short
Best Drama Short
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Short Short
Best Special FX
Audience Choice Award

Because we have judges in all parts of the world, we accept submissions via Withoutabox's Secure Online Screeners. You'll save on shipping cost, help protect the environment, and your film will be easily shared and reviewed by all members of our selection committee.
Contact us first is you would like to mail a hard-copy of your project at atlantafilmseries@gmail.com


Bj Ogden (Festival Director); Bj Ogden (Festival Director); Bj Ogden (Festival Director); Eric Panter (Founder); Eric Panter (Founder)


Entry fees must be in US funds.

We prefer Online Screeners. If you do wish to ship a hard copy, cost of shipping exhibition prints to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. The festival can not accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. Please try to use as little packaging material as possible to cut down on trash.
Please consider submitting via Withoutabox's Secure Online Screeners, or another online source.
email us if you would like to mail a hard-copy at : atlantafilmseries@gmail.com

Email us for Confirmation of entry

Programming decisions are made by the festival directors and our selection committee. If accepted, we will notify filmmakers by email. After acceptance, the exhibition format will need to be in our office two weeks before the festival. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know. We do not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed.

Although the art of filmmaking is not competitive, Atlanta Horror Film Festival does give awards to films selected as best in various categories.


Atlanta Horror Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Atlanta Horror 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.