ATLFF Submission Categories

Narrative Feature

The Narrative Feature category is for fictional films that run 40 minutes or longer. Animated, Puppetry, and Experimental 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).

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. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Documentary Feature Competition (acceptance to the festival does not guarantee inclusion in Competition).

Narrative Short

The Narrative Short category is for fictional films 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.

Documentary Short

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.

Animated Short

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.

Experimental Short

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.

Puppetry Short

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.

Episodic

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).

Music Video

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.

Virtual Reality

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).

Georgia Film

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. Submitting to this category requires a password. If your film meets the above criteria, email GA@atlantafilmfestival.com. Please allow up to 7 business days for a response. If you submit to this category, your film will be eligible for the Georgia Film Award as well as any other juried categories that we may deem appropriate. If you submit in this category without meeting the necessary criteria, you will be disqualified from consideration into the festival and will not be issued a refund.