2020 Atlanta Film Festival Film Submissions

We're celebrating our 44th year April 30 - May 10, 2020 and we are calling on you to make it the best yet! 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 the work of both emerging and established artists. 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 28,000 film-lovers joining over 300 attending filmmakers in support of works that push the boundaries of independent cinema. The Call for Entries for ATLFF '20 is OPEN!

Last year, we received over 8,400 works submitted from more than 120 countries across all 6 populated continents (sorry, Antarctica). Now is when we are hard at work programming next year's festival. Out of nearly 200 films that play ATLFF each year, roughly 80% - 85% come from submissions! In programming our annual festival, we look for groundbreaking works in narrative and documentary features and short films, animations, experimental films, puppetry films, music videos, virtual reality films, episodic pilots, food films and family friendly features. 


For the 2020 ATLFF Screenplay Competition, we are looking for innovative and compelling storytelling, characters that surprise and challenge you, words that pop off the page, and narratives that twist and turn like a country back road. This year, we’re accepting feature scripts, short scripts, and pilot scripts—and you’re more than welcome to submit in all categories. Submit to 2020 Screenplay Competition!

Films and screenplays must comply with category requirements and filmmakers must complete the process and payment to be considered for ATLFF '20. Have questions? Check out our Film Submissions FAQ and our Screenplay Submissions FAQ.

We are Academy-Award qualifying in our Narrative, Documentary, and Animated Shorts categories. That means that each year the film that wins our Best Narrative Short jury award qualifies for the Best Live Action Short category, the film that wins our Best Documentary Short jury award qualifies for the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category, and the film that wins our Best Animated Short jury award qualifies for the Best Animated Short Film category at the following year’s Academy Awards.

Please refer to the Academy Award’s RULES & ELIGIBILITY Website for more information.