Approaching its 43rd year, 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 Shorts. It is a highly rated and stunningly affordable contest. Be sure to follow all the guidelines because winning in any category at this festival speaks volumes for your work. Check out the website for more details and specifics: https://filmfreeway.com/ATLFF
One example category is “Episodic”. The regular submission fee is $20 (unless you are a student, then it is $15). There are short and feature length categories available.
“ATLFF actively strives to be an inclusive showcase with spotlights on filmmakers of color, LGBTQ+ films (Pink Peach), women filmmakers (New Mavericks), family-friendly programming, Food on Film and/or experimental subjects and themes. Our experimental thread champions films created with conscious, referential use of the medium, rejection of traditional narrative arcs, and opposition to mass media or conventional storytelling practices.”
The next deadline is September 27th. The late deadline is October 25th. If you plan on submitting to this festival, read all the rules and guidelines far in advance. Winners will be notified February 7th, 2019. Good luck everyone!!!!