The Atman Monthly Fest brings together the most creative storytellers from around the Globe and the most vibrant international audience for its monthly program of short films. This contests provides an opportunity for anyone to make a short film with any camera even on a smart phone.

Our goal is to discover unique and innovative stories that unite humanity and uplift souls. We believe in building the community of filmmakers and creatives who will regularly meet up on the inspiring rooftop of the Arts District of Los Angeles to watch each other's films and build creative partnerships and longtime friendships.

We will be hosting the event monthly at Rooftop 69 in DTLA.
It's located at

718 Gladys Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90021
United States

The winners of the contest will get certificate and will be featured on the official website of the Atman Film Festival and our Social Media and pre-selected for the big multi-day annual event.

Rules:

Eligibility Requirements: Entrants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of submission.
Only original works are accepted. Submitting parties must hold complete ownership and rights of submitted product.
Submissions will be open on November 2nd and accepted through December 3rd, 2021, at 11:59 pm PST
Supported video filetypes for short films: .mp4 or .mov.

- Best Short Film.
Atman Grand Prize. Awarded to the top narrative film under 30 minutes.

- Best Animated Short Film
Awarded to the top animated short film under 30 minutes.

- Best Documentary Short Film
Awarded to the top documentary short film under 30 minutes.

- Best Music Video
Awarded to the best Music Video under 15 minutes.

- Best Director
Awarded to the top Director of the festival. The winner receives a headshot session with a professional photographer.

- Best Actor
Awarded to the top Actor of the festival. The winner receives a headshot session with a professional photographer.

- Best Actress
Awarded to the top Actress of the festival. The winner receives a Jewelry gift from our sponsor.

- Best Cinematographer
Awarded to the best Cinematographer of the festival.

- Best Original Song
Awarded to the best Original Song from a film.

- Best Original Score
Awarded to the best Original Score from a film.

- Best Film Shot on Smartphone
Awarded to the best short film under 30 minutes that was shot using a smartphone.

- Best LGBTQ Film.
Awarded to the best LBFTQ+ themed narrative short film under 30 min.

- Best Woman Filmmaker
Awarded to the best Woman Filmmaker of the festival.

- Best Thriller Film
Awarded to the best Thriller film of the festival. Films under 30 minutes.

- Best Comedy Film
Awarded to the best Comedy film of the festival. Films under 30 minutes.

- Best Fantasy Film
Awarded to the best Fantasy film of the festival. Films under 30 minutes.

- Best Action Film
Awarded to the best Action film of the festival. Films under 30 minutes.

- Best Sci-Fi Film
Awarded to the best Sci-Fi film of the festival. Films under 30 minutes.

- Best Romantic Comedy Film
Awarded to the best Romantic Comedy film of the festival. Films under 30 minutes.

- Best Experimental Film
Awarded to the best Experimental film of the festival. Films under 30 minutes.

- Best Webisode Pilot or Episode
Awarded to the top Webisode Pilot or Episode of the festival. Films under 30 minutes.

- Best Actor's Reel
Awarded to the Top Actor's Reel. The winner receives a headshot session with a professional photographer. Reels under 5 minutes.

- Best Christmas Film
Awarded to the best Christmas film of the festival. Films under 30 minutes.

- Best International Film
Awarded to the best International film of the festival. Films made by international filmmakers and/or shot in another language with subtitles. Films under 30 minutes.

Winners in all categories will receive the official Atman Monthly Fest certificate and will be featured on our social media and pre-selected for the big multi-day annual event.

Rules:

Eligibility Requirements: Entrants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of submission.

Only original works are accepted. Submitting parties must hold complete ownership and rights of submitted product.

Submissions will be open on November 2nd and accepted through December 3rd, 2021, at 11:59 pm PST

Supported video filetypes for short films: .mp4 or .mov.

- All projects that contain significant non-English dialogue MUST include on-screen English subtitles at the time of submission. A translated list of dialogue submitted digitally or on paper will not suffice. Please do not send us an un-subtitled foreign-language project with the intention of providing a subtitled version later. If your project is mostly in English and you wish to intentionally leave out subtitles for any non-English dialogue included as an artistic choice, you do not need to provide subtitles for those sections. Please ensure that all subtitles are hardcoded to your video file as opposed to including discreet subtitles that need to be turned on in order to display on the screen, such as utilizing the "CC" option on your Vimeo/YouTube upload.

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Terms and Conditions:

I, the authorized representative of the project being submitted (hereafter called the "Project") to Atman Film Jury (hereafter called the “Jury”) for consideration for the Atman Monthly Film Festival (hereafter called the “Festival”), hereby acknowledge the following:

1. I represent and warrant to the Jury that: (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights or interests (including, without limitation, intellectual property rights) in or relating to the Project (hereafter called the “Project’s Owners”), to exhibit this Project at the Festival, (b) exhibition of the Project at the Festival will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity; and (c) the Project is not subject to any litigation, arbitration, or other adversarial claim or proceeding, nor is the Project the subject of any threat of litigation, arbitration, or other adverse claim or proceeding.

2. I further represent and warrant, on behalf of myself and the Project’s Owners, that the exhibition of the Project at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity, and that the Project does not constitute or include a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from or associated with the exhibition of the Project at or in connection with the Festival.

3. In the event that the Project is accepted by the Jury for inclusion in the Festival, I acknowledge, on behalf of myself and the Project’s Owners, that the Jury’s exhibition or presentation of the Project at the Festival does not and will not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Jury on the one hand and myself and/or the Project’s Owners on the other. I further acknowledge, on behalf of myself and the Project’s Owners, that I and we understand that neither I nor any of the Project’s Owners will receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by, or may be implied against, the Jury or the Festival in the event of, by virtue of, or as a result of the Institute’s selection of the Project for the Festival. I and the Project’s Owners understand and acknowledge that the selection of the Project for inclusion in the Festival does not and will not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Jury or the Festival of the content of the Project or any opinion expressed therein.

4. I agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, to indemnify and hold harmless the Jury and the Festival, together with each of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisors, agents and representatives (collectively, “Atman Related Parties”), from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and other costs) that may be asserted by any person or entity, or may be incurred by the Jury, the Festival, or any Atman Related Parties, at any time in connection with the Project or the Jury’s use, handling, consideration or exhibition thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to the Jury, the Festival or any Atman Related Parties, including, without limitation, any express or implied representation in these Terms and Conditions.

5. I warrant and agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, that the Project is being submitted to the Jury voluntarily and without promise or inducement, and that the submission of the Project neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the Jury, the Festival, or any Atman Related Parties to accept the Project for inclusion in the Festival, to exhibit the Project at the Festival, to acknowledge the submission of the Project, or to return the Project to me or others. I further agree, on my own behalf and on behalf of the Project’s Owners, that I and the Project’s Owners, and any other representative or person affiliated with the Project, in submitting the Project for consideration, are waiving, forfeiting, forgoing and relinquishing any right that I or we might otherwise have to assert any claim or commence any proceeding in any forum or tribunal against the Jury, the Festival, or any Atman Related Parties, based upon, arising out of or otherwise relating to the submission, exhibition or failure to exhibit the Project (including, without limitation, claims relating to any failure or refusal to exhibit the Project at the Festival, the exhibition or marketing of the Project at or in connection with the Festival, alleged oral or written representations by the Festival or its representatives relating to the submission or exhibition of the Project, and any other matters arising from or relating to the submission of the Project), whether such claims may be based on theories of contract, implied contract, tort, statute, or other legal theory (hereinafter, “Claim”). In the event that any Claim is asserted, or any action, arbitration or other proceeding is brought or commenced, in violation of the agreement set forth in the immediately preceding sentence, I agree, on my own behalf and on behalf of each of the Project’s Owners, to indemnify the Jury and the Festival from any and all Claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and other costs) that are incurred by the Jury, the Festival and any Atman Related Parties as a result of or in connection with any such Claim or any action, arbitration or other proceeding brought in violation of the representations and agreements set forth in this paragraph.

6. Without in any way limiting the provisions or scope of the agreements set forth in paragraph 5 above and paragraph 10 below, I further agree and accept that, in the event that any Claim is asserted, or any action, arbitration or other proceeding is brought or commenced, by me, any of the Project’s Owners, or any other representative of or person affiliated with the Project, in violation of the agreements set forth in paragraph 5 above, and in the further event that an arbitrator or other tribunal should permit such Claim to proceed despite the waiver language set forth in paragraph 5 above, the sole and maximum remedy that could be awarded to me or any other person or entity asserting any Claim shall be a refund of the submission fee paid in connection with the submission of the Project to the Jury for consideration for the Festival. Under no circumstances shall any other remedy, including without limitation actual, expectancy, reliance, consequential, special, punitive or exemplary damages, or any other damages, or injunctive, declaratory, provisional or other relief, be available to me, the Project’s Owners, or any other person or entity representing or affiliated with the Project.

7. In the event that the Project is accepted by the Jury for inclusion in and exhibition at the Festival, I hereby grant, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, each of the following rights to the Jury, the Festival, and any Atman Related Parties without reservations, conditions or qualifications: (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from or relating to the Project for promotional purposes; and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Project and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide up-to-date contact information pertaining to the director(s) and producer(s) of the Project, and to grant the Institute and the Festival, at their sole and absolute discretion, the right to provide this information to film industry organizations that sponsor Festival events.

8. In the event that the Project is accepted by the Jury for inclusion in and exhibition at the Festival, and I or the Project’s Owners have contractual obligations to any producers, distributors, creators, cast or crew regarding "festival benefits" (which may include but are not limited to production credits, screening tickets, Festival credentials or monetary compensation), I agree and accept that those “festival benefits” must be administered and distributed by myself and/or the Project’s Owners, and do not impact the nature or quantity of benefits provided by Jury.

9. I warrant and agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, that the Jury has made no claims, representations or guarantees, and has provided no assurances, in relation to the internal process utilized by the Jury with respect to selection of projects for inclusion in the Festival, and that the submission of the Project neither imposes nor creates any obligation or responsibility on the part of the Jury, the Festival, or any Atman Related Parties to provide me, the Project’s Owners, or my or their related parties with comments, feedback or other information pertaining to the viewing or consideration of the Project by the Jury for possible inclusion in the Festival.

10. I warrant and agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, that by submitting the Project to the Jury, I hereby grant the Jury and all persons employed by, contracted by, or otherwise directly associated with the Jury the irrevocable right to view and/or download all digital assets associated with the Project, including, but not limited to, any representation of the Project in the form of video files, still images, assets streamed via the Internet, and/or all other assets and information provided by the Applicant on the application. All digital assets referenced above shall remain active and accessible by the Jury until the conclusion of the Festival on the last day of every month. Any dissemination of these materials, incidental or otherwise, shall not be the responsibility of the Jury or any Atman Related Parties.

11. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that, if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided the Jury with signed, written consent from my parent or legal guardian.

12. Without in any way limiting the provisions or scope of the agreements set forth in paragraph 5 above, I further agree, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, that any claim, dispute or controversy arising out of, in connection with, or otherwise related to the Project, the Festival, or these Terms and Conditions, including, without limitation, any Claim (as this term is defined above) and any other claim or cause of action of any nature arising from the actual or alleged breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity of these Terms and Conditions, as well as the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate, will be governed by the internal, substantive laws of the State of California and will be subject to and submitted to exclusive, binding arbitration before a single arbitrator in Los Angeles, California, which shall be the sole and exclusive forum for determination of such claim, dispute or controversy. Such arbitration will be administered by JAMS pursuant to its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures then in effect. The arbitrator will be selected by mutual agreement of the parties or, if the parties are unable to agree on an arbitrator, will be appointed by JAMS pursuant to its Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures then in effect. The arbitrator shall issue a written award and, subject to the terms of paragraph 6 hereof, shall have the right to award monetary relief. I specifically agree and acknowledge, however, that the arbitrator shall not have the power to award punitive or exemplary damages, nor shall the arbitrator have the power to order the Jury to include the Project in the Festival or to award other injunctive or non-monetary relief. The arbitrator shall have the power to award, and shall be required to award, to the substantially prevailing party in any such arbitration, its reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses incurred in connection with the arbitration (including, without limitation, reimbursement of that party’s share of the arbitrator’s fees and JAMS administrative charges). The arbitrator’s award shall be final, binding and non-appealable. Judgment on the arbitrator’s award may be entered in any federal or state court of competent jurisdiction in the United States. In agreeing to this exclusive arbitration provision, I hereby waive, forfeit and relinquish, on behalf of myself and each of the Project’s Owners, any right or entitlement that I or the Project’s Owners might otherwise have had to bring or litigate any claim or claims encompassed by this paragraph in any federal or state court against the Jury, the Festival, or any Atman Related Party, and further waive, forfeit and relinquish any right to a trial by jury with respect to such claim or claims.

13. I hereby acknowledge that I have the right to consult with an attorney of my own choosing with respect to these Terms and Conditions and with respect to the Rules and Regulations for submitting a project to the Festival, located at filmfreeway.com/ATMANMONTHLYFEST. By completing my submission application for Monthly Atman Film Festival consideration, I agree that I am doing so after having consulted with an attorney or after I freely or voluntarily elected not to do so without coercion or duress.

14. I hereby acknowledge that I have read and understood the Rules and Regulations for submitting a project to the Festival, located at filmfreeway.com/ATMANMONTHLYFEST, and that the information contained in said Rules and Regulations does and shall supersede any information obtained elsewhere, including, but not limited to, information contained in any current Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents and/or rules and regulations documents from prior years.

15. By completing my submission application for Atman Monthly Film Festival consideration via FilmFreeway, I freely and voluntarily give and express my full and complete acceptance of all of the terms and provisions set forth in these Terms and Conditions. I acknowledge that no oral representations, inducements, promises or assurances of any kind, and no representations, inducements, promises or assurances not set forth in these Terms and Conditions, have been made to me or the Project’s Owners by the Festival, the Jury, or any Atman Related Parties.

Overall Rating
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Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Sabrina Percario

    What a great experience. Well organized and amazing team. Hight recommend this Film Festival.

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Sabrina! This feedback means a lot to us. We keep working hard to provide a great place to showcase your work as well as network with other creatives. Looking forward to your new projects!

  • Poor communication,
    If I could I would rank communication -5
    If I would not involve the Film Freeway Support they even wouldn't bother to announce the winners to selected works who were waiting for the reply.

    November 2021
  • Wenhan Zhang

    Thank you ATMAN for this amazing fest! Was happy to win it!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Wenhan! These words really touch us. We are happy to hear that the experience was great for you.

  • Jack Fanburg

    What an awesome experience! The whole Atman team was extremely professional and communicative during the whole process, from submission to selection. I will definitely be submitting again. I recommend that every filmmaker, whether amateur or professional to submit to Atman. Also, there is an annual contest which I very much look forward to.

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Jack! Thank for such wonderful words. We regularly searchfor new ways to make the festival even better. We’re looking forward to your new works. It truly unites humanity and uplift souls.

  • Дмитрий Левин

    I was very happy to take part in this wonderful festival! Thank you to all the organizers and everyone who helped in the organization! I hope that there will be an opportunity to participate again in the future.

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Дмитрий! You’re participation is gold for us. This is what really makes the festival work!