A screening event of independent international short films for a mature audience in Atlanta, Georgia. Genres include Suspense, Thrillers, Horror, Horror Comedy, Dark Animation, Dark Comedy, Dark Science Fiction, Experimental, Music Videos, Series Episodes, Series Pilots, Feature screenplays, short screenplays, teleplays and more. The purpose of this event is to showcase content that is reserved for a mature audience and not suitable for children.

This festival was originally named the Nevada Short Film Festival. The creators have rebranded and moved it to Atlanta.

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Atlanta After Dark Film Festival List of Film, Video and screenplay Award Categories

Best Action Film
Best Acting Performance
Best Animated Film
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy Film
Best Comedy Micro Film
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Dark Comedy Micro Film
Best Drama Film
Best Drama Micro Film
Best Dark Drama Film
Best Dark Drama Micro Film
Best Director
Best Documentary Film
Best Documentary Micro Film
Best Editing
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Experimental Film
Best Experimental Micro Film
Best Experimental Music Video
Best Fantasy Film
Best Fantasy Micro Film
Best Georgia Film
Best Horror Film
Best Horror Micro Film
Best Horror Comedy Film
Best Horror Comedy Micro Film
Best International Director
Best International Film
Best International Micro Film
Best Mockumentary Film
Best Mockumentary Micro Film
Best Music Video
Best Picture
Best Micro Film
Best Relationship Drama Film
Best Relationship Drama Micro Film
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Science Fiction Micro Film
Best Suspense Thriller Film
Best Suspense Thriller Micro Film
Most Original Concept

All films are eligible, regardless if they have distribution or not. All films are eligible even if they have been accepted to other film festivals. All films and videos are eligible, regardless of when or where they were produced. Even if your film or series episode is publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo, it is still eligible for submission. For exhibition purposes all films screen in 2k or 4k DCP format. Stereo or 5.1 audio are accepted for screening purposes.

The submission fee does not include an event ticket fee if selected. Submission fees and event ticket fees are separate. There are no filmmaker passes.

The judges read and rate scripts for this specific competition only. Submitting to this film festival does not affect the ownership or copyright your screenplay or teleplay.

Overall Rating
  • Lisa Ovies

    Thanks so much for including us!!!

    April 2023
  • This was my first paid film festival experience and one that I would recommend to anyone. Even though I was not bale to attend in person the screening was top class and the communication between the organisers and myself were great. On top of all of this my film 'All Night on the Town' won the category best Experimental Film. I am so pleased I was part of Atlanta After Dark Film Festival!

    April 2023
  • It was my great pleasure to be the winner of Best Horror Comedy Screenplay Award. It really encourages me and makes me want to get up and write as I am battling an illness now. Mikel was very kind and welcoming in the email. Although I couldn’t make it in person, it was a very pleasant experience. Hope I can participate again in the future…next time with a feature film. Thank you so much!

    April 2023
  • Hudson Franzoni

    Such an amazing Festival! I was so happy to be an award winner for my screenplay. They were so helpful and communicative.

    December 2022
  • It felt like this festival has been around for 50 years. The communication and hospitality were unbelievable! One of the best festivals I've experienced in quite a while and I was honored to have my screenplay, "The Highwayman" selected. I highly recommend that you put AADFF at the TOP of your list and hope to see all of you again in 2023! Cheers! P.N.

    December 2022