The BigPictureCon Short & Smartphone Film Festival takes place in conjunction with the two day BigPictureCon Film & Technology Conference in metro Atlanta. Submissions selected for screening automatically receive two complimentary 2-day BigPictureCon VIP All Access conference passes (including festival tickets). Additional 2-day All Access passes are available for eligible filmmakers at 1/2 price. Conference registration opens October 1st. Check out our speaker lineup at Register early for best prices!

We're pleased to introduce expansion of our festival to now include a category for Smartphone film entries. All Smartphone entries are eligible for prizes- to be determined at a later date. Click Smartphone Films to the right for details.

The festival mission is to allow student and emerging filmmakers a chance to have their work showcased at a venue where professionals and peers are present to evaluate their talent and vision. Additionally, they can network and access opportunities for professional development.

Submissions are welcome from all emerging filmmakers. To encourage student engagement in the local film and digital media production industry, we will introduce our first award for Best Student Film. High School students over the age of 16 are eligible to submit. A prize for this category will be determined by the quality and number of entries received.

Films will be evaluated by an esteemed jury of industry professionals, such as; film festival programmers and established filmmakers. The judging criteria will take into account elements such as quality of story line, creativity, production quality, acting, soundtrack and editing.

Short film submissions will be accepted on any topic. However, the piece must be family-friendly for all audiences (Rated PG or G), with no grotesque violence, nudity, or other inappropriate content. Films cannot be more than 8 minutes in length.

We're pleased to recognize our sponsors whose support make this event possible:

-The Big Picture Film & Video Foundation
-Visionary Marketing Group
-Stage Ten Media

$250 First prize
$100 Second prize
$100 Audience Choice award
$50 Best Student Film
Host School Award

In addition to the above cash prizes, we are pleased to offer a special prize from one of our sponsors, InkTip. Winners of the Best Picture, Audience Choice and Host School Awards will also receive an InkTip Script Listing: A complimentary listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you.

InkTip: Where everyone goes for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

Only submissions from student and emerging filmmakers in the following southeast regional states are eligible for prizes: Alabama (AL), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), and Tennessee (TN). Submissions from other areas (including outside the U.S.) are welcome to enter, however, they will not be eligible for prizes.

Submissions are welcome from all emerging filmmakers. Emerging filmmakers are identified as not having had mass distribution of any film projects of which they are producer or director prior to the 2019 conference (theatrical, online, or direct to video). To encourage student engagement in the local film and digital media production industry, we now have an award for Best Student Film. High School students over the age of 16 and college students are eligible to submit.

In addition, below are rules and terms for all submissions:

- Open to a variety of genres, themes, and topics.
- Must be rated G or PG for all audiences (no foul language, graphic violence, grotesque images, nudity, or mature themes).
- Maximum Total Running Time: 8 mins.
- Submissions may be sent via online, or sent in via a private URL.
- Preferred method of submission is online. However, if you're unable to submit online, please contact us for instructions to submit via DVD, SD card or USB flash drive.
- Submission requires permission to use content from the entry, production stills, information provided about the filmmakers, and other submitted material for purposes of promoting the festival and the BigPictureCon Film & Technology Conference.
- Submission fees are non-refundable.

Early ... Oct 31
Regular ... Dec 31
Late ... Jan 21
Extended Deadline ... Feb 7

Jury Review ... Feb 8-21
Official selections announced ... Feb 25
Notification ... Feb 26 - Mar 5
Public Review / Voting... Mar 6 -21

Overall Rating
  • Nakia Stephens

    Super Honored to have my film at the BigPictureCon film festival! Not only did we win second place and the audience award for our short film, but we also met some awesome filmmakers and learned so much during the workshops!

    April 2018