Can you capture the essence of ATL in 5 minutes or less?

Creative Loafing and the Atlanta Film Festival partner again for the greatest short film contest in Atlanta. The theme for the 5th Annual Short Cuts Film Contest is ATL Imagined: The City Through Your Lens. What does that even mean? It means we're looking for your vision of ATL, whether it's a documentary on your neighbor, a music video of your favorite band, a cartoon of the mayor, we're looking for it.

The top 16 entries will screen on Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Plaza Theatre.

For our 5th Annual Short Cuts Film Contest, we're awarding $750 to the critics pick winner and $500 to the audience pick winner! Both winners will have their films screened at the Atlanta Film Festival in March, and both will receive memberships to the Atlanta Film Festival for one year.

Filmmakers: Must be Georgia residents

Subject: Must be identifiable as Atlanta (local neighborhood, business, street sign, etc.) We are also accepting music videos!

Length: No longer than 5 minutes. For serious.

Rights: Filmmaker must secure music, location or product licensing. Must release rights to use video at CL-ATLFF’s discretion.

Screenings: Finalists will be screened at the Plaza Theatre. Winning entries will be screened at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Judging: Critics' picks to be announced at the conclusion of the screenings on March 2,2015. Voting to take place at the screening on March 2, 2015

Restrictions: Incriminating drug use, nudity, or firearms use should be avoided. CL and ATLFF reserve the right to disqualify such films.