This Decatur/Atlanta-based festival series showcases short documentaries about people and places primarily in the U.S. South. Our mission is twofold: benefit filmmakers by providing a platform to showcase their work, and benefit our community by providing a forum for fresh perspectives and insights.

Beginning in fall 2020, we'll be going online with virtual screenings and zoom talkbacks with filmmakers.

Our first theme will be "Arts in the South."

Followed by "Voting Matters in the South" and "The Southern Writ Large."

Student filmmakers requesting a discounted submission fee should email and describe their film and student status.

We're only looking for films about the South or made by people in the region (sorry, international filmmakers).

Our selections are chosen with our community in mind. We look for films with the heart and soul of this diverse region. We offer FREE admission to audiences with the goal of screening your films to as diverse an audience as possible.

All screenings take place in the heart of Decatur (near great restaurants and bars) at the Decatur City Library auditorium.


The Decatur Short Docs Festival takes its responsibility to filmmakers, especially emerging ones, seriously. We will also review entries to ensure we find the best films for our community (hint… we are located within 10 miles of six colleges/universities). We invite filmmakers to attend and talk about their work with the audience.

HJacobs Creative
Georgia Center for the Book
Decatur Arts Festival
Decatur Library

Winners and "Official Selections" will receive laurels on request.

Films will only be screened as part of the Decaturt Short Docs Festivals, no other screenings or permissions will be requested of the filmmakers. We will choose a screenshot from the film to use for promotion.

All films must be under 20 minutes in length.

We only accept digital submissions through an online screener via a source such as Vimeo or a file transfer service such as We accept no hardcopy submissions.

Please send any inquiries to

Overall Rating
  • steve summers

    I wasn't able to attend, but the communication was clear and friendly! A great start for a first-year festival!

    February 2018