Atlanta has well established itself within the filmmaking elite for major productions. Every MARVEL franchise goes through Atlanta, including number one shows like Netflix’s Stranger Things. Besides being a vibrant city, known for its musical roots, Atlanta is now a film production hot spot, daring to rival Los Angeles.
And now this beloved city in the peach state serves as host for The ATLANTA International Cinefest, a member of the GO Independent series of film festivals, as part of the FAME LLC Family. Our goal is to give more opportunities for independent filmmakers and screenwriters to showcase and promote their art.
Audiences and Artists can discover how ‘Hotlanta’ got its name with its subtropical, sunny weather, and explore the city that Elton John calls home by enjoying the city’s award-winning restaurants and historical charm. Before and after screening films, networking, and enjoying the festival atmosphere, GO on your own adventure in the city ranked the 6th most fun city in the USA! GO Independent Film! GO ATLANTA!
We produce live screenings, and offer a separate, special bundle of benefits called the FAME FACTOR TICKET. “Get into One and you’re Done!” If eligible, submissions receive Guaranteed Acceptance into our 4 GO Indie Film Festivals alongside Notification w/in 2 weeks! It's your Film Fest Fast Pass!
(Update November 2022)
Please observe our submission deadline, notification, acceptance, and venue updates.
In light of economic conditions that are continuing to affect travel, venue rates, and basic costs all-around (post pandemic), we are forced to course correct for all The GO Indie Film Fests.
We wish we could say we had all the answers and a crystal ball. We can say, however, we guarantee the show must GO on, and will show up. The GO Fests are facing every uncertainty head on, and continue to fulfill our oath of producing the best possible events with the hand we are all dealt.
Finally, please be aware that with the current conditions facing our host theaters. The later you submit your film content, the increased challenge of squeezing it into our live screenings. But, not impossible. Add to this the final hurdle of our DCP, encoding policy. Please review the DCP policy, before submitting. We will gladly cater to any requests to restrict screenings on live or virtual platforms. Please let us know.
We are producing a full on, live film festival. HOWEVER, we are susceptible to country, state and local laws, which enforce specific, gathering guidelines. To that end, circumstances beyond our control include venue policy and protocol, and insurance limitations.
For the year 2023 and for the foreseeable future, we will be producing a live event. Please understand, before submitting, that with little to no notification, we may have to change presentation formats, venues, and/or dates.
High Quality Trophies
We are accepting submissions for Feature & Short Narrative Films, Feature length & Short Documentaries, Web/TV Series, Screenplays, Teleplays, Music Videos, Trailers and Art & Design. All genres are welcome. The festival programming staff will place your film in the appropriate category.
All entries will be judged on content, creativity, imagery, story and skill of the filmmaker or screenwriter. Productions produced from 2013 to July 2023 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted. All films must be submitted on DVD (Region 1), Blu-ray, external hard drive or online screener for consideration by our Jury.
All entries must be sent to FAME, LLC. Videos, discs and hard drives submitted will not be returned unless accompanied by SASE. Film and Video maybe also be submitted or shared via links online via YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, Google, WeTransfer, or similar. Submissions selected for The Atlanta International Cinefest will be announced no later than July 17, 2023.
All presentation materials for The Atlanta International Cinefest must arrive no later than July 10, 2023 (post marked by July 10, 2023). Please notify us by mail or email of any address changes.
**** Please read our DCP Policy before submitting. ****
GO-NOVA Film Festivals – Live Screening Policy
As we resurface back into Live events, new screening policies have been instituted in terms of content delivery and platform presentation. Going forward, The NOVA and GO Independent Film Festivals will screen both Live and Virtually. Live screenings will take place in the best venues. We have selected the Angelika Film Centers and the Silverspot Cinemas. Both theaters require film content to be in DCP format.
In concert with both format upgrade and returning to accepted cultural norms (travel, attendance, etc.), the following are our policies for screening Live, Accepted film content going forward.
1. We require a DCP File of your content.
2. DCP File produced by us from your submitted h.264 file for a fee. Fees cover encoding, quality check, and film transfer to our venues.
a. Fee (under 25 minutes): $150
b. Fee (over 25-55 minutes): $300
c. Fee (over 55 minutes): $450
3. We handle all Quality Checks, Transfer and Communication with the venues.
4. The DCP file is yours to keep, after the festival.
5. If you have submitted, and are accepted to more than one of our festivals, only the One (1) DCP file, which we produced, is required.
6. A minimum of 3, separate, DCP submissions are required per festival screening block. If the minimum requirement is not met, your DCP fee will be refunded. In other words, the film submitters are only responsible for any DCP fees, if their content screens Live, in our venue.
7. DCP files are OPTIONAL for those wishing to screen in theaters.
8. DCP orders are NOT required to be selected, nominated, or eligible to win awards at our festivals. Judgements are solely based on the quality of your submission(s).
For further details, please visit the bottom or our website, submission page:
LIVE Screenings are dependent on 4 Criteria beyond our control.
1. State/City/Regional Restrictions
2. Venue Policy and Availability
3. Filmmaker Content Submission (by required Deadline)
4. A minimum of 2-3 hours of content submitted by participating filmmakers in DCP format, encoded by the festival. There is a fee for encoding services.
The ATLANTA International Cinefest is hereby granted the right to utilize footage and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted, film accepted, video, or project for exhibition at the GO Independent Film Festivals for promotional purposes. All accepted filmmakers agree that The ATLANTA International Cinefest may use footage from their projects in order to promote the festival, their film or The ATLANTA International Cinefest Event and F.A.M.E. related promotion via print, web, theater and broadcast television. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The submitters shall indemnify and hold harmless The ATLANTA International Cinefest and F.A.M.E. LLC related entities, it's vendors, sponsors and supporters from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. The submitter acknowledges that all content submitted is approved, licensed, owned, or otherwise authorized to exploit, under the jurisdiction of standing copyright and trademark law, as determined by regional, county, state, United States, and international law.
If 'Nominated', presence at the Awards Ceremony is NOT required to Win.