The Georgia Shorts Film Festival is a theatrical screening event in Atlanta for independent films of all genres. The Georgia Shorts Film Festival also recognizes exceptional filmmaking and screenwriting with awards and nominations by our judging panel.

Script writers, in addition to submitting your script to the festival we also provide optional script coverage. Script coverage with our festival includes the price of your submission fee. Your work will be analyzed by a Cinema Life filmmaker who’s produced award winning films, has extensive writing experience, and also understands the indie way of filmmaking.

CASH PRIZES will be awarded to:

$500 Best Picture (Overall)
$250 Best Screenplay (Overall)

Our panel of judges will give awards to filmmakers including:

Best Action Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Drama Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Micro Short Comedy
Best Dark Comedy
Best Drama Micro Short
Best International Film
Best Georgia Film
Best Horror Film
Best Music Video
Best Cinematography Award
Best Director Award
Best International Director
Best Short Film Award
Best Horror Film Screenplay
Best Feature Length Comedy Film Screenplay
Best Short Drama Film Screenplay
Best Short Comedy Film Screenplay
Best Feature Length Drama Film Screenplay
Best Science Fiction Screenplay
Best International Screenplay
Best Dark Comedy Film Screenplay

CASH PRIZES will be awarded to:
$500 Best Picture (Overall)
$250 Best Screenplay (Overall)

If your film is selected, you are expected to provide a link to download your film so that we can project it at the festival. Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer and similar services are accepted. You can also make your film downloadable on FilmFreeway or Vimeo, so that we can download the file.

We currently project in 1080p, 23.976. (30 fps and 25 fps are also accepted, we will convert them) .mov or .mp4 formats are accepted.

4k files and ProRes are accepted, but they are overkill. We will have to convert these types of files in order to screen them on our system.

We do not accept DCP files at this time.

We do not screen 720p or SD Files.

We do not stream from YouTube or Vimeo at the event, due to internet reliability issues.

You can download a .pdf of our delivery specifications and share them with others with this link:

Georgia Shorts Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival and for promotional purposes on our website and social media platforms. 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 undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Georgia Shorts Film Festival 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.

Overall Rating
  • Jacqueline Kennedy

    The Georgia Short Film Festival was amazing - we were in a pandemic, Caroline King and her crew ensured all protocols were in place and attends who were greeted and safe. The Festival was well organized and well attended. Amazing festival! THANK YOU Caroline!

    April 2021
  • Thank you Georgia Shorts Film Festival. Highly recommend GSFF to any new filmmaker. Wonderful process and team!

    February 2021
  • Amazing! I made it into the semi-finals for my script "FULL FIGURED." Thank you for your support GSFF.

    December 2020
  • Chad Zemel

    As a local to Atlanta, I am so grateful for my first short film to have been both included and nominated. Thank you!

    November 2020
  • Dallas James Pritt

    This film festival was not the best out of all our experiences our film has had so far, this year. It is COVID-19 season, so of course that will impact it. However, there was practically no audience and it seemed to be more of a 'fun hobby' event verses a professional showcase & development.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Dallas,

    Thank you for your feedback, we reduced audience sizes in person because the safety of our team and our filmmakers is of our utmost concern therefore all chairs were distanced at least 6 feet apart and audience sizes in person were capped for each screening.

    COVID-19 is a global pandemic that we have taken very seriously and we were so grateful to even have this event at all.

    We were very proud to also offer an amazing virtual option for our filmmakers and audience that supported the festival from home, so even though our audience was reduced in person for the health and safety of everyone, we had a very impressive and exciting following virtually.

    I am confused by your assessment of our showcase as you arrived only for your film and then left in the middle of the screening block after your film played and did not return to watch the other films or participate in any of our networking during the day. Normally filmmakers that attend in person stay at least for their screening block, participate int he Q&A after and also stay for our networking breaks between each screening. Another amazing networking opportunity is also our Awards Ceremony and after party, which you also were not in attendance for.

    Since you did not attend one of our several networking blocks at the festival, I will remind you that we offer several options for networking virtually on our website and our Cinema Life Alumni page on facebook that you were sent with your thank you email after the festival.

    Feel free to contact us any time if you have any additional information or feedback at :)