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:

$1000 Best Picture (Overall)
$500 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:
$1000 Best Picture (Overall)
$500 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

    This is my second year in a row submitting to Georgia Shorts and I can't say enough good things about this festival! Caroline and Micaela are absolutely the best at putting on top notch festivals with loads of detailed communication and welcoming colleagues. Thank you for all your hard work!!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Erin! Thank you so much for your kind words! Our team feels the same about getting to work with you and are always excited to read one of your screenplays. We are honored to have your screenplay, "TESStosterone," as one of our award winners as it is truly deserved! We look forward to staying connected and cannot wait to read what you create next!

  • We were so thrilled to attend GSFF! Caroline and Micaela were so gracious and welcoming, the communication throughout the process was great! My film, Conviction won Best Picture, and we couldn't be more excited. Look forward to working with the festival again!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Jia! We were just as thrilled to have met you and your team! Thank you for your kind words about our festival and for sharing the powerful story that is "Conviction." Our team is looking forward to all that you create next!

  • Megan Smith

    We were delighted to be apart of Georgia Shorts Film Festival and be in the final shortlist. Despite being in the UK, there was brilliant communication and it felt really organised. Thank you!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Megan! Thank you so much for your feedback! We are glad to hear that even across the world we were able to have you and your team feel included! "Best Friends" had our judges and in person audience cracking up, and we can only imagine it did the same for our virtual viewers! We cannot wait to see what you and your team create next!

  • Super thrilled the Fest appreciated my dark comedy, SCREW THE COW, and nominated it for Best Feature Length Comedy Film Screenplay! Thank you for the recognition. FJA

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Frank! Our judges truly loved "SCREW THE COW!" Thank you for sharing such a hilarious screenplay, and for your review! We look forward to staying connected!

  • I love this film festival circuit! Everything was so professional and organized. Everyone was so helpful and down to earth. I felt like I belonged and I recommend their film festivals to all up and coming filmmakers!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Ericka! Thank you so much for your kind words! We truly loved being with you and having your screenplay, "A Record In Time" shared at our festival table read. We heard from several people how much of a difference hearing your screenplay made for them. Our judges always enjoy getting to read a project by you, so please keep them coming!