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.

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 Dark Comedy
Best International Film
Best Georgia Film
Best Horror Film
Best Music Video
Best Cinematography Award
Best Director Award
Best Editing
Best Picture 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

Please fully fill out your submitter profile to avoid hold ups in the judging process.

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
  • The team of Caroline, Katy, Archith, and the rest of the crew did an outstanding job setting up interesting panels and showing innovative short films of different genres. I had the honor of my project -Sophia's Carol winning Best Comedy Short Screenplay and got to do a table read with a large group of talented actors. It was a wonderful experience all around! I highly recommend this festival.

    July 2021
  • Lee Bailey

    What a wonderful festival run by great people that clearly love film. Special thanks to Caroline and her crew for doing such a great job in such hard times.

    June 2021
  • Great people who care a lot about the burgeoning indie film community in Atlanta.

    May 2021
  • Katie Boyer

    It was so much fun to screen our dark drama GARDEN OF THE GODS at Georgia Shorts! Carolyn, Katy, and the crew did a great job planning a festival that served both in-person and remote audiences. I was able to attend in person (and audiences were a little small), but it was nice knowing that others were joining through Zoom and to see that filmmakers who wouldn't be able to attend otherwise could participate virtually. The panel topics and panelists were outstanding, and I would attend again just for the panels. I was also impressed by the quality and variety of the films, and I loved the way they were programmed. My only wish would be for a little more time between events. Hope to attend again in the future! Thanks to the Georgia Shorts crew!

    May 2021
  • Kerry Stauffer

    Had a fantastic time at Georgia Shorts. So many great shorts were seen. Caroline, the director of the event, was super sweet and you could see all the dedication. It was super great meeting other’s who helped with the event, I made many new contacts in Atlanta and I’m happy to call it a home away from home now. We also were super thrilled to walk away with Best Dark Comedy.

    May 2021