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 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
Best Horror 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
  • Marshall Seese, Jr.

    I highly recommend this festival. It's curator, Caroline, is so passionate about film and bringing filmmakers together it shows in the festival. Great people, and and high quality films.

    March 2020
  • Great festival! But maybe you can connect a little more with the selected.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Jade,

    Please let me know how we can improve our communication! my direct email is I'm looking forward to hearing how we can improve our experience for our filmmakers and writers :)

  • I was honored to have my screenplay "Neptune's Honor" reach the finals. I was always kept up to date on the festival details and updates. Much thanks!

    December 2019
  • Wonderful communication and a great festival to submit your film AND screenplays to. They dedicate to indie filmmakers and writers! Definitely, submit your projects.

    November 2019
  • Very thoughtful of GSFF for placing my screenplay, "The Musketeers and The Zombies" as a nominee in the Best International Screenplay category as it isn't a horror screenplay in the strictest sense. Thanks for making me part of your growing festival. Caroline King is a terrific communicator and guiding force behind the festival.

    November 2019