Sozo Bear Presents: A Night at the Movies is an annual showcase of short narrative films, documentaries, and music videos in Dahlonega, Georgia. Curated and presented by Dahlonega's very own Sozo Bear Films, the festival aims to bring great independent films to the North Georgia area. As the name suggests, A Night At The Movies is a one-night event that includes a red carpet photo-op, live Q&As with actors and filmmakers, and great films shown on the silver screen in historic Downtown Dahlonega, Georgia.

The Schrader Ray Storytelling Award: $500

Presented by singer-songwriter Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) and filmmaker Carrie Schrader (Co-Director of The Founders) will be judging the films based on their storytelling abilities. The winner will receive the coveted "Schrader Ray Storytelling Award" trophy and $500 cash prize.

We accept any short film with a running time of 1 minute to 30 minutes, including credits.

All entries must be submitted as a digital submission.

Submitted films cannot be tied to a distribution deal.

All submissions must have been completed after January 1st, 2016.

All films must be in English or have English subtitles. Non-subtitled or dubbed foreign language films will not be considered.

Only the Producer, Director, Screenwriter or someone closely connected to the film may complete the application. Schools may submit films on behalf of student filmmakers.

Once selected, the filmmaker must have available a digital "print" (minimum format is QuickTime) for projection.

Participants agree that clips from their film and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, Sozo Bear social media pages, and Sozo Bear website and for any promotional purposes which Sozo Bear Films deems appropriate.

If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. Sozo Bear Films will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copy-written materials.

Rules are subject to change at any time with or without prior notice.

Overall Rating
  • Jason K. Allen

    This was a wonderful festival: an excellent selection of films in a beautiful, historic theater with a big and lively crowd. The Q&A's afterward really added to the experience. It was such a well-organized event, it's hard to believe it's only two years old. Can't wait to see where it goes in the future. As a bonus, Dahlonega is a great setting and a fun town to explore, with lots of history and natural wonders nearby. I learned that two Hallmark Christmas movies were filmed here. I had a fantastic time, couldn't have asked for anything more.

    May 2019