The Summer in the South Film Festival welcomes filmmakers and their amazing films as we say goodbye to summer over Labor Day weekend - in the heart of the South - Atlanta, GA. We have an entire day packed with independent film screenings, Q&As with the filmmakers, stand-up comedy, live panels with professionals in the film industry, and networking.

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.

Best Drama Film
Best Horror Film 
Best Comedy Film
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Music Video
Best International Film 
Best Georgia Film
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Editor
Best Drama Screenplay- Feature
Best Drama Screenplay-Short
Best Comedy Screenplay- Feature
Best Comedy Screenplay- Short
Best Horror Screenplay- Feature
Best Horror Screenplay- Short
Best Thriller Screenplay- Feature
Best Thriller Screenplay- Short
Best Action Screenplay- Feature
Best Action Screenplay- Short
Best Sci-Fi Screenplay- Feature
Best Sci-Fi Screenplay- Short
Best International Screenplay
Best Georgia Screenplay


• Please fully fill out your submission profile to avoid hold-ups in the judging process.

• If you submit a Film in process and it gets selected, please notice we expect it to be completed within two weeks after the Notification Date. Otherwise, it will be disqualified. No exceptions. It is every submitter's responsibility to read the Rules and Terms of each Festival before submitting.

• If your film is selected you are not to submit any other updated, altered version of your film. If you send a film that is different from or longer than what was initially selected by the festival judging team, your film may be disqualified to the discretion of the festival director.

• 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. Only Google Drive and Dropbox are accepted. You can also make your film downloadable on FilmFreeway or Vimeo.

• All films must be under 4GB and 1080HD Max in either MP4 or MOV format.

• We do not accept DCP files.

• We do not screen 720p or SD Files.

• We do not stream from YouTube or Vimeo at the event.

• The Summer in the South 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, newsletter, 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 The Summer in the South 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.

• The Summer in the South Film Festival DOES NOT offer refunds on submissions.

Overall Rating
  • John Affleck

    A great, one-day festival with high-quality films and a diverse group of most young, smart filmmakers. It was a fairly low-budget affair in terms of bells and whistles, with no real hospitality space and networking left to the filmmakers chatting between blocs of film. But the location was fantastic, a community theatre in the Ponce City Market. Overall we felt like we'd accomplished something getting invited to this festival and everyone was friendly and welcoming.

    October 2022
  • Summer in the South was a wonderful festival, featuring a wide variety of genre-based indie films. It was a great event to meet a small group of dedicated filmmakers around the ATL area and abroad!

    September 2022
  • I had a wonderful time at this festival. The actors that were hired for the table read to read my script were very nice. Communication was stellar. I would definitely go back. To top it off I met so many other wonderful filmmakers.

    September 2022
  • The programmers are very hospitable and genuine, nice people. I loved showing my film Parallels there and it was an honor to take Best Drama Award. I met great filmmakers and it is a nice small festival to attend.

    September 2022
  • What a special experience! The care that went into this festival is reflected in not only the quality of films showcased, but in the focus on the individual filmmakers and their stories. I came out of this festival having seen some really moving and creative films, and having made many new friends!

    September 2022