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 weekend 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 International Film 
Best Director
Best Cinematography
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

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:

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 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 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.

Overall Rating
  • I am new to the film festival scene being a first time film maker and my experience even in Covid times was beyond exciting! This was our world premiere, so even though masked we were able to celebrate in-person and Summer in the South made this truly special. Fantastic networking opportunities via zoom and my team and I are honored to have premiered in our hometown of Atlanta!!!

    January 2021
  • Aimiende Negbenebor Sela

    I truly enjoyed my experience in this year's Summer in the South Film Festival. I couldn't attend in person, but was able to give a virtual Q & A and still be part of the social distance conscious festivities. Congratulations to all the filmmakers who got to showcase their work, and kudos to the festival team for pivoting so well given the current circumstances. We appreciate the Best Cinematography award for Utopia. Thank you, we're truly honored.

    October 2020
  • Joan Philo

    Top notch! Forward thinking, fun, classy, and smart!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Joan! Thank you so much for your kind words! We feel like we can say the same about you! Congratulations again on your screenplay, "Scoot" being one of our award winners. Our team was very grateful you were able to join us virtually and we are so excited to have you join our Festival family!

  • Schyler Martin

    We had a great experience with this festival! Though we had to virtually attend in due to COVID-19, we felt very welcome and were impressed by the safety measures, the positive atmosphere, and all of the films we saw. This festival is well worth your money! My team and I hope to attend in person in the future.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Schyler! Thank you so much for your kind words! We were very grateful to get to be with you and your team virtually for this festival! Not only did your film, "The Penis Between Us" have us cracking up, but your Q&A was both insightful and hilarious! It is very clear that you all are a fun, hardworking, and inspiring team. We at Summer in the South Film Festival would love to stay connected and also hope to meet in person one day!

  • Alex Parkinson

    Very impressive undertaking during COVID times. The films were all very strong and the staff kept everybody safe and still managed to screen films in an environment that we could enjoy. Definitely recommended and I will submit again in future.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Alex! Our team was so grateful to connect with you in person at our festival. You and your team are always a pleasure to be around, and your film, "Ring Fingered" truly was a crowd favorite! We at Summer in the South Film Festival are very excited to see what's next for you and your crew as you continue to create top notch films!