The lockdown had a drastic impact on both the film industry and on our very lives. It was in this uncertain time that The Atlantis Awards were formed, focusing on giving a voice to up and coming artists. Whether this be student projects, from high school to university, or independent projects from artists just working on making their voices heard, and even to studio projects that are struggling to find a release date; The Atlantis Awards was born to find the still hidden treasures and help them to shine.

Awards are divided into two categories. The first twelve are our core awards, open to everyone regardless of the scale of the project. We then have a smaller groups of awards; focused on student projects. Our goal is to allow all projects to shine; regardless of the budget.

Core awards:
- Best Picture
- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Screenplay
- Best short script
- Best Documentary
- Best Animated Feature
- Best Animated Short Film
- Best Live Action Short Film
- Best Cinematography
- Best Film Editing
- Best Stunt Performance / Choreography

Student Awards
- Best Student Film
- Best Student Director
- Best Student Actor

On the notification day; a maximum of five nominees for each award will be announced. The winners will be announced at the live event, with the results then reflected here within 48 hours.

1. By submitting a film to The Atlantis Awards, the submitter (the “Applicant”) represents that he or she has obtained the necessary consent from all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the film (‘’The Film Owners’’) and has agreed to the terms. By submitting films to The Atlantis Awards under any categories, applicants automatically agree that the ‘’Film Owner’’ will be responsible for any associated legal, financial and ethical implications (claim) associated public exhibition at a film festival.
2. The Atlantis Awards may disqualify or reject submissions that it determines are not in compliance with these terms, and may do so without refunding submission fees.
3. The Atlantis Awards will not pay screening fees for any selected films.
4. The Atlantis Awards reserves all rights to make changes to any festival aspects including the rules and regulation without any prior notification.
A) Eligibility Requirements
All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Dialogue lists are not accepted.
Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
For any specific questions regarding a film’s eligibility, please email:

B) Submission Guidelines
1. Films must be submitted via an online screener hosted by Vimeo or another secure online platform. (It is recommended that films submitted via online screener be available to download). At this time, physical screeners (DVD / BlurRay / etc) will not be accepted. Any physical screener sent will be discarded.
2. Only complete entries (including fee payment and screener) will be considered.
3. Entrants are permitted to submit works-in-progress (i.e., without final color correction or sound mixing), but please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted. Subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.
4. The Atlantis Awards is not responsible for damaged, corrupt, or otherwise unviewable screeners.
5. Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our judges' team and no selection is guaranteed.
6. Not all the submissions are selected for the official competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.

C) Judging & Selection
The Atlantis Awards are judged by an independent panel of film school graduates, industry professionals, and film aficionados. Films are selected for Festival presentation by the Atlantis Awards programming committee. If a film is selected, the Festival office will contact the entrant by email.
The Festival does not provide feedback or screening notes.

D) Entry Fees
Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, registration notification, full consideration by the programming department, and notification of the results.

E) Submitting your movie, you authorize The Atlantis Awards use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media.

I understand and accept the following Submission Requirements.

I warrant that I am authorized to commit the film for screening.

I warrant that I have signed releases from any people appearing in my film, and have the authority to use any copyrighted materials that appear in my film, including but not limited to music, images or footage.

If my film is chosen as an Official Selection, I hereby grant the Atlantis Awards and its funders, creators, distributors, production companies and assigns, the rights to:
Screen my film at the designated hosting location for the duration of the festival without any monetary compensation. During that time, I further grant the above entities the rights to:

- Promote, link to and embed my film trailer in the Atlantis Award’s web and social media platforms and any other platforms they so desire
- Affix to the head and tail of my film bumpers, not to exceed 6 seconds each, that announce my film as an Atlantis Awards Official Selection or Award Winner, potentially including a link after the end credits to
- Use an excerpt from my film not to exceed 30 seconds for a Festival trailer and/or other promotional purposes to promote the Festival and/or The Atlantis Awards, in perpetuity and universally.
- Release, publicize and promote my name, image or likeness in association with my film.

I will indemnify and hold harmless The Atlantis Awards, its creators, production companies, funders and assigns, 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, defamation or publicity related to the presentation, distribution or promotion of my film.

I understand that The Atlantis Awards, its creators, production companies and associates, are constantly creating and producing films, and may have films in existence or in development for future production that may include ideas, images, themes, stories, treatments, interviewees or characters that appear in my film, or otherwise bear a strong resemblance to my film in some other way. I hereby agree that I am not entitled to any compensation in any form based on any similarities of such film content to my film, whether real or perceived.

I am at least 18 years of age, have read and understand the foregoing Terms and Conditions, and am competent to execute this agreement.

Overall Rating
  • Thanks immensely, Atlantis Awards, for my Best Actor Nomination for STILL HUNTING. You made submitting so easy and at a very affordable price that allows more of us indie-filmmakers to get a foothold into the movie industry. Keep up the great work!

    February 2024
  • John Ervin

    The Best Screenplay Award that was bestowed on my feature screenplay "Hideous Splendor" by Atlantis was not only an honor but a significant boost to its prospects as a film. I will be sure to submit more film and script work to the Awards. Hail Atlantis!

    February 2024
  • With my heart filled with joy and amazement, I proudly announce that my faith-base/horror/drama screenplay "At The Mercy Of Faith was a Nominee in The Atlantis Awards.

    February 2024
  • The Atlantis Awards had great communication and a great event, we look forward to submitting in future years. Thanks again!

    October 2023
  • Thanks for selecting "Enter the Room" as a nominee into your festival. The communication was clear and concise and I received everything I needed. I had a good experience overall and will consider submitting future projects to The Atlantis Awards.

    October 2023