Generally Local Mostly Independent (GLMI) Film Series presented by WonderRoot and Atlanta Film Society is an ongoing partnership between WonderRoot, Plaza Theatre Foundation, and Atlanta Film Society. We host quarterly screenings and regularly bring in guest jurors to select the most promising films of the evening. The series seeks to support emerging filmmakers in getting their work festival-ready. Winning filmmakers receive funding to submit their work to other local and national film festivals, along with VIP access to the annual Atlanta Film Festival.

GLMI provides a high quality venue for local filmmakers to screen their work and helps to cultivate a thriving independent filmmaking scene in Atlanta.

WonderRoot is an Atlanta-based non-profit arts and service organization with a mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change. By providing production facilities to Atlanta-based artists and coordinating arts-based service programs, WonderRoot empowers artists to be proactive in engaging their communities through arts-based service work. We believe that art is an agent of change and that by empowering people with the means to create art, we are in turn empowering people with the means to create change.

Now celebrating a 40-year history, the Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS) is one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the promotion and education of film in the United States. ATLFS aims to unite the Atlanta community by serving artists in creative growth and inspiring audiences through the power of the moving image. Enriching the community through screenings, classes, workshops and other events year-round, the chief operation of ATLFS is the Atlanta Film Festival.



All selected filmmakers:
Films screened at the Historic Plaza Theatre
Fee waiver for submission to the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival

Winning films:
-$150 prize to fund future festival submissions
- All- Access Pass to the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival
- Laurels


WE ACCEPT GEORGIA (USA) PRODUCED SHORT FILMS ONLY. Film must have either been shot in Georgia and/or the filmmaker currently resides in GA.

We are interested in screening high quality films in genres including experimental shorts, documentaries, narratives, animation, music videos, and video art. Entries are accepted in digital format only and should be 20 minutes or less. We are especially interested in screening work by filmmakers who are seriously engaged with their medium and are working to advance their career.

During the submission process, please make sure your film is not available to the general public for online viewing.

Overall Rating
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    Drew Giles

    What a splendid festival. Thank you for having Redneck Zombie.

    April 2017
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    Oliver Smith

    Sound and image looked great. Interesting group of films. Good communication with team. As a film lover, we're lucky to have this series from Wonderroot.

    March 2017
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    Antonio Garcia

    It's a small, fun festival for Atlanta locals. Don't expect much though as promotions are slim and I never heard back or received anything I was suppose to after the festival.

    December 2016
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    Jasmine Lewis

    Cool festival featuring local talent. Well organized and they were great at answering emails.

    August 2016