WonderRoot's Generally Local Mostly Independent (GLMI) Film Series 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 supports 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.

The submission fee for GLMI is $5. Please email Programs Coordinator Nina Dolgin at nina@wonderroot.org if you cannot afford this fee due to financial hardship.

WonderRoot is an Atlanta-based non-profit arts and service organization with a mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change. WonderRoot works to improve the cultural and social landscape of Atlanta through creative initiatives and community partnerships. Learn more at wonderroot.org

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. Enriching the community through screenings, classes, workshops and other events year-round, the chief operation of ATLFS is the Atlanta Film Festival. Learn more at atlantafilmsociety.org


All selected filmmakers:
Films screened at the Historic Plaza Theatre
Fee waiver for submission to the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival

Winning films:
-$150 prize to fund future festival submissions
- All-Access Pass to the 2019 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.

The submission fee for GLMI is $5. Please email Programs Coordinator Nina Dolgin at nina@wonderroot.org if you cannot afford this fee due to financial hardship.

Overall Rating
  • Alex Preston

    A charming historic Atlanta theater sets the backdrop for a well-curated collection of cinematic work by talented filmmakers.

    Thank you WonderRoot for making my film "Bully" a part of your program. I am so honored to receive the 2017 WonderRoot Jury Award. Thanks to our cast and crew for their hard work on this film. Thank you juror Gavin Godfrey and the WonderRoot audiences for hearing our story.

    January 2020
  • Gabriela McNicoll

    Great Festival & I enjoyed the films selected very much. Thank you for showcasing the work of Atlanta filmmakers in such an amazing theater.

    August 2018
  • Drew Giles

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

    April 2017
  • 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
  • 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