The 11th Annual Atlanta Shortsfest is held August 27 - 29, 2020.

The festival will be held outdoors at

Art & Industry​
565 Northside Dr SW Unit #5
Atlanta, Georgia 30310

Masks are required. Bring a chair, pillow or blanket.

Atlanta Shortsfest showcases a diverse mix of short films by ultra-talented filmmakers from across the globe.

Traditionally, short films often do not garner the attention they deserve on the festival circuit. Atlanta Shortsfest was established to spotlight and promote excellent short films, and provide an important platform to share and discuss your work with appreciative audiences and fellow filmmakers.

The Atlanta Shortsfest showcases a variety of short films with a running time under 45 minutes. Judges program comedy, animation, documentary, experimental, horror & sci-fi, personal, erotic, fantasy, drama, thrillers, action & adventure, cult and just about any other genre you can imagine.

The Atlanta Shortsfest is held during the annual Atlanta Film Series, a showcase of independent film packed with four unique film festivals designed to spotlight every genre of cinema imaginable.

Events include:

Atlanta Shortsfest
August 27 - 29, 2020

Atlanta Underground Film Festival
September 3 - 5, 2020

Atlanta Horror Film Festival
September 10 - 12, 2020

Atlanta Docufest
November 5 - 7, 2020

Join us for all of the events at the Atlanta Film Series.

These are just some of the Awards the festival has presented:

Best Short Film
Best Drama Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Horror Short
Best Thriller Short
Best Sci-Fi Short
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Action Short
Best Erotic Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Mini Short
Best Animated Short
Best Local Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Director

Entries must be submitted via an online source, such as a link to vimeo. Please email us if you would like to send a hard-copy.

Programming decisions are made by the festival directors and our selection committee. If accepted, we will notify filmmakers by email. After acceptance, the exhibition format will need to be in our office two weeks before the festival. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know. We do not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed.

Overall Rating
  • Jai Santiago

    Very nice festival event. The venue @ Synchronicity Theater in Atlanta is PERFECTLY intimate. Our team was so humbled to have had our project screened for the Atlanta audience there.

    July 2019
  • Adam Vincent Wright

    So honored that my short film Timmy Slays the Talent Show played the festival. I wasn't able to attend this year, but the festival directors were great to deal with and I was contacted by people that saw my film at the festival which was really nice.

    January 2019
  • It was honored to have been selected!!

    July 2018
  • Daniel Ruebesam

    I've had two films in the festival, yet. Unfortunately, I have never had the chance to actually attend. But the communication with the staff and organizers has just been great. Very friendly and pleasant. I hope to attend in the future!

    July 2018
  • Carroll Brown

    As a filmmaker, this was a wonderful experience -- the festival directors stayed in close communication, quickly answered questions, and provided a wonderful atmosphere. I was also fortunate enough to be able to attend, and as a filmgoer I was delighted and impressed by the quality of the films. A great experience all around!

    July 2018