The 9th Annual Atlanta Shortsfest is held July 6 - 7, 2018 at the Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Atlanta Shortsfest is held at Synchronicity Theatre, a 140-seat theater right in the heart of the Midtown/Uptown neighborhood, on Peachtree St. in the Peachtree Pointe building. With a great restaurant next door, hotels nearby and safe, easy parking, Synchronicity Theatre is the new hub for intimate in-town entertainment.


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

The scorching summer months bring Atlanta's Summer Film Series. Celebrate a collection of music related films at the Music in Cinema (MIC) Film Festival in June. In July, the best shorts in the world are presented at the Atlanta Shortsfest, and the top independent features and shorts are showcased at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival.

Atlanta's Fall Film Series, held September and October, is a showcase of unforgettable documentary films during the Atlanta Docufest, and a terrifying celebration of the best horror films from across the globe at Atlanta Horror Film Festival.

All events are held at The Synchronicity Theatre, a 140-seat theater right in the heart of the Midtown/Uptown neighborhood, on Peachtree St. in the Peachtree Pointe building.

With a great restaurant and bar next door to the theatre, filmmakers and fans can gather after their screenings to connect and collaborate.

Join us in 2018 for all of these events at the Atlanta Film Series, and see why Atlanta has become the top destination for filmmakers and their fans!

These are just some of the Awards the festival will present in 2017:

Best Short Film
Best Drama Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Horror Short
Best Thriller Short
Best Sci-Fi Short
Best Student Film
Best Comedy Short
Best Music Video
Best Action Short
Best Erotic Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Short Short
Best Animated Short
Best Local Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Ensemble Cast
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
  • Vasily Chuprina

    I like the festival and would be happy to attend it next time!

    September 2017
  • Beau Fowler

    I wasn't able to attend, but the communication was great and helpful. And very pleased our short film was nominated for 'Best Action Short'. Definitely recommend to others.

    August 2017
  • William Odle

    This was a great festival! Friendly staff. Cool venue. Very well run. Good turnout -- engaged audience. And Atlanta's a really fun city.

    July 2017
  • Fernando Mattos

    Wonderful festival! Really professional organizers, kind and attentive. We cannot wait to attend again next year.

    July 2017
  • Rob Tiffin

    Great fest! The guys running it were gracious and hospitable, and the crowd was warm and supportive. 10/10 would attend again.

    July 2017