Join us for the 14th Annual Atlanta Shortsfest held June 2 & 3, 2023 at RoleCall Theater with filmmaker parties and other special events at venues nearby.

Atlanta Shortsfest showcases a diverse mix of short films by ultra-talented filmmakers from across the globe. For the last fourteen years, we have showcased thousands of incredible films of every genre with a running time under 45 minutes. Judges program comedy, animation, documentary, experimental, horror & sci-fi, erotic, fantasy, drama, thrillers, action & adventure, cult and just about any other genre you can imagine.

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.


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

Events include:

Atlanta Docufest - March 3 - 5, 2023
Atlanta Shortsfest - June 2 & 3, 2023
Atlanta Underground Film Festival - August 4 - 6, 2023
Atlanta Horror Film Festival - October 12 - 15, 2023

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.

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 one week 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
  • Anthony J. James

    Love this festival! Always have agreat time here. I would love to have more networking events associated with this, but I love this festival!

    September 2022
  • Adetinpo Thomas

    I'm really happy we submitted and attended. This was a lovely experience. Love what this festival is doing for Atlanta.

    July 2022
  • Eamon Glennon

    Great festival. A beautiful time getting to hang with the ATL film community. It was an honor and a pleasure..

    July 2022
  • Christy Lee Hughes

    Eric and Lauren are so so awesome! We had a great experience with Atlanta Shortsfest! Their communication is excellent and they also do a great job of promoting the festival on their social media channels. Can't wait to go in person next time! Thank you for selecting Guardian!

    July 2022
  • Margot Ott

    A shout out to Festival Directors, Lauren and Eric for producing an outstanding Film Festival and for their Southern hospitality!
    And many thanks for nominating Killing Georgia Jones for Best Thriller! Much appreciated!
    A special thanks to Eric for the glowing review and to Lauren for her insightful questions during the post screening Q&A.
    I had a wonderful visit and would highly recommend AtlantaShorts to any aspiring filmmaker!

    July 2022