Welcome to the fifth annual Atlanta High School Film Festival! This is a festival for high school and middle school students in the southeastern US. Hosted by The Westminster School’s StudioW production studio, the festival is an opportunity for student filmmakers to showcase their films and gain recognition for their work.

All high school and middle school students in the states & regions below are welcome to submit!

Best Film
Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Direction
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Special Effects
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Georgia Film
Best Young Filmmaker (Middle School)
Best Animation
Best Sound Design
Best Lighting Design
Best Highlight Reel/ Promotional Video

Please read all the rules and requirements before submitting your project:

1. The film’s director(s) must graduate in or after 2023. If having graduated in 2023, the film's director(s) must have been a high school student when the film was made.

2. The film's director(s) must have resided in one of the following states in the southern United States when the film was made: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, District of Columbia.

3. You may submit as many submissions as you would like, but films submitted before the priority deadline will be considered for screening first.

4. There are no limits on how many people can work on the film. Please list all contributors to your film on your FilmFreeway project page.

5. All copyrighted material used in your submission, including but not limited to music, images, titles, and footage, MUST be properly licensed. You must have permission and/or the proper rights to all content submitted. Please contact us if you are unsure.

6. Movies that contain nudity, gratuitous violence, excessive profanity, and/or derogatory and offensive intent will not be considered.

7. If you choose to submit with a YouTube link, we may request a downloadable link for your film if selected. You must send this link in order for your film to be screened.

8. Please keep film files 4GB or under.

9. The time limit (or page limit) for all submissions is 30 minutes (or 30 minutes), but excerpts of longer films are permitted.

Overall Rating
  • We were nominated for an award, but they never got back to us through their listed emails, nor have they updated their website to reflect a festival even happened this year. We were really excited about this one, as it's focused entirely around HS filmmakers, and were even planning on taking a trip up. Hopefully the students who did go had a great time.

    May 2023
  • Asher Anantham

    Great opportunity for young filmmakers!

    February 2023
  • Great festival! Solid lineup and very hospitable, enjoyable environment. Information about attending the festival could have been communicated more effectively but other than that I recommend this one to any high school filmmaker!

    February 2023
  • Severina Mladenova

    Thank you for providing such a great opportunity for a first time movie creator and encouraging a young female artist to shatter glass ceilings!
    AnnaSophia Nicely
    Washington, DC

    April 2022
  • Andrew Stevens

    I loved how nice and helpful the directors were and the festival was unparalleled by any high school festival that I’ve entered in Georgia.

    February 2020