AtomaCon is an annual 3-day media convention held in Charleston, South Carolina. Atomacon Film Festival has had a successful first three years, we're happy to return for 2023!

In addition to 3 days of films, enjoy our Media Arts programming track. Meet and greet with industry veterans and media experts with over 20 hours of panels, screenings, and Q+As.

As a geeky convention, we're looking for short films under 20 minutes that fall into typical "geek" genres - science fiction, fantasy, horror, and fan films. However, if you've got something that doesn't quite fall into those genres, like a documentary about cosplay or an experimental stop-motion short starring GI Joes, we'll take a look at that too. We love retro comedies, parodies, gaming films, and and anything that a sci-fi convention would love. We have also this year decided to open up a short screenplay competition. If you have an awesome geeky, horror, sci-fi short screenplay. We want to read it.

Female, POC, LGBT, and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to submit. AtomaCon is female-run, and we are dedicated to showcasing voices that are not traditionally lifted on the film circuit. Additionally, we like to see good, thoughtful roles given to minority and female actors, and for their characters to be treated with dignity instead of tokenism and victim-hood. And that goes for ALL entries!

We also have a special regional category for filmmakers from Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Be sure to submit in our regional film category if you would like to be considered for our Best Regional award!

All selected entrants will be given a complimentary 3-day membership to AtomaCon 2023. Selected entrants will also be offered a group rate of $25/membership for any cast and crew that wish to travel with them.

We will be announcing sponsored prizes as sponsors come aboard, but for now, we offer awards in the following categories. All award winners receive a membership to the following year's AtomaCon (2023):

- BEST SCREENPLAY
- RUNNER UP BEST SCREENPLAY
- BEST SHORT
- BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
- BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
- BEST REGIONAL (SC/GA/NC)
- DIRECTOR'S CHOICE
- JUDGES FAVORITE

Additionally, genre prizes and additional technical awards may be offered for the following categories, when relevant:

BEST HORROR/SUSPENSE
BEST SCIENCE FICTION
BEST FANTASY
BEST COMEDY
BEST FAN FILM
BEST NONFICTION/DOCUMENTARY
BEST MICROSHORT (Under 3 Minutes)
BEST MUSIC

We do not offer waivers. Our entry fees are intentionally kept low so that our festival is accessible for most budgets.

You will be asked to provide a digital screener if selected. No hard copies will be accepted.

There is no minimum age for entry.

Submissions must be in English or have English subtitles.

Entries may have violence, sexual content, and language, but no real people or animals can be harmed in the making of your film., nor do we accept unsimulated depictions of sex acts.

AtomaCon memberships are not exchangeable for cash.

Physical prizes will be shipped to U.S. winners only. International winners will still receive any digital and monetary prizes earned.

Refunds may be issued in the event of festival cancellation. Otherwise, fees are nonrefundable. You are not eligible for a refund if your film is not selected.

We don't have any hard premiere requirements, but we do prefer films that have had their world premieres after January 2018.

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  • Piero Cannata

    Wonderful festival with an excellent selection of short films. I'm really honored for the award received. Thank you so much for everything and see you soon!

    November 2022
  • Very cool festival! Happy to have had my movie “The Fallen Elves” be a part of it!

    June 2022
  • Vincent Viñas

    Excellent fest with excellent people behind it. Highly recommended!!!

    June 2022
  • Daniele De Muro

    Honoured to have my short film"Horizon" at this beautiful Festival. I hope to submit a new project next year.

    June 2022
  • Sarah Carlot Jaber

    Thank you so much ! 💜👌

    May 2022