AtomaCon is an annual 3-day media convention held in Charleston, South Carolina. The convention will be entering its 5th year in 2018, and we're now introducing a film festival to the line-up! Additionally, enjoy 3 days of Visual Media programming. 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 25 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.

Female, POC, LGBT, and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to submit. Both AtomaCon and its film festival are 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!

All selected entrants will be given a complimentary 3-day membership to AtomaCon 2018. Selected entrants will also be offered a group rate of $25/membership for any cast and crew that wish to travel with them.

We also have cash prizes!

BEST FILM:
- $100 prize + 2 memberships to AtomaCon 2019.

BEST ACTOR:
- $25 prize + 1 membership to AtomaCon 2019

BEST ACTRESS:
- $25 prize + 1 membership to AtomaCon 2019

BEST CAROLINA FILM (films made by NC or SC residents):
- $25 prize + 1 membership to AtomaCon 2019

Additionally, non-cash prizes may be offered for the following, when relevant:
BEST HORROR/SUSPENSE
BEST SCIENCE FICTION
BEST FANTASY
BEST FAN FILM
BEST EXPERIMENTAL/OTHER
BEST NONFICTION/DOCUMENTARY
BEST MICROSHORT (Under 3 Minutes)
BEST EDITING
BEST EFFECTS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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 gratuitous violence, sexual content, and language, but at the event, they must be screened with a content warning beforehand.

AtomaCon memberships are not exchangeable for cash.

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 premiere requirements, and you can have the film for free online. However, we do prefer films that have had their world premieres after November 2016.