The 15th Annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival will be held July 19 - 21, 2018 at the Synchronicity Theatre, a new 140-seat theater right in the heart of the Midtown/Uptown neighborhood.

Since 2004, the Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) has served as a forum where independent filmmakers thrive outside the mainstream arena.

AUFF exposes and promotes creative artists who work outside the system to create DIY, grass-roots movies that break the boundaries of film and video.

Through the festival, these talented independent filmmakers now have a voice in a market typically saturated with commercial entertainment designed to satisfy the audience's expectations.

Much more than the traditional stuffy film festival, Atlanta Underground Film Festival is a non-stop party celebrating short and feature films in a down-to-earth, welcoming setting where filmmakers and fans are encouraged to connect and collaborate.

After all these years, we are so proud to have showcased thousands and thousands of talented film and video artists of every experience level.

Enter your film for the 2018 Atlanta Underground Film Festival and join us for this unique celebration of indie films!

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AUFF 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!

Awards & Prizes

These are just some of the Awards presented at AUFF:

​Best Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Comedy Documentary Feature
Best Comedy Feature
Best Director
Best Drama Feature
Best Horror Feature
Best Animated Feature
Best Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Drama Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Animated Short
Best Horror Short
Best Comedy-Horror Short
Best Music Video
Best Experimental Short
Best Action Short
Best Short Short
Best Local Short
​Audience Choice

Rules & Terms

FORMATS
​Entries can be submitted via an online source such as vimeo. No hard-copies accepted.

SHIPPING
Cost of shipping exhibition prints to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. The festival can not accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. Please use as little packaging material as possible to cut down on trash.

CONFIRMATION
Feel free to email us if you would like confirmation of your entry

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION
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.

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    Andrew Hamer

    Had a fantastic experience with the Atlanta Underground Festival, and was truly honored to receive the Best Director of a Short Film award. Thank you Atlanta Underground!

    September 2017
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    Drew Giles

    Such a great experience. Thank you Atlanta Underground Film Festival!!!

    September 2017
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    Festival Formula Ltd

    It's always a pleasure when we get a client selected for Atlanta Underground Film Festival!

    September 2017
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    Nimisha Mukerji

    We had a great time at Atlanta Underground Film Festival. The organizers were awesome, the screening and q&a was well organized and at an excellent venue, and we got to know some wonderful filmmakers.

    September 2017
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    Vasily Chuprina

    Unfortunately I was unable to attend the festival, but the communication was good. The program looks very interesting. I would love to attend the festival next time!

    September 2017