You are invited to the 21st Annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival held August 16 - 18, 2024. Join us for live screenings at Limelight Theater, late night parties, and plenty of networking opportunities.

Since 2004, the Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) has served as a forum where independent filmmakers thrive outside the mainstream arena. For the last 21 years, we have exposed and promoted 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 to the next Atlanta Underground Film Festival and join us for this unique celebration of indie films!


AUFF is held during the annual Atlanta Film Series, a showcase of independent film packed designed to spotlight every genre of cinema imaginable.

Join us for all the Atlanta Film Series Events:

Atlanta Shortsfest - June 29 - 30, 2024
Atlanta Underground Film Festival - August 16 - 18, 2024
Atlanta Horror Film Festival - October 4 - 6, 2024
Atlanta Docufest - March 22 - 23, 2025
Atlanta Micro Short Film Fest - May 31, 2025

Join us for all of the events at the Atlanta Film Series.

These are just some of the Awards presented at AUFF:

​Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Comedy Feature
Best Director
Best Drama Feature
Best Horror Feature
Best Sci-Fi Feature
Best Thriller Feature
Best Animated Feature
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Ensemble Cast
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

​Entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway.

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

There are no premiere requirements.

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.

We can only offer waivers to festival alumni. Email us with the subject line Festival Alumini to receive the waiver code.

Overall Rating
  • Max Lincoln

    Fantastic festival with great communication!!!

    August 2023
  • Thanks to the AUFF. We had a nice full house and were received very warmly. Hopefully they will find a better venue and setup in the future.

    August 2023
  • Russell Goldman

    A wonderful festival! Felt honored to be chosen among this curation.

    August 2023
  • Thank you so much for presenting our short "Let the Metal Fall" and making it easy for me to bring in my cast and crew. Great festival!

    August 2023
  • Melissa Kunnap

    Always a wonderful festival, and well organized.

    August 2023