The 17th Annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival will be held September 3 - 5, 2020 at Art & Industry in Atlanta, Georgia.
We are screening films outdoors this year, and attendees will be asked to wear masks and bring their own chairs, blankets and/or pillows.

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 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 with four unique film festivals designed to spotlight every genre of cinema imaginable.

Events include:

Atlanta Shortsfest
August 27 - 29, 2020

Atlanta Underground Film Festival
September 3 - 5, 2020

Atlanta Horror Film Festival
September 10 - 12, 2020

Atlanta Docufest
November 5 - 7, 2020

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

These are just some of the Awards presented at AUFF:

​Best Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Comedy Feature
Best Director
Best Drama Feature
Best Horror 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 can be submitted via an online source such as vimeo. No hard-copies accepted.

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

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.

Overall Rating
  • Excellent festival! The curators were very professional and quick to reply to any questions I had! I would have loved to attend, but was unable to. I am honored to have my film screened with the Atlanta Underground Film Festival and hope to attend it another year.

    August 2019
  • David Bergen

    Great festival! Always love the synchronicity theater - was honored to be selected along with some great short films. Very easy to pick up my complementary passes. No issues at all with communication with the festival. The Q and A was short but only because they were on top of their schedule.

    August 2019
  • This was my first Official Selection in an Atlanta festival and it was awesome. The films were great and the atmosphere was very intimate and social. Fun not stuffy. Communication was great. The screenings didn't have any issues and everything was screened on time. Very happy to be a part of it!

    August 2019
  • Joe Stucky

    Thanks showing my film at your great festival!

    August 2019
  • Anthony Bradford

    From the quality of the other films, to the organization and hospitality of Eric, Cameron, BJ, Monet & Lauren, I could not have asked for a better festival experience. The Synchronicity Theater was the perfect venue for screening the films! So great to experience my film with an audience watching and to meet other passionate and talented filmmakers.

    August 2019