You are invited to the 20th Annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival held August 3 - 6, 2023. Join us for live screenings at RoleCall Theater with select online screenings running until August 11. Don't miss our Friday night Filmmaker Meet & Greet, and Saturday night filmmaker party where attending filmmakers can network at our open bar.

Since 2004, the Atlanta Underground Film Festival (AUFF) has served as a forum where independent filmmakers thrive outside the mainstream arena. For the last 20 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, an annual showcase of independent film packed with four unique film festivals designed to spotlight every genre of cinema imaginable.

Events include:

Atlanta Docufest - March 3 - 5, 2023
Atlanta Shortsfest - June 2 & 3, 2023
Atlanta Underground Film Festival - August 4 - 6, 2023
Atlanta Horror Film Festival - October 12 - 15, 2023

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
  • Jule Körperich

    Thank you so much for having our Film The way to a man's heart at your festival and for choosing us as best animation!!! That really made my day/week/month...

    September 2022
  • Emma Swider

    AUFF was an awesome festival to be apart of! Fantastic films, super kind festival directors/staff, cool location... It was a great time from start to finish! Hope to be back!

    August 2022
  • Keith Rubin

    We had a fantastic time at AUFF! Lauren and Eric helmed a great festival that was thoughtfully put together and smoothly-run, with plenty of opportunities to interact with fellow filmmakers. Great venue and setting with well-attended screenings and clear communication throughout the whole process. Will definitely submit again!

    August 2022
  • Eric Krasle

    This Festival was well run, well attended, very well located (except could be better with stadium seating), and professional. The staff were splendid.

    August 2022
  • Dana Leigh Snyder (Nora 6592)

    I've been waiting to write reviews for festivals until the end of my run, but I just couldnt wait for this one. AUFF was a wonderful expeience with kind, communicative curators and a wonderful, professional pool of work. They really made this experience special!

    August 2022