Join us for the 18th Annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival held September 17 - 19, 2021.

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
Atlanta Underground Film Festival
Atlanta Horror Film Festival
Atlanta Docufest

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
  • Tim Driscoll

    Great communication and super fluid process!

    September 2021
  • I had a great time. You can tell the organizers really care about film and film makers.

    September 2021
  • Jason MacDonald

    AUFF is one of our faves! Great people, wonderful screenings, terrific communication and fantastic films!

    September 2021
  • I was unable to attend this year's festival in-person but they had excellent communication, were professional, and provided an online screening option for filmmakers who couldn't be there.

    September 2021
  • Stephanie West

    Our team had an amazing experience with #AUFF. First and foremost, they selected wonderful films all around for their festival and we were so honored to be part of that. When we attended the festival, we were welcomed warmly and became an instant part of the festival and its environment. I would recommend this festival 100%.

    September 2021