You are invited to the 20th Annual Atlanta Docufest held March 22 - 23, 2025 at Limelight Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.

2025 marks our 20th annual celebration of documentary films and filmmakers, and we will continue to bring you the best in independent documentary films from across the globe. Atlanta DocuFest showcases meaningful life stories which educate and entertain audiences of every demographic.

We encourage talented documentary filmmakers from every country to share your story with our audience. Join us for this very special event, and experience a collection of some of the best documentary films of the year!


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

Join us for all the Atlanta Film Series Events:
Atlanta Shortsfest - June 21 - 23, 2024
Atlanta Underground Film Festival - August 16 - 18, 2024
Atlanta Horror Film Festival - October 4 - 6, 2024
Atlanta Micro Short Film Fest - March 21, 2025
Atlanta Docufest - March 22 - 23, 2025

Atlanta Docufest presents awards in various categories.

Past awards include:

Best Documentary Feature
Best Dramatic Documentary Feature
Best Social - Issue Documentary Feature
Best Art Documentary Feature
Best Foreign Documentary Feature
Best Political Documentary Feature
Best Environmental Documentary Feature
Best Local Documentary Feature
Audience Choice Documentary Feature
Jury Choice Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Featurette
Best Documentary Short
Best Experimental Documentary Short
Best Sports Documentary Short
Best Foreign Documentary Short
Best Dramatic Documentary Short
Best Art Documentary Short
Audience Choice Documentary Short
Best Director

​We only accept online screeners.

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 do not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed.

Feel free to email us if you would like confirmation of entry, or check your FilmFreeway account page.

Overall Rating
  • Anthony Werhun

    We had a wonderful experience and are honored that IT’S NOT UP TO US won the Short Documentary Jury Award — considering the high quality of films in this festival, that is a tremendous honor.
    Every film in our program was fantastic and I look forward to following the careers of the talented filmmakers I encountered at Docufest.
    Our team is grateful for the positive experience and we will be submitting future projects to Atlanta Docufest.

    April 2024
  • Sue Schroeder

    So grateful to be able to attend Atlanta Docufest in person. A fabulous venue and expereince.

    April 2024
  • Grateful for the East Coast premier of our documentary short. We all had such a great time. An excellent vibe all the way around !

    March 2024
  • Jake Bell

    Huge thanks to Atlanta Docufest for screening my documentary short. The event was well organized, curated, and a great time. The staff were welcoming and communication was great. I hope to be able to attend even more screenings next year, and hopefully continue submitting films!

    April 2023
  • Thank you for including our short film Mustang Moments in your wonderful festival. We are so honored.

    March 2023