The 2017 Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival (Atlanta Docufest) is held September 8 - 10, 2017 at the Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

2017 marks our 12th annual celebration of documentary films and filmmakers, and we will continue to bring you the best in independent documentary films from across the globe. 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, where life-changing documentary films and their creators are celebrated.

Join us and experience a collection of some of the best documentary films of 2017!


Docufest is held as part of the Atlanta Film Series, a four-month showcase of independent film packed with events designed to spotlight every genre of cinema imaginable.

The scorching summer months of July and August bring the Atlanta's Summer Film Series, with award-winning short films showcased at Atlanta Shortsfest, and the top independent features and shorts at Atlanta Underground Film Festival.

Atlanta's Fall Film Series, held September and October, showcase unforgettable documentary films during the Atlanta Docufest, and a terrifying celebration of the top horror films from across the globe at Atlanta Horror Film Festival.

Atlanta Docufest is held at The Synchronicity Theatre, a 140-seat theater right in the heart of the Midtown/Uptown neighborhood, on Peachtree St. in the Peachtree Pointe building. With a great restaurant next door, hotels nearby and safe, easy parking, Synchronicity Theatre is the new hub for intimate in-town entertainment.

Join us in 2017 for all of these events at the Atlanta Film Series, and see why Atlanta has become the top destination for filmmakers and their fans!

Awards & Prizes

The 2017 Docufest will present awards in various categories, including:

Best Documentary Feature
Best Comedy 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
Judges 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

Rules & Terms

​We strongly recommend submission copies submitted through a online screener via a source such as Vimeo. Please be sure to include a password if required.
Hard copies will be considered, but please email us first to let us know you are mailing.

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. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know. We do not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed.

Cost of shipping exhibition copies to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. The festival can not accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. Please use as little packaging material as possible to cut down on trash.

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

7 Reviews

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    Yaron Betan

    Great Film Festival, awesome communication too!

    September 2017
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    Olga and Andrii Andreiev

    I was very glad to participate in this wonderful festival. Thank you. We hope to show our new films to the audience in the future.

    September 2017
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    Markus Eichenberger

    Great festival. Thanks a lot for everything.

    September 2017
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    Ric Osuna

    Atlanta DocuFest was a great experience. Although it is still growing, the venue is a professional theater that provides filmmakers the ideal setting to exhibit their hard work and beloved films. The Q&A time was also an enjoyable experience for filmmakers to connect with the audience. I hope to return with another film in the next few years.

    September 2017
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    Brian Donovan

    Thanks Atlanta Docufest, you were great!

    September 2016