The Georgia Documentary Film Festival is a theatrical screening event in Atlanta, Georgia. Our mission is to screen independently produced documentary films from around the world at Atlanta Brewing Company every year. We support and screen films from the state of Georgia, all 50 US States, as well as International Documentary Films. Every film that is submitted to the Georgia Documentary Film Festival will be graded by 12 different judges that will watch every minute of every film including credits.

The Georgia Documentary Film Festival selects the top 30% of films rated by our judging panel. These are called the "official selections." Of the films that are named official selections, there are 5 nominations for each award category. On the event date, there is one winner per award category. If you are unable to attend the event, we will mail the award to you, free of charge, anywhere in the world. The following is a list of our award categories:

Best Cinematography Award
Best Director Award
Best Documentary Film Award (6-30 minutes)
Best Documentary Micro Short Film Award (1-6 minutes)
Best Docu-Series Episode Award
Best Editing Award
Best Georgia Documentary Film Award
Best Historical Documentary Film Award
Best International Director Award
Best International Documentary Film Award
Best Nature and Outdoor Documentary Film Award
Best Political Documentary Film Award
Most Inspirational Film Award

If your film is selected, you are expected to provide a link to download your film so that we can project it at the festival. Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer and similar services are accepted. You can also make your film downloadable on FilmFreeway or Vimeo, so that we can download the file.

We currently project in 1080p, 23.976. (30 fps and 25 fps are also accepted, we will convert them) .mov or .mp4 formats are accepted.

4k files and ProRes are accepted, but they are overkill. We will have to convert these types of files in order to screen them on our system.

We do not accept DCP files at this time.

We do not screen 720p or SD Files.

We do not stream from YouTube or Vimeo at the event, due to internet reliability issues.

You can download a .pdf of our delivery specifications and share them with others with this link:

Georgia Documentary Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Georgia Documentary Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Excellent festival to be a part of. I could not attend, but felt like I was kept in the loop about how everything went. The team were very responsive and I'm happy the choose to screen two of my films. Thank you very much!

    June 2019
  • I was unable to attend the Georgia Documentary Film Festival, but it sincerely felt like I was there. The communication with the festival was outstanding, and they know how to advertise and use social media to their advantage. There were constant posts on Instagram and Facebook leading up to the festival. During the festival, a lot of the events were filmed as a live feed and interviews were constantly being posted. It was an honor to be apart of such a well run festival! I plan on submitting all of my future documentaries to them, I suggest you do, too!

    June 2019
  • Zlila Helman

    It was a great honor to be part in this festival with my short doc. : " we have a dream".... and giving me the opportunity to illuminate and promote storytelling of human issues in a creative space , to a strong and engaged audience. Thank you!

    June 2019
  • victorybonds1 None

    i had a great time and met some awesome people!!!

    June 2019
  • Tyler Hall

    Unfortunately I couldn’t attend this festival but communication with the festival director was fantastic! Overall it was a great experience with a great line up and a crowd.

    June 2019