ATLFF leads the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. It works to develop the independent film lovers of the future through various screenings, networking events, and social media.
ATLFF offers jury prizes in a variety of categories, including narrative, documentary, music video, and LGBT-related short-form projects. Winners of the festival's Narrative and Animated Short competitions automatically qualify for the Academy Awards shortlist. For many gifted storytellers, ATLFF marks only the beginning of a limitless and thrilling journey in cinema. Submit your best work today!
Best Animated Short
Best Narrative Short
Awards & Prizes
Jury awards are given for the following categories:
Best Narrative Feature ($1,500 prize)
Best Documentary Feature ($1,500 prize)
Best Narrative Short ($750 prize)
Best Documentary Short ($750 prize)
Best Animated Short ($750 prize)
The winners of our Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short prizes all qualify for the following year’s Academy Awards.
Films competing in juried categories are chosen solely at the discretion of the ATLFF programming team. Acceptance to the festival does not guarantee placement in competition.
ATLFF juries are composed of filmmakers, film critics and industry figures. Recent jurors have included Academy Award-nominated filmmakers and representatives from The Los Angeles Times, Indiewire, XLrator Media, Adult Swim, Vimeo, Film Independent, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Seed and Spark, and MUBI.
All officially-selected features and short films will be eligible for our Audience Awards. In addition to the juried prizes listed above, ATLFF also awards prizes in a variety of non-juried categories. While they vary from year to year, previous non-juried prizes have included the Georgia Film Award, the New Mavericks Award (for a film directed by and starring women), the Pink Peach Award (LGBT), the Filmmaker-to-Watch Award, and the Programmer’s Award. All official selections that meet the guidelines of these non-juried competitions, in a year when they are being presented, will be eligible.
Additional prizes to be announced.