Where I'm From Short Film Contest - Guidelines - Atlanta Magazine

What are you looking for?
A short film under 10 minutes depicting a corner of Georgia and what it means to be "from" there. The films can be autobiographical in nature or depict a subject who grew up in Georgia.

Films must have been created after January 1, 2012 and must be available for screening during the spring 2013 Atlanta Film Festival, dates TBD.

Who can enter?
Any legal U.S. resident. You don’t have to currently reside in Georgia to enter. Call for Entries will be open April 2 – December 2, 2012.

What does the winner receive?
One grand-prize winner will receive $1,000. Two finalists and one grand-prize winner will be screened with official selections at the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival. Up to ten semi-finalists will be screened on atlantamagazine.com in the weeks leading up to the festival and may be featured in Atlanta Film Festival 365 year-round programming.

The Grand-Prize winner will also receive (2) All-Access passes to the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival as well as a Director’s level year-round membership to Atlanta Film Festival 365 (an $850 value). Both semi-finalists will receive (2) Weekend passes and a Movie Fanatic year-round membership to Atlanta Film Festival 365 (a $369 value). Additional prizes may be announced.

How do I submit a film?
Films must be submitted on encoded DVDs and be available for screening in a digital file format. Please label DVD with Film Title. All films must be submitted with a paper entry form and signed copy of the rules and regulations and mailed to:

Where I’m From Short Film Contest
c/o Atlanta Magazine
260 Peachtree Street
Suite 300
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303

What is the deadline for submitting a film?
December 2, 2012. Don’t forget to include the competition entry form, signed rules and regulations, and if you’re under 18, the minor release form.

Does submission to the "Where I’m From" competition mean I will also be considered for other Atlanta Film Festival film competitions?
No, entry into "Where I’m From" will not be considered for any other Atlanta Film Festival short film competition.

Does Atlanta Magazine or the Atlanta Film Festival retain ownership of my film if I submit it?
No, entry into the competition does not constitute a release of ownership of the film.

Does entry of my film guarantee a screening online on the Atlanta Magazine website or at the Atlanta Film Festival?
No, only selected semi-finalists will be placed online and only selected finalists will be screened as an Atlanta Film Festival official selection during the Festival.

Does it matter what format my film was shot on?
No, shooting format does not matter, but HD always looks best.

Can my film be submitted to another Atlanta Film Festival short film competition?
Yes, any film can be submitted to any Atlanta Film Festival competition it is eligible for. For submission guidelines please visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com.

Can my film contain copyrighted material?
Films may contain copyrighted material provided permission has been granted by the copyright owner. Any copyrighted material must include permission from the copyright holder. Filmmakers must disclose that they hold all necessary copyrights and indemnify Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Film Festival against any copyright infringement claims.

Is this competition only for "professional" filmmakers?
No, this competition is open to anyone who can tell a visual story that gives a sense of place and depicts what it’s like to grow up in Georgia.

How long or short can my film be?
Films can be a maximum of ten minutes in length. There is no minimum length.

What is the cost to submit my film?
There is no submission fee for the "Where I’m From" short film competition. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

Who will judge the films?
Semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel consisting of representatives from Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Film Festival. The Grand-Prize winner and two runners-up will be chosen by a jury of industry professionals. Panelists will consider narrative strength, artistry, and the ability to convey a sense of place.