Call for Entries

• Action/Adventure
• Animation
• Comedy
• Documentary
• Drama
• Fan Films
• Horror
• Mystery/Thriller
• Musicals
• Puppetry
• Science Fiction/Fantasy
• Student
• Web Series/Webisode
• Western
• Made in Georgia
• Review Only

barMission Statement

Our goal is to recognize filmmakers whose short films demonstrate their ability to produce well-crafted motion pictures.



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In Recognition of Quality Filmcraft

Films must be less than 30 minutes in length to enter this festival.
Preferred: An H264 or MP4 file compressed from the original 1080p or 720P master.
Minimum Acceptable: An H264 or MP4 file at 480i. Do not rip from a DVD unless you have no other option.
• We prefer Vimeo to YouTube as the hosting platform.
• Do NOT enable ads on your film or it will be disqualified without refund.
• Do NOT put logo bugs or any other overlays on the film.
• Do NOT start your film with a countdown slate, they are a waste of time.
• We prefer end credits to be 60 seconds or less.
(ALL film festivals hate long end credits BTW)
• Experimental films will be reclassified as Review Only, regardless whch category they are entered under..
• All films are scored and may receive an award for the film and/or cast or crew.
• We ONLY screen the top 3 award-winning films in each genre and films scoring 70 or higher. So your film may receive an award yet NOT be accepted for the festival.
• Laurels are ONLY awarded to those films which are shown at the festival and are not sent until AFTER the festival.

If your film is selected for screening, the Producer and/or Director must either attend the online Awards Presentation or send in an acceptance speech video prior to the festival. If no one represents your film at the Awards Presentation and you do not send in an acceptance speech video you will forfeit all awards and you will not receive laurels.

PLEASE NOTE: Films must be produced by those under 21. This category is not for filmmakers with professional experience. We reserve the right to reclassify any entry into the Student category. If rejected, you will be refunded and must re-enter under the proper genre at the non-Student entry fee.

MADE IN GEORGIA - To qualify for this category, the majority of your film must have been produced in the state of Georgia and you must supply a Georgia address. The sole reason this category exists is to increase filmmaker participation and audience attendance. If your film is selected to be screened, the Producer and/or Director MUST attend the festival - this is MANDATORY.

If your film scores in the top 3 of your category, you will be contacted and asked to guarantee that the Producer and/or Director will attend. If they cannot attend, the film will retain any Individual Achievement awards it has received, but it will be pulled from the festival competition. If you guarantee that the Producer and/or Director will attend and they do not, your award will be rescinded. To be clear - if no one is present to accept the film’s award at the Awards Presentation, the award will be forfeited.

In order to accommodate those films which do not fit into our stated genres, we offer the option of choosing the REVIEW ONLY category. These films will be scored, receive judges comments and can earn awards, but they will NOT be eligible for festival competition or screening. We reserve the right to move any film into the Review Only category at our discretion.

• We do NOT grant fee waivers, but may consider giving a discount.
• We do not grant waivers to Iranian films as they may enter here:
• All films must earn the privilege of being screened at our festival. We do not choose or 'curate' our films, they are selected by score alone. In addition to scoring as one of the top three in their genre, all films must score a minimum of 75 to be included in the festival. Films scoring 80 or higher may be shown even if they are not in the top three of their genre, this will be dependent on the time avaliable for programming. Top three films scoring 70-74 will be considered for screening at the discretion of the festival director.
• We do not pay screening fees.


1. This is a seasonal short film competition with the running time limited to 30 minutes, including titles and credits. Entries with a run time longer than 30 minutes will be disqualified.

2. Non-English speaking films must be sub-titled to be accepted. Please have a native English speaker check your translation for errors. Subtitles must be readable! It is the filmmaker's responsibility to ensure that the subtitles on their films are legible. They may look fine on your final edit, but once you have uploaded them to a site such as Vimeo, their recompression may cause them to become indistinct, especially against light backgrounds. Our preference is to use a font such as Helvetica in white with a black outline to make sure that it can be seen on any background.

3. All works must be submitted digitally online directly to FilmFreeway. Do NOT use Dropbox, We Transfer or any similar file-sharing service.

4. We have no ‘completion by’ deadlines. We will accept any short film regardless of when it was produced.

5. Works in progress will NOT be accepted for submission.

6. Make sure you are submitting the final version as you cannot change the link to your film once it's been submitted.

7. Films may be resubmitted in future competitions IF they have been re-edited. Resubmissions are not discounted as they go through the same judging process.

8. We do not accept pornographic, propaganda or hate films, films with specific political agendas or those promoting or proselytizing any religious beliefs.

9. Titles & Credits: Every festival has to to consider screening time when selecting films and ALL of them hate long titles and/or credits. it is in your best interest to keep your opening titles to 30 seconds and your end credits to under a minute. No one wants to watch 4 minutes of creeping credits, you can show that version to cast and crew, but your festival screener should keep it short.

Terms & Conditions

I. Southern Shorts Awards is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes.

II. Southern Shorts Awards is hereby granted the right to share your contact information in specific instances when someone inquires about your production and is trying to make contact with you.

III. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to submit the film for consideration, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

IV. By entering your film for consideration to the Southern Shorts Awards Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the Southern Shorts Awards Film Festival and any representative or affiliates 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.

V. Entrants who were not granted awards will be notified by email, which will also include their score sheet. Results may be delayed, dependent upon the volume of entries.

VI. Southern Shorts Awards winners will be emailed their scoresheet, along with a PDF of their Award Certificate(s) and their laurels. Printed certificates, plaques and trophies must be purchased.

DISCLAIMER: The viability of holding a festival screening will be determined by the number of paid entries in each season. We require a minimum number of entries to offset the costs incurred in holding a screening event. If we do not reach the required minimum, we reserve the right to combine that season with the next available season. All entrants will still receive their scoresheet and Judges Comments on the notification date, however the competition will be combined with the next available season.