Published: Apr 19, 2017
Updated: Dec 14, 2017

The AT&T Entertainment Project short film challenge is now open for submissions!

Author: Dave Okamoto




The AT&T Entertainment Project is an open challenge seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from talented storytellers across the U.S. who want their voices heard. Whether you’re an emerging indie filmmaker or student, you’ll have a chance to compete for up to $20K in cash prizes, meet with AT&T execs, and take home the AT&T Entertainment Project trophy.


The finalists’ shorts will be showcased during the AT&T SHAPE, tech and entertainment expo on July 14-15, 2017, held at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles. Even more exciting, the winning shorts will also air on AT&T’s AUDIENCE® Network on DIRECTV.


We are seeking original short films, up to 10 minutes in length, across all genres including action/adventure, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, horror, sci-fi, and thriller. Submissions will be accepted through May 26, 2017, or until 1,000 entries have been submitted – whichever comes first.


The AT&T Entertainment Project Awards

The top three finalists in the Emerging Filmmaker category will be flown to Los Angeles to showcase their work and compete in the AT&T Entertainment Project finals on July 14, 2017 at Warner Bros. Studios. Airfare and accommodations will be provided for one representative from each team. A total prize pool of $48,000 will be awarded.


Emerging Filmmaker Awards

Are you an aspiring indie filmmaker? Have a great story to tell? We want to hear from you.

Winner: $20,000

Second Place: $5,000

Third Place: $3,000


Student Filmmaker Awards

We are searching for exceptional, original short films from student filmmakers – Students who are either currently enrolled or recent college and film school graduates. Please see official rules for full eligibility requirements.

Winner: $10,000

Second Place: $3,000

Third Place: $2,000


Underrepresented Filmmaker Award

We are awarding $5,000 for the best film from an underrepresented creator. Eligible filmmakers include people with disabilities, LGBTQ, women, and people of color.


Why Short Films?

Short films transcend traditional storytelling, and are a popular way for creators to connect with their audience. Across all genres, shorts are no longer just for beginning filmmakers. We are looking to celebrate original, thought-provoking stories, and to provide creators with more opportunities for getting exposure for their passion projects.


To view the finalist short films and filmmaker interviews from our first AT&T Entertainment Project short film challenge, visit the Entertainment Project Short Film Finalists page.


Enter the AT&T Entertainment Project Challenge Today

Although the submission deadline is May 26, 2017, we encourage you to enter your film as soon as possible. We will be closing the submissions once we reach 1,000 entries. Our previous AT&T Entertainment Project contest submission period closed a week early once we hit our cap. You can enter the challenge here.


Best of luck to all participants! We look forward to viewing your film and hopefully meeting you at AT&T SHAPE being held this year at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles!



NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Void where prohibited by law. Contest open only to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C., age of majority and older. Contest begins: 12:00 am ET on 4/6/2017; ends: the earlier of (i) when the one thousandth (1,000th) submission is received; or (ii) 11:59 p.m. ET on May 26, 2017. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: (i) creativity and originality; (ii) entertainment value; (iii) characterization; and (iv) production value. Selected Emerging Filmmaker finalists must travel to AT&T SHAPE in Los Angeles, CA on July 14, 2017. Subject to full Official Rules. Sponsor: AT&T Entertainment Group, 1025 Lenox Park Blvd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.


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