Published: Feb 27, 2018
Updated: Feb 27, 2018

AT&T FILM AWARDS: Compete for a Share of $60K in Cash Prizes and a Trip to Hollywood in June

Author: Christy Roland

Lights, Camera, Action!

AT&T Film Awards badge - call for entriesThe 2018 AT&T Film Awards is now open for submissions. If you’ve recently wrapped a short film and are looking for exposure, we want to help bring your passion project to life. There is no fee to enter, and we’re accepting submissions until April 15th, or once we reach 1,500 submissions, whichever comes first.

Now in its 4th edition of the competition, we’re placing the spotlight on aspiring and underrepresented storytellers, and are seeking short films – under 10 minutes – from creators utilizing innovative and emerging filmmaking technologies such as 360 cinematic video, films shot on mobile, and CGI/animated shorts.


The AT&T Film Awards is an open competition seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from aspiring creators who want their voices heard. We are supporting and rewarding excellence in filmmaking with $60,000 in cash prizes, exposure, and a chance to take home the coveted AT&T Film Awards trophy during the finals on June 2, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Two men talking in front of AT&T SHAPE marqueeWe will showcase the finalists’ shorts during AT&T SHAPE, a tech and entertainment expo, held at Warner Bros. Studios on the weekend of June 2-3, 2018. The top three finalists in the Emerging Filmmaker category will have their films screened at in front of a live audience, who will help select the winner. Finalists will also share the stage with the AT&T Film Awards’ co-host, who will be announced in the coming weeks (our 2017 co-host was Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman).

Nicholas Arioli, 2017 Winner Interview

Check out winning films from the previous editions of the AT&T Film Awards.



We are seeking original narrative short films, up to 10 minutes in length (including credits), across all genres including action/adventure, documentary, drama, experimental, horror, sci-fi, and thriller. The categories include:

We are seeking inspiring and creative shorts from aspiring filmmakers. This is our open category, open to any narrative short film, documentaries, animated/CGI, 360-degree video, and shorts shot on mobile.

  • First Place– $20,000 USD, 2nd Place – $10,000 USD, 3rd Place – $5,000 USD


We are awarding $10,000 to encourage the growth and development of creators from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Eligible creators include people with disabilities, LGBTQ, women, and people of color.

  • Winner– $10,000 USD



Awarded to the top short film shot on smartphone, tablet, or drone. Advances in mobile video technology have made filmmaking more accessible and affordable for aspiring creators. We are encouraging filmmakers to share their short films shot using mobile video technologies.

  • Winner– $5,000 USD


Awarded to the top short filmed in 360° cinematic video format – live-action video shot on a 360° camera or rig. We’re seeking imaginary and compelling 360° video from immersive storytellers across the U.S.

  • Winner– $5,000 USD


Awarded to the top short film demonstrating the best use of CGI or animation.

  • Winner– $5,000 USD


All finalists selected will win a trip to the AT&T Film Awards finals at Warner Bros. Studios on June 2, 2018. Travel and hotel accommodations will be provided.

We highly encourage filmmakers to get their submissions in early, as we have a limit of 1,500 submissions. We hit our submissions limit  during our last competition at SHAPE, and had to close the submission window early.

Best of luck to all creators, and we look forward to viewing your projects! We hope to see you at the finals in June!

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 2/13/2018; ends: the earlier of (i) when the fifteen hundredth (1,500th) submission is received; or (ii) 11:59 p.m. ET on April 15, 2018. Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: (i) creativity and originality; (ii) entertainment value; (iii) characterization; and (iv) production value. Selected Filmmaker finalists must travel to AT&T SHAPE in Los Angeles, CA on June 2, 2018. Subject to full Official Rules. Sponsor: AT&T Mobility & Entertainment, 1025 Lenox Park Blvd., NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.

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