AT&T Film Awards

 

The AT&T Film Awards recognizes aspiring creators who are shaping the future of entertainment through innovative and immersive filmmaking while sharing their unique stories. We are supporting and rewarding excellence in filmmaking with $60,000 in cash and prizes, featured screenings during SHAPE at the Warner Bros. Studios in June 2020, and the opportunity to network with industry executives.

The 7th edition of the AT&T Film Awards is shining the light on emerging creators from across the U.S. - with categories for XR (MR/VR/AR), Mobile, Drone, Spanish-language and Youth.

Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2020 for most categories (the Spanish-language films are due December 16, 2019 and the Youth category entries are due January 24, 2020). There is no cost to enter, but you must be a legal U.S. resident. The maximum film length for all categories is 10 minutes. Submissions are made on the Submittable site: https://attfilmawards.submittable.com/submit

 

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A SHARE OF $60K IN PRIZES

 

  • Best Short: Merged or Augmented Reality - $15K in cash prizes
  • Best Short Film: Virtual Reality - $15K in cash prizes
  • Best Short Film: Mobile/360/Drone– $15K in cash prizes
  • Best Short Film: Underrepresented Filmmaker - $5K in cash prizes
  • Best Youth Film Concept: Five winners will receive a prize package
  • No entry fee!

 

CATEGORIES & PRIZES

 

AT&T is rewarding excellence in filmmaking with cash prizes, exposure, trips, and a chance to take home the coveted AT&T Film Awards trophy.

BEST SHORT FILM: MERGED OR AUGMENTED REALITY

 

Awarded to the top short film shot incorporating mixed or augmented reality.

Prizes

  • Grand Prize Winner: $10,000 USD
  • Two Official Selections: $2,500 USD each

BEST SHORT FILM: VIRTUAL REALITY

 

Awarded to the top short film incorporating virtual reality.

Prizes

  • Grand Prize Winner: $10,000 USD
  • Two Official Selections: $2,500 USD each

BEST SHORT FILM: MOBILE/360/DRONE

 

Awarded to the top short films shot incorporating one or more of the following technologies:

Mobile (smartphone or tablet)
360
Drone

Prizes

  • Grand Prize Winner: $10,000 USD
  • Two Official Selections: $2,500 USD each

BEST SHORT FILM: UNDERREPRESENTED FILMMAKER

 

Available to short films submitted to the top three categories. Awarded to a filmmaker from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Eligible creators included people with disabilities, LGBTQ, women, and people of color.

Prizes

  • Winner: $5,000 USD

BEST YOUTH FILM CONCEPT

 

Awarded to the top scripts by youth filmmakers age 13-18. Five winners will be selected to receive an all-expenses-paid trip for themselves and a chaperone to the opening weekend of the Tribeca Film Festival with nonprofit Fresh Films, where youth will receive hands-on filmmaking training and mentoring, learn about AR/VR content, and will work together with Fresh Films to create a short piece of mobile-filmed content about the experience.

  • Protecting the environment
  • Using Positivity and kindness to stop bullying
  • Distracted driving

Five Grand Prize Winners

Five winners will receive a prize package with AT&T and Fresh Films to attend the first weekend of Tribeca Film Festival. On this all-expenses-paid trip, winners will receive exposure to AR and VR content, and will receive training from Fresh Films as they work together to create content about their Tribeca experience through the lens of the importance of opportunities related to AR and VR content.

See the contest entry form for full submission requirements.

BEST SHORT FILM: SPANISH LANGUAGE

 

Awarded to the top Spanish-language short film from current undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, or postdoctoral students enrolled in an accredited college or university. The majority of the film must be in Spanish.

Grand Prize Winner
Prize package valued at $15,000 to attend the summer 2020 filmmaking program at USC Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. Includes tuition, roundtrip airfare, housing, and a daily stipend. The winning film will air on DIRECTV in Latin America and the winner will receive a meeting with a CAA agent.

SCHEDULE

NOV 15

 

Submissions Open
 

APR 30

 

Submissions Closed*
 

MAY 15

 

Finalists Notified
 

JUN 6-7

 

Winners Announced
 at AT&T SHAPE

RULES

  • There is no fee to enter.
  • Contest is open to entrants who are legal residents of the United States.
  • *Submissions will be accepted through December 16, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST for the Spanish-language category; January 24, 2020, at 11:59 pm EST for the Youth category; All other submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2020, at 11:59 pm EST.
  • Eligibility Requirements: Entrants must be at least 13 years of age at the time of submission. See Official Rules for a complete list of eligibility requirements.
  • Submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2018, to be eligible.
  • Only original works are accepted. Submitting parties must hold complete ownership and rights of submitted product.
  • All awarded prizes will be provided to the individual, eligible submitter.
  • Film or project length maximum: 10 minutes.
  • Supported video filetypes for short films: .mp4 or .mov.
  • We require that all VR/MR/AR projects must include a link to a secure, 360 online version of your project or 2D play-through via an external site (e.g. your website, YouTube 360, Vimeo, etc.)

 

View Official Rules  for a complete list of entry requirements.

JUDGING

Our panel of judges will evaluate and score the eligible submissions according to the below criteria:

  1. Creativity & Originality
  2. Entertainment Value
  3. Characterization
  4. Production Value

ABOUT THE AT&T FILM AWARDS

Launched in 2016, the AT&T Film Awards is a competition and program designed to support, reward, and nurture aspiring professional and student filmmakers across the U.S. The competition seeks imaginative, undiscovered short films from emerging creators who want their voices heard.

CREATOR RESOURCES

Looking for additional resources and opportunities? Check out our list of competitions, grants and scholarships, industry events, workshops and training, and more.