AT&T FILM AWARDS

 

2019 Edition – Call for Entries

The AT&T Film Awards recognizes aspiring creators who are shaping the future of entertainment through innovative and immersive filmmaking while sharing unique stories. We are supporting and rewarding excellence in filmmaking with $60,000 in cash prizes, including a trip to the AT&T Film Awards finale session at Warner Bros. Studios in June for each of the category winners, mentoring, and a chance to take home the coveted AT&T Film Awards trophy.

Now in its 6th Edition, the competition will shine the light on emerging creators from across the U.S. – with awards for short films shot on mobile, new forms of storytelling (e.g. VR/AR/MR, 360 Cinematic Video, innovative use of VFX, interactive films, and digital comics), futuristic-themed films, social good-themed films, and a special category for underrepresented voices.

Submissions will be accepted through May 5, 2019 and there is no cost to enter.

 

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

 

  • Best Short: Shot on Mobile - $15K in cash prizes
  • New Forms of Storytelling - $15K in cash prizes
  • Futuristic Films – $15K in cash prizes
  • Social Good Films - $10K in cash prizes
  • Best Underrepresented Filmmaker: $5K cash prize to winner
  • 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: SHOT ON MOBILE

 

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

Prizes

  • Winner: $10,000 Cash
  • Runner-Ups: $2,500 Cash (x2)

NEW FORMS OF STORYTELLING

 

Awarded to the top projects demonstrating new and innovative forms of storytelling, including, but not limited to:

  • VR, AR, and MR experiences
  • 360 Cinematic Video
  • Innovative use of VFX (animation, CGI, AI)
  • Interactive films
  • Digital comics

Prizes

  • Winner: $10,000 Cash
  • Runner-Ups: $2,500 Cash (x2)

BEST SHORT FILM: FUTURISTIC THEME

 

Awarded to the top short films incorporating one of the following futuristic themes:

  • Sci-Fi
  • Future of technology
  • Future of entertainment
  • Future of communications

Prizes

  • Winner:                 $10,000 Cash
  • Runner-Ups:         $2,500 Cash (x2)

BEST SHORT FILM: SOCIAL GOOD THEME

 

Awarded to the top short films highlighting social good as a primary theme. Examples include:

  • How we come together to solve problems
  • Stories that incite positivity and change
  • Uplifting stories and documentaries

Prizes

  • Winner:                 $5,000 Cash
  • Runner-Ups:         $2,500 Cash (x2)

Kicker Prize: UNDERREPRESENTED FILMMAKER AWARD

 

We are awarding $5,000 to encourage the growth and development of creators from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Eligible creators include people with disabilities, LGBTQ, women, and people of color. The submission must also fall into any of the four competition categories to be eligible.

Eligibility

Eligible creators includes people with disabilities, LGBTQ, women, and people of color. Open to legal U.S. residents of majority age. See Official Rules for full eligibility requirements.

Prizes

  • Winner:   $5,000 Cash

SCHEDULE

FEB 26

 

Submissions Open
 

MAY 5

 

Submissions Closed
 

MAY 24

 

Finalists Notified
 

JUN 22-23

 

Winners Announced
 at AT&T SHAPE

RULES

  • There is NO FEE for submitting a film to this competition.
  • Open to legal residents of the United States.
  • Eligibility Requirements: Entrants must be at least 13 years of age at time of submission. See Official Rules for complete list of eligibility requirements.
  • Submissions will be accepted through May 5, 2019 at 11:59pm EST
  • Submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2017 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:  20 minutes, including credits.
  • Supported video filetypes for short films:  .mp4 or .mov
  • New Forms of Storytelling category: We require that all VR/MR/AR projects must include a link to a secure, 360 online version of your project or 2D playthrough via an external site (e.g. your website, YouTube 360, Vimeo, etc.)

 

View Official Rules  for 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.