AT&T Film Awards 2018

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


 In February, we called for submissions for the 2018 SHAPE edition of the AT&T Film Awards, an open competition seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from aspiring storytellers.

Now in our fourth edition of the competition, we focused on aspiring and underrepresented storytellers. Over 1,500 filmmakers entered their short films (under 10 minutes) that utilized innovative and emerging filmmaking technologies such as 360 cinematic video, films shot on mobile, and CGI/animated shorts. After watching all of the submissions, we had a hard time narrowing down our selections. But we made our selections—all amazing films.

The winners were announced Saturday, June 2, by David Christopher, President of AT&T Mobility and Entertainment, and Ava DuVernay, writer, director, producer. The biggest twist? A three-way tie for winner in the Emerging Filmmaker category, with all three filmmakers taking home a $20,000 prize.

Here’s what our winners won:

  • Emerging Filmmaker: Tie for First Place — $20,000 for each of the three finalists
  • Underrepresented Filmmaker: Winner– $10,000 USD
  • Shot on Mobile: Winner– $5,000 USD
  • 360 Cinematic Video: Winner– $5,000 USD
  • CGI/Animated: Winner– $5,000 USD

Here are the finalists and their films:

Documentary: New York, The Place We Live In
Sung In Sohn and filmmaking partner Ahmed Abu Talib of Queens, New York wanted to capture daily scenes you’d see in New York. The duo embraced mobile technology to create a documentary that reveals what makes New York special and accentuates how the city differs from other places in the country. The diverse, fast, and dynamic environment set the stage for their documentary, which focused on conveying that even though New York had a tragic moment in the past, it is still the city everyone wants to be part of.
Creators: Sung In Sohn of New Jersey and Ahmed Abu Talib of Queens, New York
Winner for Best Shot on Mobile   

Documentary: KCLOC
The 3D Animated documentary examines how people perceive time. The film features 10 meticulously designed clock head characters that represent interviews conducted with people from different walks of life on the subject of time. The film’s subjects answered the question, ‘What does time mean to you? The end result is a short that explores the impact of time, encouraging the viewer to question their own perception of time.
Creator: Ninaad Kulkarni of Brooklyn, NY
Winner for Best CGI/Animated Short 

Docudrama: My Africa
Across the globe, wildlife – and people – are in trouble. Poaching, land degradation, and climate change threaten the long-term viability of many of the world’s most iconic animals–and strain resources people need to survive. Yet there are signs of hope, as some communities are reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to live together. My Africa transports viewers to one such place: the untamed rangelands of Kenya, where elephant populations are climbing, and communities are working for the long-term success of the species. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, My Africa uses VR to follow the story of a young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe, who reveals a world where the futures of wildlife and people are intertwined.
Creators: David Allen, Andrew Ruhemann, Gaby Bastyra, Adam May, and Chris Campkin of London, UK, and Dr. M. Sanjayan, Anastasia Khoo, and Melina Formisano of Arlington, VA.
Winner for Best 360 Cinematic Video 

STEREOTYPED is a parody of the entertainment industry, somewhere  between Extras and Entourage. It follows the story of a young Spanish actress who arrives to the U.S. only to discover she’s a walking Latina stereotype.
Creators: The Los Angeles-based team includes Andrea Vicunia (main actress, director and writer), Luca Nicora (main actor and 1st AD),
Hannah Chequer-Queiroz (producer), Josua Fischer (DP), Javier Dampierre (editor), Marcos Cruz (composer), Tricia Campbell (hair & makeup), and Cory Baker (sound).
Winner for Best Underrepresented Category 

Comedy: Are We Good Parents?
Category: Best Emerging Filmmaker
Bola Ogun created a short about a couple who has preconceived notions about their daughter’s sexuality and wonders whether or not they’ve raised her with acceptance. Ogun wanted to create a forum to talk about where she feels we are as a society now or rather where we can be.
Creators: Filmmaker Bola Ogun, producer Tatiana Olsak, writer Hailey Chavez, editor Meaghan Wilbur, and DP Ludovica Isidori are all based in Los Angeles.
Co-Winner for Best Emerging Artist Category 

Sci-Fi/Thriller: Real Artists
Category: Best Emerging Filmmaker
Real Artists is a glimpse into a world where the future of work is sometimes dependent upon our ability to work with AI in artistic endeavors. It also addresses questions of morality in corporations, and what working relationships between women might be like in a future animation studio where women have positions of authority.

Creators: The San Francisco-based team includes Cameo Wood,
 Alexa Fraser-Herron,
 Ryon Lane, Tamlyn Tomita, and Tiffany Hines
Co-Winner for Best Emerging Filmmaker Category

Animation/Drama: MOOSE
Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, MOOSE asks the question: can you see another as your brother? The animated short follows a teenage moose who watches his father get killed by hunters. The moose treks to the hunters’ cabin to steal their rifles and ammunition so he can save the rest of his tribe.
Creator: Jonah D. Ansell
Co-Winner for Best Emerging Filmmaker Category 


Did you recently wrap your latest short film and are looking for your big break?

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 at Warner Bros. Studios on June 2, 2018.

For the 4th Edition of the competition, we’re placing the spotlight on aspiring and underrepresented storytellers, and creators utilizing innovative filmmaking techniques such as 360 Cinematic Video, films shot on mobile, and CGI/Animated shorts.


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 has 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.


  • There is no fee to enter
  • Entrants must be at least eighteen (18) years old at time of entry (except Alabama and Nebraska residents must be at least nineteen (19) years old at time entry and Mississippi residents must be at least twenty-one (21) years old at time of entry).
  • Contest is open to entrants who are legal residents and physically located in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or District of Columbia.
  • Submissions will be accepted through April 15, 2018 or once 1,500 submissions are received, whichever comes first
  • The film’s final running time must not exceed 10 minutes, including credits
  • Genre: we are seeking films in action/adventure, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, horror, sci-fi, and thriller
  • Films must be in English
  • Films must be completed after January 1, 2016
  • Finalists selected must be available to attend the finals at Warner Bros. Studios in L.A., June 2-3, 2018. Travel/hotel accommodations will be provided for one member from each team.
  • Supported video file type: .mp4
  • One submission per entrant
  • Films must be shot at a minimum 1080p HD resolution
  • Shot on Mobile Category: Films must be shot on smartphone, tablet or drone. We will allow incidental or short clips not using mobile technology. If selected as a finalist, you must submit a 30-second raw footage clip used in the final cut of the film, uncut and unedited for the full duration of 30 seconds or longer to be accepted.
  • 360 Cinematic Video Category: Must be filmed in 360° cinematic video format, and must be viewable on Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR headsets.
  • Judging Criteria: our judging panel will review films based on 1) Creativity & Originality, 2) Entertainment Value, 3) Characterization and 4) Production Value.
  • See Official Rules for full eligibility requirements


  • Submissions Open: February 13, 2018
  • Submissions Closed: April 15, 2018
  • Judging Closes: May 8, 2018
  • Finalists Notified: May 9, 2018
  • Finals: June 2, 2018

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AT&T Film Awards 2018