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.


CATEGORIES & PRIZES 


BEST SHORT FILM: MERGED OR AUGMENTED REALITY

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

Grand Prize Winner — $10,000 USD

Two Official Selections — $2,500 USD each


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BEST SHORT FILM: VIRTUAL REALITY

Awarded to the top short film incorporating virtual reality.

Winner — $10,000 USD

Two Official Selections — $2,500 USD each


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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

Grand Prize Winner — $10,000 USD

Two Official Selections — $2,500 USD each


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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.

Winner — $5,000 USD


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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. 

  1. Protecting the environment
  2. Using Positivity and kindness to stop bullying
  3. 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.


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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.


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CONTEST REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.


View AT&T Film Awards FAQ 

View AT&T Film Awards Official Rules


Questions?

Technical Questions: support@submittable.com

Contest Questions: attfilmawards@submittable.com 

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.


BEST SHORT FILM: MERGED OR AUGMENTED REALITY

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

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


  • Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 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.


View AT&T Film Awards FAQ 

View AT&T Film Awards Official Rules


Ends on April 30, 2020

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.


BEST SHORT FILM CATEGORY: VIRTUAL REALITY

Awarded to the top short film incorporating virtual reality.

Grand Prize Winner – $10,000 USD

Two Official Selections  – $2,500 USD each


  • Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 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.


View AT&T Film Awards FAQ 

View AT&T Film Awards Official Rules

Ends on April 30, 2020

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. 


BEST SHORT FILM CATEGORY: MOBILE/360/DRONE

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

  • Mobile (smartphone or tablet)
  • 360
  • Drone

Grand Prize Winner – $10,000 USD

Two Official Selections  – $2,500 USD each 


  • Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 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.


View AT&T Film Awards FAQ 

View AT&T Film Awards Official Rules

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.


BEST MOBILE 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. 

  1. Protecting the environment
  2. Using Positivity and kindness to stop bullying
  3. 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 the 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.


Submission Requirements

(1) A script of up to 500 words for a video on one of the three below themes. 

  • A video to inspire your peers to protect the environment. This can be done as a PSA to provide practical tips or a video to highlight the importance of protecting the environment.
  • A video to highlight the importance of positivity and kindness in a world where many young people face bullying (or may have bullied others). Some themes you might consider are: How mobile phones can be used to spread positivity and kindness and the importance of stepping in to help others when they are facing bullying. 
  • For a video to remind your peers why it is important not to drive distracted. Some themes you might consider are: How everyone in a car has a responsibility to make sure a driver isn’t distracted and nothing on a cell phone is more important than safe driving

(2) A short essay (up to 300 words) explaining how AR and/or VR would enhance your script.

(3) A 60 second or less video of yourself sharing why you’re interested in developing your film skills and sharing any specific interest you have in AR and VR.


View AT&T Film Awards FAQ 

View AT&T Film Awards Official Rules

Ends on December 16, 2019

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.


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.


View AT&T Film Awards FAQ 

View AT&T Film Awards Official Rules

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