Thank you to all filmmakers who entered your short films to the AT&T Entertainment Project! Due to the overwhelming response, we have reached our limit of 1,000 submissions and have closed the submission window. We will be notifying finalists beginning June 23. Best of luck to all participants!

Calling all aspiring indie filmmakers! Have a great story to tell?

The AT&T Entertainment Project is an open challenge seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from talented storytellers across the U.S. who want their voices heard. Whether you’re an emerging indie filmmaker or student, you’ll have a chance to have your original stories air on AT&T’s AUDIENCE® Network, compete for up to $48K in cash prizes, and meet with AT&T execs.

We are seeking exceptional short films of any genre under 10 minutes, from emerging, indie filmmakers who are looking for their big break. There is no fee to enter!

The top three finalists in this category will be provided airfare/hotel to Los Angeles to attend the finals at Warner Bros. Studios. Winning films will also have a chance to air on AT&T’s AUDIENCE® Network, and finalists will also meet with AT&T execs.


  • Winner:  $20,000 USD
  • 2nd Place:  $5,000 USD
  • 3rd Place:   $3,000 USD
  • Kicker Prize - Best Film from Underrepresented Filmmaker: We are awarding $5,000 to help inspire the next generation of underrepresented filmmakers. Eligible filmmakers include people with disabilities, LGBTQ, women, and people of color.
  • Submissions will be accepted through May 26, 2017 or once 1,000 submissions are received, whichever comes first
  • Open to legal residents of the U.S. only. See Official Rules for full eligibility requirements
  • The top three finalists from the Emerging Filmmaker category must be available to attend the AT&T SHAPE event at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, July 14–15, 2017. Airfare and hotel accommodations will be provided for one member from each team
  • Only original works are accepted. Submitting parties must hold complete ownership and rights of submitted product
  • One submission per entrant
  • We are seeking films in action/adventure, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, horror, sci-fi, and thriller
  • All films must be shorter than 10 minutes in duration (including credits and titles)
  • Films must be shot at a minimum 1080p HD resolution
  • Films must be in English
  • Submitted work must have been completed after January 1, 2014
  • Films with prior commercial distribution or broadcast within the U.S. are NOT eligible to submit. In the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings, we reserve the right to waive this rule
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