We are AAQFF

A very interesting and exciting Film Festival

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Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival annually takes place in
358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Event Date: October the 26th to the 27st, 2018


Listening to your requests

You can submit your work directly to our Festival. We are waiting for your submissions.


Venues & Accessibility

The Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival furthers the art of filmmaking by inspiring and encouraging the work of directors, filmmakers and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story.


AIFF Collection

Hundreds of titles in the AAQFF Collection are available for on-demand viewing on platforms across North America.


Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival is an international film festival with a special focus on the region of USA/Canada (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Austin, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Columbus, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver), shining an international spotlight on films, talent and future projects from the region. High quality programming, a strong industry segment, an educational and networking platform for young filmmakers and thus generated presence of the international film industry, film authors and media representatives alongside a paying audience, confirm its status as the leading film festival in the region, recognised by both professionals and the wider audiences.









At the Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival there are many different sectors regarding the production, distribution and promotion of a film. These are designed to help films being shown to the largest audience receive funding and wider releases in order to give the filmmakers more exposure for their hard work.

    We have opened an ‘Investor’s Sector’ in the Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival   in order to provide filmmakers with a greater opportunity to gain access to investments. Too often talented writers and directors don’t have the ability to gain funding for their projects so more people are coming together to help these brilliant, creative people produce their movies. Film festivals are about showcasing talent and by introducing this programme there will now be help for quality screenplays to get funding and eventually come to fruition as movies.

    Another problem that many independent filmmakers have is the promotion of their production and many of these smaller films are left without any mainstream exposure. This is where the ‘Marketing Sector’ comes in, helping filmmakers to promote their movies to a much wider audience and to create publicity for smaller projects which may not have the budget to do so on their own. Many independent filmmakers are under the impression that their distribution companies will offer them money to use for promotion, however this is often not the case. This leaves many projects with little or no advertising despite them being of a very high quality and mainstream appeal, reducing the coverage of talented professionals in the world of cinema. Marketing is one of the most important aspects of a film and without adequate investment in this areas films can often be left with only minimal audiences despite their obvious quality.

    The mission of the ‘Film Distribution Sector’ is to help filmmakers at the Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival to sign deals with distribution companies to help them show their films in a variety of different locations. If a film is given a larger distribution deal then it is likely that it will be seen by a wider audience giving greater exposure to the filmmaker, the actors and everyone else involved with the production. These deals are incredibly important for independent films and many don’t end up finding one despite being a very well made and interesting film. We want to help directors and producers contact distribution companies and organise deals to give films from the Atlanta Award-Qualifying Film Festival wider exposure throughout USA, Canada, Europe and Asia.