Southern Shorts Awards

Last year's winner of the Best Horror Film stands beside judges. 

The Southern Shorts Awards returns to Roswell's Aurora Cineplex with 27 new short films, ranging from horror to documentaries May 11. 

Film genres include drama, comedy, documentary, science fiction, horror, animation, mystery and Westerns. Student and Georgia based films will also be screened. From the animated story of Pip the guide dog, to ghostly visitors in "Rear-View," the festival provides audiences with a variety of films.

All screened films will be 30 minutes or less, and for many, the festival serves as the screen-debut. The Southern Shorts Awards originally began in June 2016 and is the only film festival in Roswell. The festival offers amateur filmmakers to receive feedback on their films and was created with the filmmaker in mind. Unlike other film festivals that usually have two categories of films, the Southern Shorts Awards has 15 categories.

The festival is a seasonal competition where three judges screen and provide feedback on every entry. All judges carry an extensive IMDB portfolio and have worked on short films, television or feature-length films. Each film is judges based on categories, including originality, screenplay, direction and acting. Films are scored on a scale of 1 to 10, and must receive an average score of seven.

"Improvement requires assessment,” festival director Stephen Sherwood said. "If you want to improve as a filmmaker you need the honest feedback of seasoned professionals on your work."

"The two biggest problems we see from new filmmakers are a poorly written screenplay and/or bad audio" Sherwood said. "You can’t make a good film from a bad script, and audio is half of your film, so take the time and effort to do it right. Get others to read and assess your script before you just rush out and shoot something, and make sure that your audio is clear."

Once all the films have been screened, judges sort through scores and host an awards ceremony. Dubbed the "Oscars of the South," the award ceremony will be hosted by Levi Burdick, an Atlanta-based actor. 

The festival begins screenings at 1 p.m. and ends at 7:45 p.m., with the Awards Presentation from 8 to 9:30 p.m.Tickets are only $10 for a full day pass, or $5 with a student, military or senior ID. Tickets may be purchased in advanced or at the door. 


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