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The 1st AATG Short Film Festival

Important Announcement! Due to Covid-19 restrictions, many people were not able to finish their films on time. For this reason it has been decided to postpone the Film Premiere Event by one month. Instead of 4-6 December 2020 it is now 8-10 January 2021. The new deadline for entry is 27 December 2020.

The AATG Short Film Festival 2020 is sponsored by Tachyon Security BV.

Tachyon Security have kindly agreed to cover prizes and hosting costs. All the proceeds from the festival will go towards the AATG to help pay their ongoing expenses during this Covid-19 period.
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The AATG is an English language amateur theatre group based in The Hague, The Netherlands. With the lockdown from Covid-19 all our shows have been cancelled this year, even our beloved pantomime - Sleeping Beauty (postponed until 2021). For more information see

To combat the gloom and to focus our energies on something positive and new, we have decided to hold our first Short Film Festival. We have 100+ creative and talented members so let's come together to show what we can do!

What is this film festival about?

During the weekend of December 4-6 (times still to be decided) we will host a Film Premiere event.Due to the corona virus situation, this event will be online, All participants and audience will join a webinar during which the films we have all made will be streamed live. After the films have been aired we will all have the chance to vote for our favourites. We hope to have at least 20 short films what will be premiered at his event. After the event the films will be made available online.

Where will these short films come from?

They will come from you! AATG members and non-members can submit a film to be shown. If you feel intimidated because you have never done this before or do not own a professional video camera then do not worry: we will help get you started with some workshops (to be announced soon on this site) and it does not matter which equipment you use. A smartphone will provide all the quality you need.

More important than video quality is the story that you will bring to life on camera. Make us laugh, make us cry, enlighten and entertain us.

What sort of short film?

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences defines a short film as being less than 40 minutes. However we have decided to limit the length to between 1 minute and 20 minutes (including title and credits). There will be four categories:

  • Narrative (any genre: comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi etc.)
  • Documentary
  • Music or Art
  • Animation
There will also be four age categories:
  • Under 10
  • 11-13
  • 14-17
  • 18+

Will there be awards?

Absolutely! The films will be adjudicated by a jury who will give their feedback on all the films. The jury score will account for 50% of the total with the other 50% coming from the public vote. There will be prizes for:

  • Best film in each category and age-group (16 prizes)
  • Public vote for best film overall
  • Best actor (male and female in each age-group)
  • Best cinematography, awarded by the jury (1 prize for all categories)
  • Best sound, awarded by the jury (1 prize for all categories)
  • Best effects, awarded by the jury (1 prize for all categories)
  • Best music,,awarded by the jury (1 prize for all categories)

There will be a lot of categories and a lot of prizes - so have your speeches ready!

There will be one extra prize to combat the negativity of this whole corona thing: Make the World a Better Place. This prize will be selected by the AATG Chair to the film the brings the most positive message or which makes us laugh the most.

Finally there will be the top three films, the winners will be selected by the jury

First Prize

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The winner will get to choose between a Zhiyun Smooth 4 gimbal and the DJI Osmo. The Zhiyun has more powerful filmmaking features, but the DJI is very compact and portable. PLUS Zoom H1N recorder PLUS Godox 308W LED lighting.
Worth €300!!

Second Prize

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Smartphone gimbal

Third Prize

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Zoom H1N audio recorder

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Submit an entry

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Get Involved

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How to get started

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