In October, we announced the AT&T Entertainment Project,  an open competition seeking imaginative, undiscovered short films from aspiring professional and student filmmakers. Our motivation behind the AT&T Entertainment Project was to recognize talented storytellers across the United States, providing them with a chance to have their voices heard.

We asked, and filmmakers delivered! Our call for original shorts brought in 300 submissions – reaching our contest limit in advance of the submission deadline. Filmmakers are vying for a share of $43,000 in prizes, meetings with AT&T Entertainment executives, a trip to the finals in Las Vegas, and a chance for the winning film to air on the AUDIENCE Network on DIRECTV.

We are excited to announce the finalists of the AT&T Entertainment Project!

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Director: Iqbal Ahmed

A short documentary that peeks into the creepy and misunderstood world of Steven Kutcher. A strange child, he turned to insects for companionship. You’ll never guess how that evolved.


Director: Caleb Hermann

A rookie 911 dispatcher receives a bizarre phone call, plunging him into a horrific waiting game. Based on a true story.


Director: Lexi Hiland

In this shot film documentary, director/producer Lexi Hiland journeys back to Pamplona, Colombia to uncover the details about her first year of life. After being abandoned at a hospital as a baby, a stranger willingly agrees to take care of her until she is adopted to the United States. Twenty three years later, after studying the art of film and moving to New York City, she returns to her home town determined to capture the story & seek answers to her unanswered questions.