Hey folx,

We hope you are safe and well. We need you and your stories more than ever!

Here at AVFest (formerly the Alexander Valley Film Festival), we want filmmakers to have an awesome experience working with us and cultivating life-long relationships.

In addition to screening cutting-edge films with distribution like FREE SOLO (2018) and PARASITE (2019), we select diverse works from and about underrepresented artists and communities. We actively seek:

* Socially conscious films that depict characters in the richness of their culture and identities;
* Works from directors of color;
* Latinx- , LGBTQ+-, and female- driven narratives; and
* Youth-oriented stories
* TV Series episodes
* Episodic content
* New Media shorts

Please do NOT submit to us if:
* You want to meet distributors at the fest
* You must have a screening fee for us to share your film
* You have a slasher film
* You feature gratuitous sexual content or blood and guts

Still interested? YAY! Below is an overview of our festival. But before you submit, please read the basics:

We exist to bring content to our community to which they would not otherwise have access. We're 80 miles north of San Francisco in rural wine county. We are the arthouse of Sonoma County.

Here is the link to our Equity Statement: https://www.avfilmsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/AVFS-EQUITY-STATEMENT-2.2.2021.pdf

In 2022, we hope to offer every screening with Spanish subtitles and closed captioning. Diversity, equity, access, and inclusion are priorities for us.

We will show ~80 films/projects for the festival, 15-20% of which will be from unsolicited submissions.

We have 2.5 staff people year-round. We staff a handful of contractors and normally a hundred volunteers during festival time.

Our festival budget is normally $95,000 of a $360,000 year-round budget. In 2021, it dropped to roughly $27,000 of a $226,000 year-round budget. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our 2022 budget jumped back to $178,000.

Three people from our diverse, compensated, community-based screening team will watch your film/project in the screening process. Shorts are watched all the way through. Features are given at least 30 minutes. Screeners can bow out after 30 minutes but are then not allowed to judge the film. Staff make the final decisions.

All filmmakers will hear from us either way by early late March.

Campaigning for your film does not hurt but your communications will not reach the screeners. PLEASE NOTE: Kindness is one of our core values. If you submit your film, you agree to handle yourself and all notifications (positive or negative) with respect for AVFIlm and our employees. We take great care to honor your artwork. We request that you respect our process the way we do yours. If you do not honor this core value, you will face a submission ban.

All accepted films will be offered two all-access passes, a screening fee of $50 for features/$25 for shorts, and a modest honorarium if a representative can join us for a Q&A or panel. Additional passes may be purchased for $50.


AVFest regularly showcases and hosts new and emerging talents from all over the world. We will create opportunities for the community, students and adults alike, to meet, interact with, and learn from visiting artists. We will also offer deeply discounted tickets to students and neighbors in need so that no one will be turned away.

The 2022 Festival will take place April 29-May 8, 2022. This event is designed to bring films and experiences to Northern Sonoma County to which the community would otherwise not have access.

For more information about AVFilm, visit www.avfilmsociety.org or call 707.893.7150.


**********ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: For student rules, regulations, and awards, please visit: https://www.avfilmsociety.org/student-film-competition

NEW FOR 2022: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) AWARD
This jury prize of $1,000 will be awarded to one feature or traditional short film that:
* rights a wrong, corrects revisionist history, or brings a new or underrepresented perspective
* amplifies a traditionally marginalized community or is made by women and/or BIPOC artists
* deals with themes of justice, equity, diversity or inclusion/belonging

AVFest Audience Award - Feature-Length Narrative
This prize will be awarded to one feature narrative film that receives the highest marks from AVFest audiences. Cash value: $1,000

AVFest Audience Award - Feature-Length Documentary
This prize will be awarded to one feature-length documentary film that receives the highest marks from AVFest audiences. Cash value: $1,000

AVFest Audience Award - Short
This prize will be awarded to one short film across narrative and documentary categories that receives the highest marks from AVFest audiences. Cash value: $500

AVFest Audience Award - Television Series Episode
This prize will be awarded to one episode that receives the highest marks from AVFest audiences. Cash value: $500

AVFest Audience Award - Web/New Media Short
This prize will be awarded to one webisode or new media short (TikTok, YouTube, etc) that receives the highest marks from AVFest audiences. Cash value: $500


**********ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: For student rules, regulations, and awards, please visit: https://www.avfilmsociety.org/student-film-competition

Entry Rules and Regulations

When you submit your film to AVFest, you agree to all screen Entry Rules and Regulations below.

Key Dates:

September 15, 2021 - Call For Entry
December 15, 2021 - Early entry deadline
January 15, 2022 - Regular entry deadline
February 15, 2022 - Late entry deadline

* Filmmakers will be notified of their status one month prior to the Festival by email.

Entry Fees

December 15, 2021 - Early entry deadline: US $25 (features) / $15 (shorts)
January 15, 2022 - Regular entry deadline: US $35 (features) / $25 (shorts)
February 15, 2022 - Late entry deadline: US $45 (features) / $35 (shorts)

Fee Waivers

AVFest does not offer waivers except to alumni of the festival. We know it can be costly to make and market your film, so we keep our entry fees low and offer several discounts throughout the process.


* Entrants accept all rules and regulations of AVFF and must be 18+ yrs old or have written adult consent by a parent or guardian.
* Films that are not in the English language must be subtitled in English or dubbed.
* Films submitted to AVFest must never have been broadcasted publicly (on the Internet or television) or been commercially exhibited in the United States prior to the opening night of the AVFest2022. This does not include Festivals.
* The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material is an original work and that there are no disputes regarding ownership of the submission. The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead, and he/she fully indemnifies the Festival against any claim made for such violations of the law. The filmmaker understands that failure to adhere to the Festival rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. The filmmaker agrees to hold AVFest harmless from and defends them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not they are groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival.

Entry Protocol

* AVFest only accepts online submissions.
* Films submitted for selection will be considered as final, and no changes will be accepted after submission.
* For multiple entries, each film must be submitted separately on FilmFreeway. Fees for multiple entries may be combined through the FilmFreeway system.
* By submitting your film to AVFest, you agree to abide by our community agreement: https://avfilmpresents.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/AVFILM-COMMUNITY-AGREEMENT.pdf.

Please contact us at submissions@avfilmpresents.org.


Films may be re-entered in subsequent years provided that significant changes have been made to them and that they still meet all rules, regulations, and eligibility requirements. Films must not have been screened publicly prior to January 2021.

Invited Works

All filmmaker participants accepted into AVFest will be notified approximately one month prior to the Festival.
* Please update that information with the Executive Director if anything should change from the date of entry. The Executive Director reserves the right to inquire about other invitations to Festivals prior to acceptance into AVFest.

If your work is accepted into AVFest2022:

* An email agreement will be emailed to you. You must confirm and accept all conditions by replying to the email upon acceptance.
* A DCP file must be provided upon acceptance.
* The Filmmaker must provide a trailer or clip of the film under two minutes in length as a digital file or online link that can be embedded or downloaded.
* One comprehensive digital press kit must be provided, which includes film stills, photo of director, synopsis of film for marketing material, full cast and crew credits, and bio of director. AVFest reserves the right to secure alternative materials from other sources.

Exhibition Guidelines:
* Transportation and insurance costs of DCPs, related documents, photographs, and publicity materials from the country of origin to the AVFest office shall be borne by the applicant. AVFest will pay for the return of any hard drives to the filmmaker via FedEx.
* AVFest will be allowed to use all photographs and publicity materials received along with the entry and with all accepted films for marketing material. These photographs and publicity material will not be returned to the filmmaker.
* For promotional and publicity purposes, trailers or brief clips of any film entered into the Festival may be shown on any television network, the Internet, or related media throughout the duration of the Festival.
* Films selected for the final screening, once the offer is accepted by the filmmaker, will not be allowed to be withdrawn from the Festival under any circumstance.
* Decisions of the Festival authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be binding on all parties.
* Submission in the Festival implies acceptance of these regulations.


**********ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: For student rules, regulations, and awards, please visit: https://www.avfilmsociety.org/student-film-competition

Overall Rating
  • So fantastic to be a part of this festival. Great communication, and select travel arrangements were offered to the filmmakers. Thank you so much!

    November 2019
  • Andrés Eduardo

    I wasn't able to make it but I would like to highlight their communication above anything. AVFF's staff is absolutely on top of their game, expect to meet motivated and bright people here.

    November 2019
  • Rick Gomez

    LOVE this festival! Beautifully curated and lots of fun with a ton of talented folks!

    October 2019
  • Erica Milsom

    An all-around terrific and well-organized festival. A feeling of genuine community, of deeply engaged audiences and passionate filmmakers. We will be coming back!

    October 2018
  • The festival was cancelled due to fires. Up to that point great communication and organization!

    November 2017