Avalonia Festival of Short Films etc. is an international competition with a variety of genres for every filmmaker.

Despite a worldwide pandemic, on November 7, 2020 we hosted our Fifth Live Event in Ormond Beach, Florida, USA to compliment our interactive website of Avalonia Award Winning Short Films, web-series, film posters & photographs, Actor reels & more.

Avalonia Festival will not be denied.

We just had our fifth Live Event on November 7, 2020 in Ormond Beach, Florida, USA to honor our 73 Award Winning "Short Films etc." of Avalonia Festival V despite the challenges in today's world.

As this historic date was thought to be a day of "change" in the World, with the first female Vice President of color in the United States giving her acceptance speech before a worldwide audience, one thing of significance in our world does not change at all: Avalonia Festival of Short Films etc continues to Honor, Celebrate and Promote the Spirit of the Independent Filmmaker while bringing together a universal collective of passion, art and integrity.

We aim to help our Award Winners add resume building Award credentials that are shared and celebrated through our website, social media outlets, and our annual Live Events. For those with projects accepted, we encourage you to share the word that you are part of the Avalonia Festival community.

We believe in Avalonia.

We believe in Excellence in Artistry.

We believe in YOU; the Independent Filmmaker and Artist.

AVALONIA FESTIVAL HISTORY AND LEGACY:

Go to the home page on our website (hyperlinked on the left side-bar) or copy and paste the below URLs to experience Avalonia Festival I, II, III, IV & V to see how we HONOR, CELEBRATE & PROMOTE our Winning Avalonia Filmmakers Etc (and how we've since added separate festivals for Theater and Photography!)

Our most recent event from November 7, 2020 from Frame of Mind Art Gallery in Ormond Beach, Florida, USA
https://avaloniafestival.com/film-fest-v/

Avalonia Festival IV, December 8, 2019 from All Beaches Experimental Theatre in Neptune Beach, Florida, USA
https://avaloniafestival.com/avalonia-festival-iv/

Avalonia Festival III, December 7, 2018 from Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston, Rhode Island, USA (near University of Rhode Island)
https://avaloniafestival.com/avalonia-festival-iii/

Avalonia Festival II: 4/20 April 20, 2018 from Rhodywood Studios, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
https://avaloniafestival.com/avalonia-festival-ii/

Avalonia Festival (the original) December 7, 2017 from Rhodywood Studios, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
https://avaloniafestival.com/avalonia-festival/

Our Circle of Champions (graphics of Award Winners)
https://avaloniafestival.com/avalonia-festival/avalonia-awards/

Our new Avalonia 7 Theater Festival (a Live Theater event, now planned for performance on stage in 2022!)
https://avaloniafestival.com/stage/

Our new "APC" - Avalonia Photography Competition
https://avaloniafestival.com/afp/

By popular demand, we are going back to FRAME OF MIND in 2021!

Check out our video here about our great home venue:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e21BBJO7i-4&feature=youtu.be

HONOR. CELEBRATE. PROMOTE. This is the mantra of Avalonia Festival , a film festival you can trust ! Low entry fees and a website that actually HONORS, CELEBRATES and PROMOTES you and your work as a filmmaker, photographer and Actor!

Our webpages aim to promote our festival's winners! We know that most filmmakers cannot travel to make all the festivals they are accepted into; so we make our jam packed website an INTERACTIVE experience for the filmmaker and their fans! When every Avalonia Filmmaker sends their fans to our website, they are exposing EVERY OTHER WINNING FILMMAKER to new film fans and connections! Compare our website to any other festival and see that we earn your entry fees!

Many films (or their teasers or stills) are right on our website! Our concentration is on short films and this year we're raising the maximum time in most categories to 21 minutes and under ! Films 3 minutes or 1 minute or less in duration get additional savings on entry fees! Some categories like Web-Series and TV Series have longer run time cut-off and for longer films YOU MAY ENTER a "clip" , "preview" or "scene" in any category you feel is appropriate for your work.

In addition to many traditional and unique genres to enter your film in; including Drama, Comedy, Doc, Feline, Canine, Vampire, and Romantic Comedy. Our ThoughtCrime category has proven to be very resonant with today's edgier filmmakers. Special Award Recognition has also been given to films which stand out. This year we added Covid-19/Pandemic Survival Film Category!

Here is our youtube page with video clips from our previous Live Events
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxxeZv9F7xNiZa7Ghpc59DiG7T7zn5GzA

Here's a local news video report on Avalonia Festival IV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP2BTeJqHmI

Here is an interview about Avalonia Festival, conducted shortly before Avalonia Festival II :
https://festivalreviews.org/2018/03/03/interview-with-festival-director-mike-messier-avalonia-film-festival/

So, what is Avalonia?

Avalonia Festival is named in honor of a continent lost is the mists of time, as if dissipated by magic; thus we are here to celebrate the unique Art of our own world of creation. More info on our backstory is here: https://avaloniafestival.com/

How did our Festival Creator come to the point in life where Avalonia was so important? Discover by watching the informative and fun video "Disregard the Vampire - A Mike Messier Documentary" about indie filmmaking here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9jFqZCB9o4&t=171s


Only FILMS that actually win an Award are put on our website and promoted! We've had many great films submitted that have NOT won an accolade, because, quite simply there are MANY awesome filmmakers an d artists who have entered our festival. We appreciate all our entering filmmakers and your support keeps us going strong!

If your film is accepted into Avalonia Festival that means you are an OFFICIAL AVALONIA FESTIVAL WINNING FILMMAKER and/or PHOTOGRAPHER/ ARTIST or ACTOR!

At times, special recognition Awards are created for Avalonia Filmmakers whose works may prove to be excellent yet fall outside our genres. Film is a subjective and always changing medium and our festival Awards aim to represent both tradition AND progress.

Check out our web-pages and see that Avalonia Festival is a festival FOR filmmakers BY filmmakers; we are looking to support your work and GROW your audience.

Meet our Judge Kazuya Ashizawa, who went from being an Avalonia Award Winning filmmaker to a respected member of our team and judging committee: https://avaloniafestival.com/kazuya/

STUDENTS: Use PromoCode " AvaloniaStudent " for 20% off your entry fees!
Any Student currently enrolled or recently graduated in high school, college, university, film school or trade school quality as "student status". Please make a note about your status in your submission cover letter.

MADE A FEATURE and not a short? You may edit down a scene or sequence from your feature and enter it into an appropriate category if you like!

Filmmakers retain all rights to their films of course and may have their film removed from our site at any time, either by emailing us or taking down the link yourself.

Films with dialogue spoken in English or sub-titled in English are preferred. However, films that are more visually based that do not rely very much on dialogue may be submitted in their native language WITHOUT English sub-titles.

Yes, non-English films CAN and DO win Awards in Avalonia Festival; recently, our Avalonia Festival V Best One Actress Monologue or Movie came to us in its native language from Spain!

ABOUT OUR "CUSTOM" Entry Question you'll see upon entering:

By entering Avalonia Festival, you agree to have your actual short film shared via your youtube or vimeo link on our website that you provide us IF you win in your category UNLESS you have told us in advance you would prefer us to NOT share your work in the event that you win. As an alternative, you MAY instead share a clip or a teaser of your film if you win a category in order to still promote your work. PLEASE LET US know upon ENTERING your preference in the event your project Wins an Award!

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  • Avalonia Festival was awesome! Mike Messier put together a fun and insightful film festival that allowed filmmakers to have a place to display their work. I enjoyed the films that were shown and even got to talk to a few about their process. What's great is that Mike is a filmmaker himself and understands that making it into a festival is a challenge and knows that any film accepted from their submission is really a winner.

    Was was neat was the more intimate environment and made it more personal when you shared your behind the scenes journey during the Q&A portion. I also really enjoyed the fact that it took place in Ormond Beach where there's a lot of neat places to explore after the festival.

    On communication, Mike made sure to keep filmmakers like me up to date and was quick to respond too.

    Definitely submit your film to the Avalonia Festival. You'll enjoy it.

    November 2020
  • Brice Blanloeil

    Really nice team & good fest !

    November 2020
  • We had a great time at the festival! It was very intimate and Mike has an incredible love for film. I will be adding this to my annual festival plans!

    November 2020
  • Thank you, Avalonia. Kept up with communication and even gave me a personalized award! I recommend submitting to Avalonia.

    November 2020
  • Andrew Buckner

    I was absolutely honored to have my short film "The Man Who Fears the Rain" as part of this wonderful festival! It was a great, upbeat experience all-around with terrific communication and friendly people that go out of their way to help the the filmmaker and support his or her work! It is a great place for filmmakers of all experience levels. I am thrilled to have won my first filmmaking award with this festival! The web site for the festival is also magnificent; eye-catching and informative! I highly recommend sending your work here!

    November 2020