Avalonia Festival of Short Films etc. is an international competition with a variety of genres for every filmmaker. Our genres have three "run time" divisions for Shorts (21 minutes & under), "180" (3 minutes & under), and 1-minute movies. The shorter your film and the earlier you enter, the lower your entry fee! You may enter your project into more than one category and you may enter as many projects as you wish (each project must be entered separately, of course!)

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!


On November 6, 2021 we returned to Jacksonville, Florida for Avalonia Festival VI, with filmmakers from Orlando, Florida and Ormond Beach, Florida driving up to attend and share their films. You can see photos and videos from the event here:

Avalonia Festival will not be denied.

A year earlier,, we 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. Photos & videos from Avalonia Festival V are here:


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.


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!)

Avalonia Festival IV, December 8, 2019 from All Beaches Experimental Theatre in Neptune Beach, Florida, USA

Avalonia Festival III, December 7, 2018 from Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston, Rhode Island, USA (near University of Rhode Island)

Avalonia Festival II April 20, 2018 from Rhodywood Studios, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Avalonia Festival (our first event) December 7, 2017 from Rhodywood Studios, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Our Circle of Champions (graphics of Award Winners)

Our new "APC" - Avalonia Photography Competition

Check out our video here about our great home venue:


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/or Actor!

Our web pages 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 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 that stand out. Recently, we added Covid-19/Pandemic Survival Film Category, Holiday Film, Sports Film, Experimental Film, and Environmental Documentary.

Here is our youtube page with video clips from our previous Live Events

Here's a local news video report on Avalonia Festival IV

Here is an interview about Avalonia Festival, conducted shortly before Avalonia Festival II :

How we got our name 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, lead by our host Jean La Croix Distance. More from Jean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DXSL7gJDI4

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:

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 and 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.

Twice, at Avalonia Festival I and Avalonia Festival V, we have recognized a recipient of our Avalonia Christiana Carteaux Bannister Award for Civil Service in the Arts.

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 promo code " 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!

Overall Rating
  • Avalonia Festival was clean, fun, interactive, inspiring and memorable for me and my family. The networking was fantastic! Great and simply humbling event, I am blessed to have been included.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    thanks Sam, was great to have you and your family attend our live event and participate in the Q and A as an Avalonia Award Winning filmmaker! - MIKE

  • Piero Cannata

    Wonderful festival! Thank you very much for the award. See you soon!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    thank you very much, Piero, great to have you involved in Avalonia Festival!

  • Nice festival for video and film artists, as well as - content creators who produce wide variety of short content. Keep up good work.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    thanks B.R.!


    Great festival, great vibe. And was honored to have my film BEAUTIFUL VIOLENCE win Best Dramatic Short.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    thanks and congrats, JOEY!

  • Alana Phillips

    Had a great time! Looking forward to next year!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    was wonderful and inspiring to have you join us in Jacksonville, Alana!