Often named a FilmFreeway Top 100 Ranked Festival with a 5 STAR RATING from reviewing filmmakers after our first four fun and free live events and filmmaker-honoring webpages, Avalonia Festival V promises to be our most exciting festival yet!

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 and IV to see how we HONOR, CELEBRATE & PROMOTE our Winning Avalonia Filmmakers:



Our LIVE EVENT, after three successful events in New England , moved to ABET" - All Beaches Experimental Theater on Neptune Beach in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ! The free event for filmmakers, their guests, general audiences and invited film industry VIPS happened on December 8, 2019.

For Avalonia Festival V, we are moving a few blocks over to The Den at LionShare Co-Work, and our moving our event up a month on the calendar to November 7, 2020 to better accommodate filmmakers' schedules! We our keeping tabs on the COVID19 situation closely and will act accordingly. On the off-chance we are not legally allowed to hold our live event as planned, we will postpone the Live Event to a later date and still announce, honor, celebrate and promote our winning filmmakers on our websites and social media as planned.

We most recently added Avalonia Photography Competition ( " APC " which can be found here https://filmfreeway.com/APC


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! Check out our websites for the prior four festivals (Dec 2017, April 2018, Dec 2018, Dec 2019) and see why we we were named a FilmFreeway Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festival several times!

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.

STUDENTS: Use PromoCode " AvaloniaStudent " for 15 % 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.

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 are adding a SPORTS and FAMILY/KID FILM category to our line-up of genres!

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

Here's a report on Avalonia Festival IV

Here is an interview about Avalonia 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://distancefromavalon.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:

Did you get to the end of this description? If you did, and you are reading this, use PROMO CODE "THANKSAF" for a 17 percent discount on ALL your entries !

As an Award winning filmmaker himself, the festival Director is highly conscious to offer truth in advertising and a fair opportunity to his fellow creative filmmakers. Part of the inspiration to create Avalonia Festival, was our festival Director's frustration with how OTHER festivals worked (or 'didn't work' to be exact!) Therefore, a heavy emphasis on our websites featuring our Award Winners have ALWAYS been a part of our presentation since 2017. We do not offer huge trophies or a week of elaborate parties; instead, we want to DIRECTLY help your career by getting your WORK to new and great audiences!

A selection of winning films and teasers have been screened to enthusiastic audiences at our first four live events! The fifth live event promises to be just as much fun as the first four!

Avalonia Festival V is coming up for November, 2020! We're moving our event up a few weeks in the calendar by popular demand by our filmmakers!

The chosen works, as agreed upon by the filmmaker , will be celebrated by being shared on a webpage dedicated to that festival's winners just like previous years!

Winning filmmakers will also be emailed complimentary Award JPGs customized to YOUR film and the name of the filmmaker (s) perfect to share on social media and/or print at home!

With the possible exception of a tie, there will be only one Award Winner in each division of Genre and Run Time so each accolade will be prestigious!

We do NOT accept "each and every film that has been submitted!" THIS IS A COMPETITIVE FILM FESTIVAL! 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 your support!

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

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 a filmmaker; we are looking to support your work and GROW your audience.

These are the links that represent Avalonia Festival I, II, and III :


and here is our latest!

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 if your film Wins an Award!

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.

Overall Rating
  • A great festival! I have had the honour of having my work selected and awarded for the past two years. Excellent communication and a really comprehensive list of categories. Highly recommended!

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    thanks , Deb! We always appreciate your unique talent and wonderfully original eye!

  • It has been an honor to participate in this interesting Festival dedicated to the most independent and creative cinema !!! Thank you very much for the Prize !!! It has made us very happy !!!

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    thanks MIGUEL! We appreciate your participation!

  • Tight Flowers Productions

    Great experience all around. We look forward to being part of next years fest.

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    thanks , Tight Flowers, glad to have you involved!

  • André Almeida Rodrigues

    Avalonia Festival is a good film festival.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    thanks ANDRE, appreciate it!

  • Anthony Bradley

    Wish I could've attended but the festival was very excellent in its communication. Definitely would submit again.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    thanks Anthony, you are always encouraged to submit more of your great works!