FESTIVAL NOTE (Jan. 31, 2019): Because our screening venue has changed hands (with major renovation scheduled), we are on hiatus until further notice.

This Atlanta-based festival series showcases short documentaries about people and places primarily in the U.S. South. Our mission is twofold: benefit filmmakers by providing a platform to showcase their work, and benefit our community by providing a forum for fresh perspectives and insights.

In 2017/18, we hosted five Monday-night screenings with over 30 short docs. We organized each screening around a theme: water, work, voting, southern people and places, and adoption.

For the 2018/19 season, we'll do much of the same around water, work, voting, southern people and places, and mockumentaries.

To help support southern filmmakers, we propose a $5 submission fee. We'll let you know right away if your short doc is accepted or not. We'll even let you know why it doesn't work for us.

Like most festivals, we have limited scheduling space and are looking for high-quality submissions. If we accept your piece, chances are others will, too. Likewise, we might be able to save you some $30-$50 submission fees elsewhere if we pass on your work and let you know why.

This deal only works with films about the South or made by people in the region (sorry, international filmmakers).

At our no-frills Monday-evening festival, your film will not pre-quality for the Academy Awards and you won't rub shoulders with celebrities on the red carpet. Our selections are chosen with our community in mind. We look for films with the heart and soul of this diverse region. We offer FREE admission to audiences with the goal of screening your films to as diverse an audience as possible.

Our next festival screening series begins in July 2017 and runs through April 2018.

All screenings take place at the funky/vintage AVONDALE TOWNE CINEMA, 106 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, Ga.


The Towne Short Docs Festival does not use screeners. A festival director will review entries to ensure we find the best films for our community (hint… we are located within 10 miles of six colleges/universities). We invite filmmakers to attend and talk about their work with the audience.

Winners and "Official Selections" will receive laurels on request.

Films will only be screened as part of the Avondale Towne Cinema Short Docs Festivals, no other screenings or permissions will be requested of the filmmakers. We will choose a screenshot from the film to use for promotion.

All films must be under 20 minutes in length.

We only accept digital submissions through an online screener via a source such as Vimeo or a file transfer service such as wetransfer.com. We accept no hardcopy submissions.

Please send any inquiries to towneshortdocs@gmail.com

Overall Rating
  • steve summers

    I wasn't able to attend, but the communication was clear and friendly! A great start for a first-year festival!

    February 2018