The Avondale Towne Cinema Short Docs Festival showcases short documentaries about people and places in the 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.

We're also offering a twist on the festival submission fee. Your submission is $5. If you are among the 6-8 films selected, you will be asked to pay an additional $10 to help cover expenses. We also offer FREE admission to audiences with the goal of screening your films to as diverse an audience as possible.

Our next short film festival will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018, at AVONDALE TOWNE CINEMA, 106 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, Ga.

Our special theme for this festival is ADOPTION. It could refer to family, gender, pets, or something else. We're open to ideas.

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.

Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018. Notifications will be sent out by March 20, 2018.


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.

All carefully selected documentaries are WINNERS. The audience will select an AUDIENCE FAVORITE.

Films will only be screened at the April 2018 Avondale Towne Cinema Short Docs Festival, 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 We accept no hardcopy submissions.

Please send any inquiries to

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    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