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.

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.

The first short film festival will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018, at AVONDALE TOWNE CINEMA, 106 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, Ga.

Deadline for submissions is December 22, 2017. Notifications will be sent out by January 15, 2018.


The Towne Short Docs Festival does not use screeners. A festival director will watch every entry to ensure we find the best films for our community (hint… we are located within 10 miles of six colleges/universities). All films selected for the festival are eligible for awards, called "The Opossums" because they quietly creep up on you. We invite filmmakers to attend and talk about their work with the audience.


Awards & Prizes

Top films, along with an audience favorite, will be awarded prizes.

Rules & Terms

Films will only be screened at the 2018 Avondale Towne Cinema Short Docs Festival, no other screenings or permissions will be requested of the filmmakers.

All films must be under 20 minutes in length. Films must either be about the southern U.S. or made by filmmakers based in the South.

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.

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