Hey folks,

We hope you are safe and well. We have no idea what the future holds, but we do have a sneaky feeling September might still not be safe to gather. What does that mean for you? Your submissions are still welcome through the June 30th deadline. They WILL be reviewed, and they WILL be considered for whatever festival we produce next.

Let's stay in touch. If anything changes on your end, let us know. We pledge to do the same. FYI: As a policy, we will not give refunds at this point, but if you're hard up for cash, don't hesitate to reach out and let us know.

We need you and your stories more than ever!

So stay safe, stay home, and take care of one another.

All our best and with a lot of love,

Here at the Alexander Valley Film Festival, we want filmmakers to have an awesome experience working with us and cultivating life-long relationships.

In addition to screening cutting-edge films like FREE SOLO (2018) and PARASITE (2019), we select diverse works from and about underrepresented artists and communities. We actively seek:

* Socially conscious films that depict characters in the richness of their culture and identities;
* Works from directors of color;
* Latinx- , LGBTQ+-, and female- driven narratives; and
* Youth-oriented stories.

Please do NOT submit to us if:
* You want to meet distributors at the fest
* You must have a screening fee for us to share your film
* You have a slasher film
* You feature gratuitous sexual content or blood and guts

Still interested? YAY! Below is an overview of our festival. But before you submit, please read the basics:

We exist to bring content to our community to which they would not otherwise have access. We're 80 miles north of San Francisco in rural wine county. The nearest arthouse cinema is 45 miles away. We ARE the arthouse of Northern Sonoma County.

We will show ~50 films for the festival, 15-20% of which will be from unsolicited submissions.

We have three staff people year-round. We staff a handful of contractors and a hundred volunteers during festival time.

Our festival budget is $95,000 of a $360,000 year-round budget.

Three people from our anonymous, all-volunteer, community-based screening team will watch your film in the screening process. Shorts are watched all the way through. Features are given at least 30 minutes. Screeners can bow out after 30 minutes but are then not allowed to judge the film. Staff make the final decisions.

All filmmakers will hear from us either way by early August.

Campaigning for your film does not hurt but your communications will not reach the screeners.

All accepted films will be offered at least a $100 travel stipend, complimentary housing in a host home for either the director or subject, and two filmmaker passes. Additional passes may be purchased for $50.


The ALEXANDER VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL (AVFF) is the best-kept secret for food, film, and fun in the North Bay. We welcome more than 2,000 patrons for the unique mix of independent cinema with a Hollywood flare. The Festival features domestic and international narrative features, documentaries, and short films; the best in Sonoma County hospitality, chefs, cuisine, and wineries; a student film competition amplified by visiting professional filmmakers; community events and screenings in the vineyards, and more!

AVFF showcases and hosts new and emerging talents from all over the world. We create opportunities for our community, students and adults alike, to meet, interact with, and learn from visiting artists. We also offer deeply discounted tickets to students so that no one will be turned away.

This event is dedicated to bringing films and experiences to Northern Sonoma County to which the community would otherwise not have access. The 2020 Festival will take place September 23-27, 2020 (Wednesday-Sunday) and anchors between The Clover Theater in Cloverdale and Raven Film Center in Healdsburg plus other venues throughout Northern Sonoma County.

For more information about the Alexander Valley Film Society, visit www.avfilmsociety.org or call 707.893.7150.


**********ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: For student rules, regulations, and awards, please visit: https://www.avfilmsociety.org/student-film-competition

AVFF Audience Award - Feature-Length Narrative
This prize will be awarded to one feature narrative film that receives the highest marks from AVFF audiences. Cash value: $1,000

AVFF Audience Award - Feature-Length Documentary
This prize will be awarded to one feature-length documentary film that receives the highest marks from AVFF audiences. Cash value: $1,000

AVFF Audience Award - Short
This prize will be awarded to one short film across narrative and documentary categories that receives the highest marks from AVFF audiences. Cash value: $1,000


**********ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: For student rules, regulations, and awards, please visit: https://www.avfilmsociety.org/student-film-competition

2020 Alexander Valley Film Festival
Entry Rules and Regulations

When you submit your film to AVFF, you agree to all screen Entry Rules and Regulations below.

Key Dates:

March 1, 2020 - Call For Entry
April 30, 2020 - Early entry deadline
May 31, 2020 - Regular entry deadline
June 30, 2020 - Late entry deadline

* Filmmakers will be notified of their status one month prior to the Festival by email.

Entry Fees

April 20, 2020 - Early entry deadline: US $25 (features) / $15 (shorts)
May 31, 2020 - Regular entry deadline: US $35 (features) / $25 (shorts)
June 30, 2020 - Late entry deadline: US $45 (features) / $35 (shorts)

Fee Waivers

AVFF does not offer waivers except to alumni of the festival. We know it can be costly to make and market your film, so we keep our entry fees low and offer several discounts throughout the process.


* Entrants accept all rules and regulations of AVFF and must be 18+ yrs old or have written adult consent by a parent or guardian.
* Films that are not in the English language must be subtitled in English or dubbed.
* Films must not have been screened publicly prior to January 2019.
* Films submitted to The Alexander Valley Film Festival must never have been broadcasted publicly (on the Internet or television) or been commercially exhibited in the United States prior to the opening night of the 2020 Alexander Valley Film Festival. This does not include Festivals.
* The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material is an original work and that there are no disputes regarding ownership of the submission. The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead, and he/she fully indemnifies the Festival against any claim made for such violations of the law. The filmmaker understands that failure to adhere to the Festival rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. The filmmaker agrees to hold Alexander Valley Film Festival harmless from and defends them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not they are groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival.

Entry Protocol

* The Alexander Valley Film Festival only accepts online submissions.
* Films submitted for selection will be considered as final, and no changes will be accepted after submission.
* Please note that entry materials will not be returned.
* For multiple entries, each film must be submitted separately on FilmFreeway. Fees for multiple entries may be combined through the FilmFreeway system.

Please contact us at submissions@avfilmsociety.org.


Films may be re-entered in subsequent years provided that significant changes have been made to them and that they still meet all rules, regulations, and eligibility requirements. Films must not have been screened publicly prior to January 2018.

Invited Works

All filmmaker participants accepted into the Festival will be notified approximately one month prior to the Festival.
* Please note that a valid and current physical address and email address must be provided with the film. Please update that information with the Executive Director if anything should change from the date of entry. The Executive Director reserves the right to inquire about other invitations to Festivals prior to acceptance into AVFF.

If your work is accepted into AVFF 2020:

* An email agreement will be emailed to you. You must confirm and accept all conditions by replying to the email upon acceptance.
* A DCP file must be provided upon acceptance.
* The Filmmaker must provide a trailer or clip of the film under 2 minutes in length as a digital file or online link that can be embedded or downloaded.
* One comprehensive digital press kit must be provided, which includes film stills, photo of director, synopsis of film for marketing material, full cast and crew credits, and bio of director. AVFF reserves the right to secure alternative materials from other sources.

Exhibition Guidelines:
* Transportation and insurance costs of DCPs, related documents, photographs, and publicity materials from the country of origin to the AVFF office shall be borne by the applicant. AVFF will pay for the return of any hard drives to the filmmaker via FedEx.
* AVFF 2020 will be allowed to use all photographs and publicity materials received along with the entry and with all accepted films for marketing material. These photographs and publicity material will not be returned to the filmmaker.
* For promotional and publicity purposes, trailers or brief clips of any film entered into the Festival may be shown on any television network, the Internet, or related media throughout the duration of the Festival.
* Films selected for the final screening, once the offer is accepted by the filmmaker, will not be allowed to be withdrawn from the Festival under any circumstance.
* AVFF does not pay screening fees to submitted films under any circumstance. By submitting your film, you agree to screen your film without a screening fee or any other compensation if it is selected.
* Decisions of the Festival authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be binding on all parties.
* Submission in the Festival implies acceptance of these regulations.


**********ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: For student rules, regulations, and awards, please visit: https://www.avfilmsociety.org/student-film-competition

Overall Rating
  • So fantastic to be a part of this festival. Great communication, and select travel arrangements were offered to the filmmakers. Thank you so much!

    November 2019
  • Andrés Eduardo

    I wasn't able to make it but I would like to highlight their communication above anything. AVFF's staff is absolutely on top of their game, expect to meet motivated and bright people here.

    November 2019
  • Rick Gomez

    LOVE this festival! Beautifully curated and lots of fun with a ton of talented folks!

    October 2019
  • Erica Milsom

    An all-around terrific and well-organized festival. A feeling of genuine community, of deeply engaged audiences and passionate filmmakers. We will be coming back!

    October 2018
  • The festival was cancelled due to fires. Up to that point great communication and organization!

    November 2017