Hey folx,

We hope you are safe and well. We need you and your stories more than ever!

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 with distribution 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.

In 2021, we will offer every screening with Spanish subtitles and closed captioning. Diversity, equity, access, and inclusion are priorities for us.

We will show ~30 films for the festival, 15-20% of which will be from unsolicited submissions.

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

Our festival budget is normally $95,000 of a $360,000 year-round budget. In COVID, it comes to roughly $27,000 of a $226,000 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 late March.

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

All accepted films will be offered two all-access passes and at least a $100 honorarium if a representative can join us for a Q&A or panel. Additional passes may be purchased for $50.

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AVFF regularly showcases and hosts new and emerging talents from all over the world. This year will be no different; it will simply take place online! Leveraging our virtual programming since the dawn of COVID, we will create opportunities for the community, students and adults alike, to meet, interact with, and learn from visiting artists. We will also offer deeply discounted tickets to students and neighbors in need so that no one will be turned away.

The 2021 Festival will take place April 28-May 3, 2021 (Wed-Sun). This event is designed to bring films and experiences to Northern Sonoma County to which the community would otherwise not have access.

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

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**********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

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

2021 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:

November 15, 2021 - Call For Entry
December 21, 2020 - Early entry deadline
January 31, 2021 - Regular entry deadline
February 28, 2021 - Late entry deadline

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

Entry Fees

December 31, 2020 - Early entry deadline: US $25 (features) / $15 (shorts)
January 31, 2021 - Regular entry deadline: US $35 (features) / $25 (shorts)
February 28, 2021 - 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.

Eligibility

* 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 2020.
* 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 2021 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.

Questions?
Please contact us at submissions@avfilmsociety.org.

Re-entry

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 2020.

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 2021:

* 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 2021 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.

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

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • 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