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AVFilm annual Film Festival: AVFest 2024 logo

Mark your calendars for the 10th annual AVFest!

APRIL 26 - MAY 5, 2024

10th annual written in a rainbow sky over mountains and vineyards with the words AVFEST2024
Now open for submissions!

THAT’S A WRAP!

What a wonderful, exhilarating, fulfilling, and whirlwind AVFest 2023!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us and make our 10-DAY festival the best yet! Thank you to our sponsors, pass holders, ticket purchasers, staff, crew, board members, volunteers, vendors, restaurants, wineries, screening venues, chefs, servers, photographers, students, teachers, parents, filmmakers, screening team, tech assistance, programmers and all of the many, many people it took to create #AVFest2023.

Click here to see all of the pictures from the Festival.

AVFest 2023 Award Winners

AVFest Audience Award – Feature-Length Documentary (cash prize $1,000)
26.2 TO LIFE Directed by Christine Yoo

AVFest Audience Award – Feature-Length Narrative (cash prize $1,000)
OUR FATHER, THE DEVIL Directed by Ellie Foumbi

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) AWARD (cash prize $1,000)
OUR FATHER, THE DEVIL Directed by Ellie Foumbi

AVFest Audience Award – Short (cash prize $500)
CHASIN’ BUTTERFLIES directed by Joshua Harding, Adam Hobbs, and Matt Klug

AVFest 2023 Student Film Winners

JOSEPH CARNATION, JR. STUDENT FILM AWARD ($1000 cash prize for student)
STRAY Directed by Ryn Hare

The 2023 Festival lineup has been announced! Click here for film descriptions.

Don’t miss AVFest 2023, Northern Sonoma County’s Film Festival, celebrating its ninth year of the best in independent film, with visiting filmmakers from across the globe, foot-stomping local music, sumptuous farm-to-table dinners, and exquisite wines. The Festival runs Friday, 4/28, through Sunday, 5/7, for ten days of singular wine-country experiences with a Hollywood flare. 

NEW THIS YEAR: We’re streamlining the Festival schedule to play one town, one venue at a time to simplify the Fest adventure for attendees, pack our houses, and give visiting filmmakers a richer experience. 

THE BROCHURE

Access the Fest brochure below using the arrows on the left and right to turn the pages.​

 

AVFest2022 – April 29-May 8 – is shaping up to be the homecoming we all deserve! With more than 100 screenings, Q&As, panels, and special events in Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Windsor, and Santa Rosa, AVFest2022 promises to be a 10-day celebration of healing, humanity, and art. This year, submissions grew 200% and half of AVFest’s final lineup will be programmed from those submissions. AVFest will also feature Sonoma County student works in the annual Student Film Competition.

This year’s regular screening venues will be The Clover Theater, Orsi Family Vineyards in Healdsburg, and the Healdsburg Community Center. Special events are scheduled for each night of the Fest, with additional panels and Q&As taking place during the days.

AVFEST WILL CELEBRATE TENTH YEAR IN SPRING 2024

AVFilm is celebrating 10 years! We are a nonprofit organization providing film & media education to local students in public schools and lifelong learners. AVFilm exhibits free outdoor movies for the Healdsburg and Cloverdale communities, a year-round, independent film series, and produces an annual Film Festival now in its 10th year. AVFest 2024 will be April 26-May 5 in Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Geyserville, Windsor, and Santa Rosa.

AVFest regularly showcases and hosts new and emerging talents from all over the world. The Fest creates opportunities for the community to gather, celebrate film, and meet and learn from visiting artists. The Fest also offers deeply discounted tickets to include students and low-income neighbors.

AVFest features cutting-edge indie films and selections of diverse works from and about underrepresented artists and communities. We actively seek socially conscious films that depict characters in the richness of their cultures and identities; works from directors of color; Latinx, LGBTQIA+, and women-driven narratives; and youth-oriented stories. 

AVFest will also feature Sonoma County student works in the annual Student Film Competition.

Below is the final schedule for you to start making your AVFest 2023 plans! CLICK HERE for the pdf version.

A grid with festival screening times and locations

2024 Donors & Sponsors

Thank you to these donors and sponsors whose contributions make all of our work possible!

PLATINUM SPONSORS

 
Cartograph
Merriam Vineyards
 

BRONZE SPONSORS

 
Karma Dog
Reuser
 

PRODUCER'S CIRCLE

Carol Beattie
Susan Campbell & John McKinney

Barbara Grasseschi & Tony Crabb
Stu Harrison & Dave Ring
Hillary & Michael Kambour
Kim & John Lloyd
Kevin & Rosemary McNeeley
Winky & David Merrill
Care Morgenstern
Renn Rhodes & Marty Roberts

 
Resting Bitch Face Productions
 

OFFICIAL HOTEL SPONSOR

 
Hotel Trio
 

BELIEVER SPONSORS

 
Summit State Bank
 

MEDIA PARTNERS

 
Cloverdale Connect
Press Democrat
Shop Local Healdsburg
 

IN-KIND PARTNERS

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