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APRIL 29 – MAY 8, 2022

THAT’S A WRAP!

What a wonderful, exhilarating, fulfilling, and whirlwind AVFest2022!

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 #AVFest2022.

AVFest2022 Award Winners

AVFest Audience Award – Feature-Length Documentary (cash prize $1,000)
KAEPERNICK AND AMERICA Directed by Tommy Walker

AVFest Audience Award – Feature-Length Narrative (cash prize $1,000)
THE ALTERNATE Directed by Alrik Bursell*

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) AWARD (cash prize $1,000)
WE STILL HERE / NOS TENEMOS Directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi*

AVFest Audience Award – Web/New Media Short (cash prize $500)
WE WEAR THE MASK Directed by Frederick Taylor*

AVFest Audience Award – Short (cash prize $500)
PLEASE HOLD directed by K.D. Dávila*

* Films available this week as part of the ICYMI virtual portion of the Fest.

AVFest2022 Student Film Winners

Middle School – School Project Film
Best technical achievement in filmmaking ($50 cash prize for teacher’s classroom)
HEROES OF THE REDWOODS Directed by Evan Foley & Max Schottenfeld, Hillcrest Middle School

Middle School – School Project Film
Best storytelling ($50 cash prize for teacher’s classroom)
THE PACKAGE Directed by Owen Carey, Hillcrest Middle School

Middle School – School Project Film
Best overall film ($100 cash prize for teacher’s classroom)
HANK THE HERO Directed by Willow Mullen, Petaluma Accelerated Charter School

High School – School Project Film
Best technical achievement in filmmaking ($50 cash prize for teacher’s classroom)
HEROES FROM THE RUBBLE Directed by Miles Willover, Windsor High School

High School – School Project Film
Best storytelling ($50 cash prize for teacher’s classroom)
LIFE WITH PETS Directed by Alexandra Ruiz Aguirre, Cloverdale High School

High School – School Project Film
Best overall film ($100 cash prize for teacher’s classroom)
LOVE OF A CANINE Directed by Maddie Wagner & Jair Valencia, Healdsburg High School

High School – Independent Film
Best overall film ($250 cash prize for student​)
MADE OF MEMORIES Directed by Sabrina Bomberg

College – Class Projects & Independent Film
Best storytelling ($100 cash prize for student)
A PERIOD IN TIME Directed by Andrew Carniglia

College – Class Projects & Independent Film
Best technical achievement in filmmaking ($100 cash prize for student)
NIGHT OF A WITCH Directed by Matty David Denison

College – Class Projects & Independent Film
Best overall film ($250 cash prize for student​)
THE NIGHTMARE EXPERIMENT Directed by Andrew Wynkoop

College – Class Projects & Independent Film
JOSEPH CARNATION, JR. STUDENT FILM AWARD ($1000 cash prize for student)
LOST AND FOUND Directed by Rik van Hoorn

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.

AVFest2022 Sponsors

 
Karma Dog
Healdsburg Tourism Improvement District
Reuser
Cartograph
Vanguard Properties
 
 
PFM Law
MILL DISTRICT
Erickson Fine Art Gallery
Wineroad
Redmetal Barn
Dahlia & Sage
32 Winds Wine
W Real Estate
PLANK
Cloverdale Nursery
management connections
Papa’s Pizza
Golden Lux
Erica Bishop
Erin Mavis
I.SEE.OPTICAL
El Milagro
Jim DeMartini
Michelle Caspary
Big John’s
Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce
Mackenzie Design Studio
Summit State Bank
ACE Cloverdale
 

AVFilm Leadership Donors

Anonymous
Artemis Fund
Susan Campbell & John McKinney
Cartograph
Douglas Chamberlin & Alison Finch
Nora Cregan & Al Pfeiffer
Carol Diaz & Manny Diaz
Ann Elston & Larry Lossing
Jenny & Rick Gomez
Barbara Grasseschi & Tony Crabb
Hillary & Michael Kambour
Jeanne & Stephen Kearns
David and Winky Merrill Fund
John Perkins
Randall Schai & Sarah Miller
Scott-McDonald Donor Fund
Tellez Family Vineyard
Dianne & Mark Vernon
Gay and Lesbian Fund of the Redwood Empire

Film Sponsors

 

Victor Auito & Calvin Chan
Joanne Menapace & Russ Bertucelli
Renay & Michael Fanelli
Mark Thayer & Jean Herschede

AVFest2022 Queer film brought to you by

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Filmmaker Hosts

Mary Ann Bridenbaugh
Sue Campbell & John McKinney
Cathy Castelli
Wendy & Ed Grudzien
Adrienne Heinz & Barrett Elmer
Hillary & Mike Kambour
Winky & Dave Merrill
Dianne & Mark Vernon

In-Kind Partners

 
Catelli’s
The Matheson
Sandman hotel
Flamingo Resort
Hotel Trio
Cloverdale Connect
Sonoma County Gazette
Redwood Empire Printing & Apparel
Press Democrat
Filmmaker Magazine
Yelp
Orsi Family Vineyards
Lo & Behold
Diavola
Trentadue
Mercury Wine
Cafe Noto
The Lost Church
Geyserville Inn
Hampton Inn Suites
Flamingo
sandman hotel
Wolf Coffee
Cruess wine
Wilson Winery
Soda Rock Winery
Spicy Vines Winery
Rodney Strong
Norcal Public Media
FiLMiC Pro
Barndiva
 

AVFEST WILL CELEBRATE EIGHTH YEAR IN SPRING 2022

AVFilm is a nonprofit organization that provides 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 8th year. AVFest2022 will be April 29-May 8 in Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, 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 – like 2018’s FREE SOLO and 2019’s PARASITE – 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.

Click The Tiles Below To View Prior Year’s Brochures!