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AVFilm annual Film Festival: AVFest 2024 logo

Mark your calendars for the 10th annual AVFest

APRIL 26 - MAY 5, 2024


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. 


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

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

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Now open for submissions!


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.


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 9th 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.

THANK YOU TO AVFest 2023 Sponsors

Karma Dog
Dahlia & Sage
Healdsburg Tourism Improvement District
Merriam Vineyards
Joseph Cohen & Del Vecchio, P.C.
Big John’s
Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce
Erica Bishop
Erin Mavis
Jim DeMartini
management connections
Moe’s Eagles Nest Deli
SOCO Trading Company
Cloverdale Senior Multipurpose Center
Alvin Myers – Edward Jones
Healdsburg Forever
Scott Martingdale – Farmers Insurance
Healdsburg Express
ACE Cloverdale

Delores & Gary Arabian
Rachel Brass & Richard Foster
Pat Callahan
Sue Campbell & John McKinney
Doug Chamberlin & Alison Finch
Geri Biehl Clay
Patricia Dahl
Patrick Houston & M.J. Dell’aquila
Peter McAweeney & Tod Hill
Laura Vallejo


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Summit State Bank logo
Sue Campbell & John McKinney
Rachel Brass & Richard Foster
Pat Callahan


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

Filmmaker Hosts

Dr. Adrienne Heinz & Barrett Elmer
Jan & Brent Stanley
Cathy Castelli
Hillary & Mike Kambour
Dianne & Mark Vernon
Winky & Dave Merrill
Sue Campbell & John McKinney

In-Kind Partners

32 Winds Wine
The Matheson
Hotel Trio
Lo & Behold
The Lost Church
Wolf Coffee
Cruess wine
Madrona Manor
The Clover Theater
Emily Martin Events
William Gordon Winery
Hyatt Regency
Dot Wine
Longboard Vineyard
Comstock Wines

MEDIA Partners

Cloverdale Connect
Press Democrat
Jetsetting Fashionista
Shop Local Healdsburg

AVFilm Annual Leadership Donors

Kim Bender
Susan Campbell & John McKinney
Nora Cregan & Al Pfeiffer
Nancy & Geoff Dalwin
Carol & Manny Diaz
Dobie Edmunds
Ann Elston & Larry Lossing
Jenny & Rick Gomez
Barbara Grasseschi & Tony Crabb
Hillary & Michael Kambour
Wendy Conner & Preston Addison of Karma Dog Construction
Jeanne & Stephen Kearns
Barbara Lannin
David & Winky Merrill Fund
Lizbeth Perez
John Perkins
Reuser, Inc.
Randall Schai & Sarah Miller
Bob Scott & Tim McDonald
Tellez Family Vineyard
Dianne & Mark Vernon
Brian Watanabe
Jade Weymouth

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