Photo: Joe Boris

Photo: Joe Boris

Photo: Joe Boris

Photo: Joe Boris




The Avondale Towne Cinema Short Docs Festival showcases short documentaries about people and places in the South. Our mission is twofold: benefit filmmakers by providing a platform to showcase their work, and benefit our community by providing a forum for fresh perspectives and insights. We look for films with the heart and soul of this diverse region.

In July 2017, we held the first of bimonthly screenings of short docs that focus on different themes (see schedule above).

Our first short short documentary festival will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018, at AVONDALE TOWNE CINEMA, 106 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, Ga.

Deadline for submissions via is December 15, 2017. Notifications will be sent out by January 15, 2017.


The Towne Short Docs Festival does not use screeners. A festival director will watch every entry to ensure we find the best films for our community (hint… we are located within 10 miles of six colleges/universities). All films selected for the festival are automatically eligible for awards. We invite filmmakers to attend and talk about their work with our audience. 


Hal Jacobs is a documentary filmmaker in Decatur, Ga., and devotee to long-form nonfiction narrative, whether it be in print or film. He began making short documentaries after many years of writing, editing and publishing; and several years of teaching screenwriting in Atlanta-area colleges. He produces work through his company, HJacobs Creative, and knows firsthand the challenges that filmmakers face in sharing their work with live audiences.

Henry Jacobs is a photographer, musician and filmmaker in LaGrange, Ga. He is also an outreach manager for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, where he spends his day educating people about the river south of Atlanta as well as helping others monitor water quality in the area.


 All films must be under 20 minutes in length.

The Towne Short Docs Festival is granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to submit the film for consideration, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

ALL films containing copyrighted music MUST be able to provide signed releases from the artists if their film is selected for screening.

By entering your film for consideration to the Towne Short Docs Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the Southern Shorts Awards Film Festival and any representative or affiliates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Films will be screened at the 2018 Avondale Towne Cinema Short Docs Festival. Permission will be requested of filmmakers if additional screenings are scheduled.

We only accept digital submissions (no hardcopy submissions) through FilmFreeway at

Please send any inquiries or related press materials, including electronic press kit, and photos to


2018 Festival Submissions

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