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.

Our first 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 November 15, 2017. Notifications will be sent out by December 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 (New Yorker)  or film. He began making short documentaries after many years of writing, editing and publishing, mostly in academia; 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. He seems to think he is up to task of curating short documentaries about the South for his Atlanta community.

Henry Jacobs is a photographer 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. He frequently collaborates with his father (see above) on film and video production.


Films will only be screened at the 2018 Avondale Towne Cinema Short Docs Festival, no other screenings or permissions will be requested of the filmmakers. 

All films must be under 20 minutes in length.

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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