* While using a smartphone or tablet, look for the three vertical or horizontal dots at the top of this page to our Avalonia Festival web pages that Honor, Celebrate and Promote our Avalonia Award Winners in “Short Films etc.” and photography!

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Avalonia Festival is named in honor of a continent lost in the mists of time, as if dissipated by magic; thus we are here to celebrate the unique Art of our own world of creation. We started as a “Short Films Etc” festival in 2017 at Rhodywood Studios in Providence, Rhode Island, USA (venue for Avalonia Film Fest I & Film Fest II), and then had our third Live Event at Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston, RI (Film Fest III).

Our home base moved in 2019 and All Beaches Experimental Theater in Neptune Beach, Florida, hosted us that December (Film Fest IV) .

Frame of Mind Art Gallery in Ormond Beach, Florida was our host venue for our Avalonia Festival Film Fest V Live Event.

In 2021, we moved up north a bit to the wonderful LionShare Cowork Auditorium on Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville, Florida for Avalonia Festival VI where we had a great time with several filmmakers and supporters coming out to join us.

We also moved Avalonia Festival’s annual Live Event up to November starting in 2021. We will return to LionShare Cowork for Avalonia Festival VII on November 5, 2022!

Beyond our annual “Short Films etc” Avalonia Festival, we have grown to add Avalonia Photography Competition.

We have a very active “AVALONIA FESTIVAL” YouTube playlist you can find here on our creator’s YouTube Channel (PLEASE LIKE, SUBSCRIBE AND SHARE) SUBSCRIBE TO MIKE MESSIER YOUTUBE CHANNEL

How did our Festival Creator come to the point in life where Avalonia was so important? Discover our fantasizing origins by watching this 10 Award Winning, 40-minute film Disregard the Vampire – A Mike Messier Documentary about the very nature of independent filmmaking here and the passion that led to A Distance from Avalon: when the dying and the dead reunite (novella, stage play, and feature film script) and Avalonia Festival right here, for free:

“I am really glad that I entered Avalonia Film Festival and can see why it’s a Top 100. The options and categories for talents and genres are limitless in creativity and the festival picks excellent selections. Mike and the whole team want the filmmakers to succeed and they are great communicators and people overall. I really felt inspired by Avalonia and supported. Any good, honest hardworking filmmaker deserves to feel that. Thank you!” -Andrew Grossberg, NEW YORK CITY

What makes Avalonia Festival unique? As an International Festival, we have had a STRONG online web presence since our inception; sharing many of the actual Avalonia Award-winning films, trailers, posters, web series, monologues, and photographs online (with permission of the creators of each project, of course). Unlike some of even the best and most well-known film festivals in the world with “less than spectacular websites”, we have had a strong, filmmaker-friendly website since day one. We invite you to compare and contrast our website to ANY film festival you’ve heard of (Sundance, Tribecca, whatever). You can decide for yourself which film festival website best HONORS, CELEBRATES, and PROMOTES the Winning filmmakers.

As a filmmaker himself, our festival creator Mike Messier wanted to make a Film Festival that would be fair to filmmakers.

“What is missing from the film festivals I myself have been entering and what would a film festival look like that actually did the work to Honor, Celebrate and Promote the Award-Winning creators who work so hard on their projects?”, Mike asked himself. That question – and the answers that have come from it – are at the CORE of our Avalonia Festival journey.

What People Say

“Wonderful festival. Met many great industry professionals who shared the same passion.”

  • Shihyun Wang, LA, CA

“This is where your talent is truly recognized, nurtured, and inspired.”


“Host was friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable… a pleasant experience in both viewing and speaking about the films being shown.”

  • Jeremiah Rosario, ORLANDO, FLORIDA

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