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October 1, 2021 Update: We are happy to announce our Live Event Venue for Avalonia Festival VI on November 6, 2021 from 2pm – 5pm EDT! Watch the video below for the announcement! For those of you within a reasonable driving distance to Jacksonville, Florida, USA please join us for our Live Event!
IMPORTANT LIVE EVENT NOTES: Covid-19 is still a major issue in Florida and so we urge filmmakers and film fans to take great caution in traveling and attending to our AVALONIA FESTIVAL VI Live Event! Use common sense; if you feel sick or if you’ve even possibly been exposed to coronavirus, please do not attend out of respect to your fellow filmmakers. As usual, our website right here will do a great job to honor our Award Winning films and filmmakers! The status of acceptance and/or winning an Avalonia Award are NOT influenced by your availability to attend the Live Event. We will not be able to pay for any filmmaker’s travel or hotel expenses to our Live Event. Their is no cover, parking or ticket charge at the Live Event for filmmakers or the general public.
Covid-19 Notes and Disclaimer: Avalonia Festival and our Live Event venue of Lionshare Cowork are not to be held liable or responsible for anyone’s personal health in regards to coronavirus and/or any other issue resulting from attending our live event. Masks will be OPTIONAL for all attendees of Avalonia Festival VI. Event host Mike Messier has been fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 Virus and Mike’s personal take is that it is in most people’s best interest to also be vaccinnated (unless the individual has other health issues or legitimate concerns with the vaccination etc).
November 20, 2020 update: More Videos Added from our Avalonia Festival V Live Event at Frame of Mind Art Gallery in Ormond Beach, Florida, USA !
“AVALONIA FESTIVAL V – WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!”
AVALONIA FESTIVAL V LIVE EVENT was held on NOVEMBER 7, 2020 from 2-6pm at FRAME OF MIND art gallery in ORMOND BEACH, FLORIDA, USA!
Special thanks to our new Judge Kazuya Ashizawa for his wonderful assistance in helping us select our Award Winners for Avalonia Festival of Short Films Etc V and also our new Avalonia Photography Competition.
HERE IS A SPECIAL VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT from our AVALONIA FESTIVAL V Live Event VENUE FRAME OF MIND:
NOTE: Avalonia Award Winning filmmakers, if your film/project is listed here on the website and you want your actual work or a teaser/trailer/still image posted here to represent your film, please email us as email@example.com ~ ! We may have tried to reach you earlier but the email went to spam or something else happened! Please help us Honor, Celebrate and Promote your AVALONIA AWARD WINNING PROJECT!
REMEMBER THAT FILM IS A COLLABORATIVE MEDIUM AND IF YOU WERE INVOLVED IN A PROJECT THAT YOUR COLLABORATOR WON AN AWARD FOR, YOU ARE ALSO A “WINNER BY ASSOCIATION”!
ONLY IF YOU ARE AN AVALONIA FESTIVAL V WINNER, YOU MAY USE COPY AND PASTE THIS LAUREL to add to your film’s poster, trailer, online presence etc. You may also check the Avalonia Festival LAUREL CENTER on FilmFreeway.com to tweak your laurel if at all necessary.
MORE AWARD WINNING PROJECTS WILL BE ADDED TO OUR WEBSITE AS WE ARE IN CONTACT WITH OUR AWARD WINNERS! CHECK BACK OFTEN! PLEASE help us HONOR, CELEBRATE and PROMOTE our AVALONIA AWARD WINNERS by SHARING THIS PAGE throughout social media! SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! COPYING and PASTING our URL is one way to sharing our page ! THANK YOU !
Best Music Video or Musical Video 180/ NOT FADE AWAY / Directed by Laurent Mercier / France
Best Comedic 180 – UBER THOUGHTS – Directed by Meredith Koch, submitted by Victor Zachary / USA
Best Documentary 1 Minute Movie – DESTABILISE – Directed by Gemma Rourke / UK
“The Ox, Nelson, & Dano” Award for Best Professional Wrestling Short Film – BRASS RING – Directed by Zachary Ross – USA
Best Sports Film – The Other Side: Pehelwaan – Directed by Rajeev Thottippully / United Arab Emirates
Best Dramatic Short – SPLIT SECOND – Directed by Kristen Cubbage & Phillip Lehn / USA
Enter the password #ProSafety to watch Split Second below.
Best Iranian Short Film – A TRIVIAL THING! – Directed by Seyed Morteza Sabzeghaba / Iran
Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Music Video – Joe Jafo Carriere Hard Rockin’ Award (TIE) – Toxicutie by TVH Official Music Video – Directed by Alli Chastain, Kevin Dewayne Davis, Tyler & Sophie Siddiqui / USA
Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Music Video – Joe Jafo Carriere Hard Rockin’ Award (TIE) – Kause For Konflikt “God Pretend” – Directed by Negatif Ju – submitted by The Human Centiprod / France
Joe Jafo Carriere was a great friend and collaborator of Avalonia Festival Creator Mike Messier. Joe was a singer, guitarist and Actor. Here’s one of Joe’s videos. Rock on, Joe!
Best Feline 180 – PENPAWLS – Directed by Marie Tollec /USA
Best Performance Art Short – UNIVERSE – Directed by Carolin Biedermann, submitted by Markus Kaatsch / Germany
Best One Actor or Actress Movie or Monologue Short – THE STRONGER / La más fuerte – Directed by Adriana Páramo Pérez / Spain
Best North Carolina Short Film – MAGIC CAMERA – Directed by Rodney S. Robinson / USA
Best Music Video or Musical Short – COUNTRY HEAVEN – Directed by Hank Bagwell / USA
Avalonia Inspirational Award (Second Year for this special recognition Award after Film Fest IV) – ETERNAL CANVAS – Directed by Abhishek Basu, submitted by Ayanjit Sen / India
Best Mobile Short – BLACK LIVES MATTER – Directed by Ashna Sharan / USA
Best International Comedic Short – SAFIYYAH – Directed by Mattis Ohana Goksøyr , submitted by Markus Kaatsch / Norway
Best North American Comedic Short – STUCK – Directed by Steve Blackwood / USA
to watch STUCK, use password Straps in the link below
… AND NOW, a very special presentation, followed by more of our annual Awards! This year, we are proud to announce our Second Recognition of our Avalonia Christiana Carteaux Bannister Award for Civil Service in the Arts to Helen Alexis Yonov, Director of WE STAND TOGETHER (Thanks for the nomination by Rebekah Louisa Smith, who submitted We Stand Together to our Festival).
This award is named in honor of the 19th century African-American activist, abolitionist, philanthropist and Rhode Islander who championed the arts, fought through hard times, and was a leader and role model for all people who value human rights.
“Christiana Carteaux Bannister, a woman of African-American and Narragansett Indian heritage, had already achieved success as a hair stylist (and wigmaker) in pre-Civil War America. Carteaux Bannister was born Christiana Babcock in Rhode Island circa 1820. After moving to Boston in the 1840s, she became a skilled hairdresser (or “hair doctress,” as stylists were known at the time). Following a failed marriage that gave her the last name Carteaux, she went into business as Madame Carteaux.”
“Carteaux ended up operating several salons in Boston, and one in Worcester, Massachusetts; she also produced a line of hair care products. Her businesses did so well that when she wed her second husband, Edward M. Bannister, in 1857, she was able to support him as he pursued a career as a painter. Carteaux also used her financial acumen to support worthy causes, such as raising funds for the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Regiment, which was made up of African-American soldiers who fought in the Civil War.”
“Rising racial tensions prompted the Bannisters to move to Rhode Island after the war, but Carteaux Bannister was able to open another salon in Providence. Her charitable actions continued as well: in 1890, she founded the Home for Aged and Colored Women (which still operates under the name Bannister Nursing Care Center). A century after her 1902 death, a bust of Carteaux Bannister was dedicated in Rhode Island’s State House.” – Sara Kettler from Black History Month: 5 African-American Entrepreneurs
We think that Christiana Carteaux Bannister’s spirit and tenacity lives on through the worthy recipient of her award this year at Avalonia Festival, Helen Alexis Yonov, a Latvian-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Alexis is the fourth generation of her family to live and work in Hollywood. However, she was born in Newport, Rhode Island and, through her father’s Naval career, she grew up in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia (1984-86) and Moscow, USSR/Russia (1990-92.) Her experiences living and traveling overseas created an appreciation for different cultures and foreign cinema, which influenced her decision to live in Paris, France from 2011-2018.
After attending Emerson College in Boston, Alexis moved to Los Angeles in 2002, where she began working as a Set P.A. In 2008, she wrote and directed the award winning short film, THE WEIGHT OF IT. While living in Paris, Alexis worked on several screenplays, one of which she is writing as a novel, as well as directing commercials. It was during her time in Paris that she found the inspiration to write her short film, THE GESTURE AND THE WORD, which she directed upon her return to Los Angeles. She is currently developing a feature film, THE TIME OF THE WOLVES, which is inspired by her experience during the 2015 attacks in Paris.
The esteemed DR. JUDITH STILLMAN won our first Christiana Carteaux Bannister Award for Civil Service in the Arts at Film Fest I . The photograph you can see on our splash page background is of Judith receiving the Award at our First Live Event.
Congratulations to Rhode Island born Helen Alexis Yonov as she continues to make all aspects of her multi-national heritage proud of her growing accomplishments as she uses her talents to fight for humanity and equality.
NOW BACK TO MORE AWARD WINNING “SHORT FILMS ETC!”
Best New England Short Film – THE REAPER – Directed by Teddy Pryor / USA
Best Dramatic 1 Minute Movie – FOR MILO – a 1 Minute Drama – Directed by Matthew D. Gilpin / United Kingdom
Best Mobile 180 – CHATTER – Directed by Ken Holmes & Audrey Seybold – USA
Best Horror 180 – SHUT IN – Directed by Jaylen Hobdy – USA
Best Horror 1 Minute Movie – BIRTH – Directed by Brody Gusar / USA
Best Romance/ Romantic Comedy – UNMASKED – Directed by Krystal Alexandria, Submitted by Robin Hofmann / USA
Best Mobile 1 Minute Movie – an entombing(dis)entombing -Directed by Adam E. Stone / USA
Best Dark Comedy Short – A STRANGE SEASON – Directed by Burak Oguz Saguner – Turkey
Avalonia Universal Encouragement Award – HAPPINESS ISN’T CANCELLED – Directed by Dexter Hemedez & Allan Ibanez / Philippines
Best Family / Children’s Short – ELEPHANTS PURR LIKE CATS DO – Directed by Kaleigh Spencer , submitted by Laura Johnson / USA
Best 1 Minute Advertisement / Promotional Video / Industrial/Training Video – PIANOCIDE – Directed by Brice Blanloeil / France
Best Sci-Fi 1 Minute Movie – VR Unlimited – Directed by Austin Sane – USA
Best Jacksonville Short Film – HOLLOW – Directed by Max Buttrill – USA
Best Horror Short Film – IT WHISPERS – directed by Madison M. Bowman/submitted by Danielle J. Bowman – USA
use the passwords ” madison ” to watch IT WHISPERS below
Best Florida 180 – SENSATION – Directed by Ashley Brooke Nelson / USA (Full Sail University)
Best Science Fiction Short – BETAVILLE – Directed by Dustin Donovan / – USA
Best Fantasy Short – IGNIS FATUUS – Directed by Preetam Choudhury / USA
Coming Attraction Award, Documentary – Infamous Characters, Notorious Villains – Produced by Heather Andolina, Directed by Andrew Gillen & Jacob Gillen / USA
Coming Attraction Award, Literary – THE SECRET SIGN OF THE LIZARD PEOPLE – by Kevin E. Buckley / Canada
Coming Attraction Award, Narrative – HUMN TRNDS – Trailer – Directed by Charlie Luccini / France
Best Canine/Dog 180 – IN PERPETUITY – Directed by Myra Vitela/ USA
Best Dramatic 180 – THE MAN WHO FEARS THE RAIN – Directed by Andrew Buckner/ USA
Best Performance Art 180 – A PLACE TO TRAIN – Directed by Jessica Gomula-Kruzic / USA
Best Documentary Short – A WALK TO BREATHE – Directed by Scott Mena / USA
Best Animation 180 – BANDY TWIST – Directed by Lyla Hammar / USA
Best Canine/Dog Short – PAWSITIVE IMPACT – Directed by Emily Jenkins / USA
Best Feline / Cat Short – HUGO – Directed by Justin Christopher Ayd / USA
Use password ” babyhugo ” to enjoy Hugo here.
Best Fantasy 1 Minute Movie – MIND CAGE – Directed by L-Shan Mo / Country of Origin: Iran , filmed in Turkey
Best Comedy 1 Minute Movie – La FLACA – Directed by Sebastian Rico – USA
Best ThoughtCrime 180 – OUROBOROS – Directed by Heather Knott / USA
Best Animation 1 Minute Movie – BEAR WITH OUR WASTE – Directed by Lawrence Hector / UK
Best Web-Series, Comedy – THE REJECTS – Directed by Cecilia McLaren & Kristin Thomas / USA
Best Family/Children’s 1 Minute Movie – LOVE IN NY: HAPPILY EVER AFTER – Co-creators: Matthew Russell & Sven Jähnert / USA
Best ThoughtCrime Short – BAG YOUR FACE – Directed by Keith Eyrich / USA
Avalonia Festival Sight & Sound Award (only ever awarded once before at https://avaloniafestival.com/avalonia-festival/) – A NEW VISION – Directed by Michael Strauss , Music and Narration by Darpan
Best Animation Short – WELCOME TO DARKMOOR – Directed by Harrison Allen / USA
Best Photo Behind the Scenes – MARIO MONICELLI, il mio Maestro – Photographer: Marco Cucurnia / Italy
Best One Actor or Actress 1 Minute Movie or Monologue – SIRI – Directed by Jake Rasmussen / USA
Best One Actor or Actress Movie or Monologue 180 – ISOLATED – Directed by Jared Jacobsen / USA
ENTER PASSWORD ” ISO ” to watch ISOLATED here
Best Actor/Actress/Performer Reel / LEONIDAS’ SHOWREEL FROM KULTUS – submitted by Leonidas Stanecu, starring Leonidas and his co-stars in KULTUS (Directed and Written by Muhd Mahfuz, Produced by Iskandar Ramli) / Singapore
Best Jax 180 (“Jax” refers to our base city of Jacksonville, Florida, USA and “180” refers to our category for films 3 minutes and under) – NOT QUARANTINED – Directed by William P Cook, Antonio Medina, Lana Thompson – USA
Best Dark Comedy 1 Minute Movie – POP UP – Directed by Sebastian Rico/ Submitted by Francisco Martin del Campo / USA (AVALONIA FESTIVAL TRIVIA: Mr. Rico has won “Best Comedy” and “Best Dark Comedy” 1 Minute Movie for two separate projects in a singular season, perhaps an Avalonia Festival first! We are having our record keepers check these statistics!)
Best Advertisement / Promotional Video / Industrial/Training Video 180 – GUMPTION – TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES – Directed by Lexx Truss
Best Florida Short Film – TIE (Two Winners Announced Among a Highly Competitive Field)
Best Florida Short Film – 8 3/4- Directed by Shawn M Cheatham / Clearwater, FL USA
Best Florida Short Film – INFECTED – Directed by Tony Garcia/ West Palm Beach, FL, USA
Best ThoughtCrime 1 Minute Movie – ACCIDENTAL ASSASSIN TRAILER – Directed by Brian Elliot/ Submitted by Amber Dawn / USA
Best Florida 1 Minute Movie – CREEZY, Where are you? – Directed by Adam Steinfield / Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA
Best Music Video/Musical 1 Minute Movie / Mafioso In the Making / Directed by Donny Walker / USA (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DONNY)
Best Vampire Short – 100 BODIES – Directed by Felicia Rivers / USA (A RETURNING WINNER from AVALONIA FESTIVAL IV)
Best Romance/Romantic Comedy 1 Minute Movie – LOVE IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY / Directed by Sven Jahnert & Matthew Russell, submitted by Matthew Russell / USA
BEST FILM POSTER, TWO AWARDS GIVEN, chosen from a great field of entries – ONE FOR NARRATIVE FILM and ONE FOR DOCUMENTARY
Best Film Poster, Narrative – RENDEZVOUS – Submitted by Seth Kozak, Photographer Alfred Quitevis – USA
Best Film Poster, Documentary – RELEASED – by Forrest Tuff, Director & Photographer, USA
Best Fantasy 180 / ELEGY FOR UNFINISHED LIVES – Directed by Adam E. Stone / USA
Enter Password ” Stone1120 ” to watch Adam’s award winning film below
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!
Watch Disregard the Vampire – A Mike Messier Documentary, the 10 Award Winning, 40 minute documentary that lead to the creation of Avalonia Festival as thus described on our Home page.
Enjoy a brief sampling of the taste of Avalonia, with Mike as Jean La Croix Distance in “Seduction of Distance”
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