Film Festivals

North Carolina plays host to a bevy of film festivals — large and small — throughout the year. If your film festival is not listed, please send a news or media release announcing dates of your upcoming festival to


RetroEpics Film Festival (previously called Escapism)
Durham, NC
September 18-20, 2015

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
September 24-26, 2015

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 25-27, 2015

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
September 25 – October 3, 2015

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 9-10, 2015

NC Family Film Festival
Murfreesboro/Ahoskie/Winton, NC
October 17-18, 2015

Strange Beauty Film Festival
Durham, NC
October 23-24, 2015

100 Words Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 6-7, 2015

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 11-15, 2015

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 21-22, 2015

Praxis Film Festival
Goldsboro, NC
February 5-6, 2016

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
February 19-21, 2016

Carolina Film & Video Festival
Presented by UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, NC
Dates TBD – Winter 2016

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
Dates TBD – Winter 2016

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Dates TBD – Winter 2016

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
March 10-12, 2016

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Durham, NC
April 7-10, 2016

RiverRun International Film Festival
Winston-Salem, NC
April 7-17, 2016

Visions Film Festival and Conference
Presented by UNC Wilmington Film Studies Department
Wilmington, NC
April 15, 2016

Longleaf Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
May 13-14, 2016

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Dates TBD – Spring 2016

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
Dates TBD – Spring 2016

Wilmington Jewish Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
May 1-4 and 8-11, 2016

GayCharlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Dates TBD – Spring 2016

Eastern NC Film Festival
Winterville, NC
Dates TBD – Spring 2016

Modern Film Fest
Kannapolis, NC
June 4, 2016

Real to Reel Film Festival
Kings Mountain, NC
July 27-30, 2016

Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure, NC
August 19-20, 2016

NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
Dates TBD, August 2016