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
January 8-14, 2016

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

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
February 12-14, 2016

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

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
February 20-March 13, 2016

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
February 20-March 13, 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

GayCharlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
April 21-24, 2016

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
April 28-May 1, 2016

Eastern NC Film Festival
Winterville, NC
April 30, 2016

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

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

Down East Flick Fest
Greenville, NC
June 3-4, 2016

Modern Film Fest
Kannapolis, NC
June 4, 2016

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

NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Durham, NC
August 12-20, 2016

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

Full Bloom Film Festival
Statesville, NC
September 22-24, 2016

Charlotte Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
September 22-October 2, 2016

Footcandle Film Festival
Hickory, NC
September 23-25, 2016

Raleigh Film Festival
Raleigh, NC
September 30-October 2, 2016

Indigo Moon Film Festival
Fayetteville, NC
October 7-9, 2016

Tryon International Film Festival
Tryon, NC
October 7-9, 2016

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 9-13, 2016

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 19-20, 2015

NC Family Film Festival
Murfreesboro/Ahoskie/Winton, NC
Dates TBD, Fall 2016

100 Words Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Dates TBD, Fall 2016

Strange Beauty Film Festival
Durham, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2017