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


Franklin County International Film Festival
Franklinton & Louisburg, NC
April 2-3, 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

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

NC Black Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
September 15-19, 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

100 Words Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
November 4-5, 2016

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

Carrboro Film Festival
Carrboro, NC
November 19-20, 2016

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

Praxis Film Festival
Goldsboro, NC
February 3-4, 2017

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

RetroEpics Film Festival (previously called Escapism)
Durham, NC
Dates TBD, Winter 2017

Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
Dates TBD (typically near Feb 14), Winter 2017

Triad Jewish Film Festival
Greensboro, NC
Dates TBD, late Winter 2017

Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
Charlotte, NC
Dates TBD, late Winter 2017

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
Dates TBD, late Winter/early Spring 2017